Kevin Costner Lauds Mulaney's 'Genius' Field of Dreams Oscars Tribute

John Mulaney's comedic flair shines at the Oscars

by Zain ul Abedin
Kevin Costner Lauds Mulaney's 'Genius' Field of Dreams Oscars Tribute
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Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the iconic film "Field of Dreams," Kevin Costner has expressed his admiration for John Mulaney’s humorous take on the movie during the 2024 Oscars. The celebrated actor, who starred as Ray Kinsella in the 1989 cinematic masterpiece, shared his thoughts with PEOPLE, labeling Mulaney's presentation as nothing short of "amazing." At 69, Costner, who recently helmed and starred in "The Horizon: An American Saga," recounted watching Mulaney's Oscars bit with great enthusiasm.

"I couldn't believe that guy. Amazing. I watched it a second time," he remarked. The veteran actor praised Mulaney, 41, for his gifted delivery during the awards show, noting the comedian's ability to captivate the audience despite the usual time constraints.

"What a chance, because there's always people in the Oscars trying to rush you,” Costner explained. “And he went fast. But what he said, I was very touched by it. I should talk to him because I was really impressed.

He was a genius”.

Mulaney's Oscar Sketch

During the Oscars in March, while presenting the award for Best Sound, Mulaney cleverly interwove a comedy sketch about "Field of Dreams." He joked, "Or what about that moment in Field of Dreams where we hear 'If you build it, he will come,' and then Costner does it, he builds a baseball field.

Or I guess he doesn’t build it — he mows down corn, and then there is a field and he's like, 'I'm going to watch ghosts play baseball,' and the bank is like, 'You wanna pay your mortgage?' And he's like, 'Nah, I'm gonna watch ghosts play baseball.'

" "Field of Dreams," a narrative centered around Costner’s character, a corn farmer in Iowa, who is inspired by mysterious voices to build a baseball field, remains a symbol of Americana and the power of dreams. The film also starred the late Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones, Dwier Brown, Amy Madigan, and Gaby Hoffmann.

Reflecting on Liotta's passing in 2022, Costner offered a heartfelt tribute to his late co-star, remembering him fondly as 'Shoeless Joe Jackson.' “Devastated to hear the news of Ray Liotta's passing," Costner wrote, acknowledging Liotta's enduring legacy.

He also reminisced about a poignant scene in the film involving Liotta's character, noting, “What happened that moment in the film was real. God gave us that stunt. Now God has Ray”. As "Field of Dreams" continues to resonate with audiences, Costner's reflections and Mulaney's tribute at the Oscars highlight the lasting impact of this beloved film.

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