Hugh Grant has been condemned by publications across the globe for his ‘painfully awkward’ red carpet interview with model Ashley Graham at the Oscars last night.
Many have hit out at the 62-year-old actor for lacking enthusiasm as he responded to the 34-year-old’s questions on the red carpet at the Los Angeles event.
Grant has been lambasted by media at home and abroad for shutting down the enthusiastic reporter and even rolling his eyes during the ‘excruciating’ interview.
However, many have rushed to defend the actor, insisting that it was just Grant’s typical British humour, while others deflected the scathing criticism towards Graham for her ‘dull’ questions.
ABC host Graham had begun her interview with the question: ‘What’s your favourite thing about coming to the Oscars?’
Hugh Grant has been condemned by publications from across the globe for his ‘painfully awkward’ red carpet interview with Ashley Graham
The actor replied that the night was ‘fascinating’ and added ‘The whole of humanity is here. It’s vanity fair.’
His interviewer shot back: ‘Oh, it’s all about Vanity Fair’ presumably believing Grant was making reference to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, which was due to start straight after the awards.
But it is more likely Grant was making a reference to the 1848 William Thackeray novel, that is noted for its descriptions of the English elite gathering and gossiping.
When Graham pressed him on who he was most excited to see at the awards, Grant said: ‘Um, no one in particular.’
Swiftly moving the conversation on, the model asked: ‘What are you wearing?’ Grant offered an insightful: ‘My suit.’
Graham went on to ask: ‘What was it like to be in Glass Onion? How fun is it to shoot something like that?’
But she was met with a slightly awkward response: ‘Well, I’m barely in it, I was in it for about three seconds,’ Grant replied.
‘It still must have been fun though, you had fun right?’ Graham said as she powered through the hat.
‘Erm… almost,’ the actor replied as he looked away.
In the fallout since, Norwegian publication TV2 wrote ‘What a piece of s**t’, in reference to the social media backlash he has endured, below a picture of the Notting Hill actor.
Meanwhile, FranceDaily ran the headline: ‘Hugh Grant rolls his eyes after painfully awkward Oscars red carpet interview’.
In a brutal assessment of the The Four Weddings and a Funeral star’s interview, the article opened by saying: ‘Why stop doing a red carpet interview if you’re going to be an a**hole on live TV?
‘That’s the question we have for Hugh Grant, who literally rolled his eyes after rejecting every one of Ashley Graham’s questions during the Oscar pre-show airing on ABC on Sunday.’
But in response to the backlash Grant has faced, many users flocked to social media to defend the actor. One said: ‘Her questions were dull and she didn’t catch his vanity fair comment sorry Ashley but this is on you.’
FranceDaily did not hold back on Grant for his ‘painfully awkward’ interview as they accused him of being an ‘a**hole on live TV’
Italian newspaper Il Messaggero also weighed in on the backlash, accusing ‘bored’ Grant of assuming a ‘rude attitude during the interview’
Many flocked to social media to defend Grant and instead deflected the criticism onto Graham
Meanwhile another added: ‘Not only [was Graham] boring, she missed his reference to vanity fair, thinking he was referring to the after party and she obviously did not see the movie he was in because if she had she wouldn’t of asked the question she did.’
A third simply said: ‘The “problem” was with Ashley – not with Hugh. And a fourth added: ‘Everybody is criticizing him, but I don’t think it what he said was personal against Ashley Graham. I think it’s just his and his sarcasm’.
But Italian newspaper Il Messaggero sided with Graham, accusing Grant of assuming a ‘rude attitude during the interview, responding with a bored, blatantly uninterested way’.
They added: ‘Despite the journalist’s attempts to establish a normal dialogue, the face of “Notting Hill” has chosen monosyllables and sometimes contemptuous.’
Germany news website Bild also condemned the actor for behaving ‘completely wrong’ and asked: ‘Aren’t you ashamed, Mr. Grant?’
Norwegian publication TV2 ran the headline, ‘What a piece of s***’ below a picture of the Notting Hill actor in reference to the social media backlash he has received
Meanwhile, US magazine Rolling Stone did not hold back either, stating: ‘Hugh Grant had a bad night, coming off as the ceremony’s unchallenged b***** queen. He did a red-carpet interview with Ashley Graham, rolling his eyes and complaining about not having enough screen time in Glass Onion.’
The outlet also took to their social media channels to have a dig at Grant, tweeting: ‘And the Oscar for Best Actress goes to Ashley Graham telling Hugh Grant “it was nice to talk to you”.’
Grant’s interview has been felt far and wide, with Greek publication OEMA running the headline, which was perhaps a little lost in translation: ‘Killing Rude Hugh Grant and Ashley Graham’s Snob Interview at the Oscars’. They too criticised Grant for being ‘awkward’ and ‘brief’.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post labelled Grant’s interview as ‘excruciating’ and Swedish paper Expressen simply asked: ‘But what are you saying, Hugh Grant?’
US magazine Rolling Stone jokingly hailed Ashley Graham as Best Actress for ‘telling Hugh Grant “it was nice to talk to you”‘
Greek newspaper OEMA launched a scathing attack on Hugh Grant for being a ‘snob’ in the interview. The headline was perhaps a little lost in translation
Swedish paper Expressen simply asked: ‘But what are you saying, Hugh Grant?’ as global media lambasted the actor
Italian website Corriere rated Grant’s performance at the Oscars a four out of 10 and branded him ‘mischievous’
The Washington Post went as far to say that Hugh Grant’s interview with Ashley Graham was ‘excruciating’
Euro.esEuro slammed Grant for the ‘uncomfortable interview’ at the 95th Annual Academy Awards
Italian website Corriere rated different actors’ displays at the Oscars – and Grant was not judged highly. The Love Actually star was given a four out of 10 and branded ‘mischievous’.
They said ‘he did everything to dampen the enthusiasm of the interviewer’.
It momentarily took away from a stunning night in Hollywood, where Everything Everywhere All At Once won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, while Michelle Yeoh won Best Actress for her role in the film.
Brendan Fraser completed his incredible career comeback with a Best Actor win for his role in The Whale.