Oscar Winner Paul Rogers Dissed Harry Style’s Controversial Grammy Speech and The Internet Is Here For It
The biggest night of the film industry has wrapped up but there is no shortage of people still gossiping about it on the internet. Despite all that, we can agree that Oscars 2023 concluded without any memorable drama or onstage mishap. In the 95th Academy Awards, Everything Everywhere All At Once swept the majority of the prestigious awards. That included Paul Rogers winning in the Best Film Editing category for his work on the Michelle Yeoh-led blockbuster. The editor delivered a charming acceptance speech at the event and said, "This is too much. This is my second film, y’all, this is crazy." He also had time to diss Harry Styles during an interview and the internet cheered him on.
His acceptance speech didn’t garner much attention compared to his post-award Q&A session with the media, where people connected that he shaded singer Harry Styles’ Grammy acceptance speech, per HuffPost. During the press interview, Rogers made sure to address and celebrate the diverse group of people who were associated with the Oscar-winning film. A reporter who was possibly nervous threw a question at Rogers, asking him about the story of an immigrant in the film. Rogers assured the reporter that she has asked a great question and then proceeded to give a thoughtful response.
“This kind of thing unfortunately does happen to guys like me, a lot, too much, most of the time… what Dan and Daniel are conscious of is who are we mentoring, who are we hiring, what kind of stories are we lending our time and our energy to tell.” - Oscar winner Paul Rogers pic.twitter.com/RJVCpUNqgt— Ryan Aguirre (@aguirreryan) March 14, 2023
"We see a lot of movies that tell stories about certain types of people, and they tend to focus on the story of the man, the white man, and having this beautiful story of an immigrant family was amazing. And I think like James Hong was describing in his speech, it’s long, long, long overdue," Rogers replied, possibly referencing James Hong’s SAG speech, where the actor spoke about how studios didn’t think Asians were box office draws.
"This kind of thing, unfortunately, does happen to guys like me a lot, too much most of the time," Rogers said while looking down at the trophy he had won. It appeared as if he was making a reference to Harry Styles’ Grammy speech where the musician had made some controversial remarks. On February 5, 2023, the British pop star received criticism for his clueless comment regarding his privilege by saying: "This doesn’t happen to people like me very often." Rogers highlighted the importance of using privilege to give women and people of color a platform as well.
I cannot believe Paul Rogers just killed Harry Styles https://t.co/lc47xdL4b1— Annie 🖤 (@Annie_Devine) March 14, 2023
harry styles gave THIS humble af speech and people are hating on him because their fav didn’t win?? he deserved this grammy more than anything so respectfully, get over yourselves. pic.twitter.com/P8PVSSV4SA— sofia (@remsfia) February 6, 2023
Roger’s video was circulated on several social media sites and one such video gained over 200,000 views on TikTok. Several netizens praised Rogers for being "aware of his privileges and being an accountable man" and a few people pointed out the "diss of Styles" and "wrote how this video should be sent to the pop singer." Shade or no shade, we are grateful that Rogers brought up an important point and acknowledged his "privilege" and how often individuals like him win major awards compared to people of color or Asians in the industry.