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Indiana Jones star Harrison Ford knows a thing or two about whipping up a crowd, as his performance at Sunday’s Oscars proved with panache.
The 78-year-old Hollywood icon introduced the award for Best Film Editing at the Academy Awards’ 93rd ceremony by pulling out some old crumpled notes.
Before announcing who would receive the gong, he told guests and viewers that he would be reading out some “editorial suggestions that were prepared after the screening of a movie I was in.”
It soon became clear that the notes referred to one of his most revered films: Ridley Scott’s 1982 classicBlade Runner.
Reading from the edits, he said: “Opening – too choppy; why is this voice over track so terrible?”
The alleged notes continued: “He sounds drugged, were they all on drugs?”
Another set of critiques read: “Flashback dialogue is confusing, is he listening to a tape? Why do we need a third cut off the egg?”
The criticism only seemed to get harsher, including the observation: “Up to Zhora’s death, the movie is deadly dull. This movie gets worse every screening.”
Ford starred as detective Rick Deckard in the cult favourite sci-fi hit, later reprising the role alongside Ryan Gosling for its 2017 sequel, Blade Runner 2049.
Fans flocked to social media to share their delight at Ford’s playful presentation and for fulfilling the role of grumpy old man:
I am Harrison Ford https://t.co/xiXdMN1lyQ — Alex Alfa (@Alex Alfa)
pov you’re harrison ford being asked to present at the oscars: https://t.co/dOPO4fxCnh — mads saw nwh x2 (@mads saw nwh x2)
Here is the full list of BLADE RUNNER screening notes Harrison Ford was referencing tonight at the #Oscars https://t.co/aTqVJVgbdh — Blake Ruane (@Blake Ruane)
Harrison Ford seems like someone who’s lost his temper about the price of apples these days. — Louis Virtel (@Louis Virtel)
Harrison Ford wins the Oscar for best introduction to an award. — Emily Nussbaum (@Emily Nussbaum)
My god, Harrison Ford roasting “Blade Runner” is CLASSIC. #Oscars https://t.co/fQNRyKcADg — Carrie, The Raven of Porto (@Carrie, The Raven of Porto)
Harrison Ford. Reminds me of my dad with the long delivery, and you’re never really sure where he’s going, but he… https://t.co/TfVZvlgr56 — Michelle Beadle (@Michelle Beadle)
Ah yes, and after all that, he did remember to announce the award for Best Editing.
It went to Sound of Metal starring British actor Riz Ahmed.
You can read the full list of winners here.