Elinor Burkett, the woman that Kanye’d one of last night’s Oscar winners, was actually the co-winner of his award. But they’ve been feuding and he literally sprinted to the stage to get there first.
People are already saying you “pulled a Kanye.” What happened? BURKETT: What happened was the director and I had a bad difference over the direction of the film that resulted in a lawsuit that has settled amicably out of court. But there have been all these events around the Oscars, and I wasn’t invited to any of them. And he’s not speaking to me. So we weren’t even able to discuss ahead of the time who would be the one person allowed to speak if we won. And then, as I’m sure you saw, when we won, he raced up there to accept the award. And his mother took her cane and blocked me. So I couldn’t get up there very fast. Can you explain the reason behind the conflict? BURKETT: The movie was supposed to be about the entire band, Liyana. And the [band members] were very clear they did not want to participate if it ended up being just about one person. The director and HBO decided to focus solely on Prudence . . .
I did notice how he leapt from his seat and ran to the stage, but I thought he was just excited.
RELATED: Elinor Burkett is also the author of the noted book about the early years of AIDS, The Gravest Show On Earth.