Alongside Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg, Oh quipped that Crazy Rich Asians is “the first studio film with an Asian-American lead since Ghost in the Shell and Aloha” – a reference to the controversy that both films starred white women playing Asian characters.
Golden Globe-nominee Stone, who starred in the Cameron Crowe film as part-Chinese part-Hawaiian character Allison Ng, was present at the ceremony and could be hearing shouting “I’m sorry” in response to Oh’s remark.
Stone confirmed these reports to The Los Angeles Times, saying: “It wasn’t like I planned it, but I did say it.”
Oh and Samberg have received praise for their opening speech. They kicked off proceedings to the 76th annual ceremony by quipping that they were selected for the job because they’re “the only two people in Hollywood who haven’t gotten in trouble for saying something offensive”.
You can find a compilation of their best jokes here.
The evening’s big winners include Ben Whishaw, Richard Madden and Olivia Colman who won Best Actress for her role in The Favourite.
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