Viewers watching the 95th Academy Awards scratched their heads as Elizabeth Banks presented an award.
The 49-year-old actress and director made a memorable performance when she tripped twice and almost fell while taking the stage.
She revealed the reason for her fumbling was because the person in a bear suit who joined her on stage got on her train both times because she couldn’t see through the costume.
The bear represented the one in her latest film, cocaine bear. Banks made the film about the true story of an American black bear who became confused after swallowing a duffel bag full of cocaine that had been thrown from a plane by drug smugglers in 1985.
Banks and the Bear were on stage to present the Oscar for Best Visual Effects, but she struggled to speak thanks to a very hoarse voice.
“Sorry my voice,” she said as she tried to get through her monologue.
The actress didn’t explain why she had a hoarse voice, writing on Twitter that she “woke up with no voice.”
Despite her best efforts to get through the presentation, viewers at home were very distracted by Banks’ raspy voice.
“Elizabeth Banks should have dubbed her voice, she sounds UNUSUAL. I can’t even focus on what she’s saying because she’s clearly lost her voice and won’t even address her,” one angry viewer tweeted.
But others were more supportive, including one fan who wrote: “I love Elizabeth Banks. I love stumbling upon the big beautiful dress and presenting with a lost voice and direction cocaine bear.”
And another added: “Not enough people screaming at Elizabeth Banks – the stumbling, the bear, the humor, the loss of her voice – she should host.”
Banks finally managed to announce the winner of the visual effects category through the presentation Avatar: The Way of Water.
This is an evolving story and will be updated.