Martin Scorsese reacting to Eminem’s Oscars performance is an entire 2020 mood

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Rapper Eminem surprised audiences with a performance of his Oscar-winning song “Lose Yourself” during the 92nd annual Academy Awards on Sunday, for the upcoming 18th anniversary of his 2002 motion picture 8 Mile. But not everyone was taken with the performance—and that included acclaimed director Martin Scorsese, whose film The Irishman was up for a total of 10 nominations

Preferencing Em’s performance, Lin-Manuel Miranda introduced a segment about the importance music plays in films, rolling a clip featuring notable movie soundtrack hits such as “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by the Simple Minds (from The Breakfast Club), “Moon River” performed by Audrey Hepburn (from Breakfast at Tiffany’s), and “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins (from Top Gun), among others—before honoring Eminem.

“You couldn’t take the song out of the movie and you couldn’t take the movie out of the song,” said Miranda, as he introduced the clip before Eminem’s performance.

Most stars in attendance seemed to enjoy Eminem’s performance, as A-listers in the front row could be seen singing along and bobbing their heads to the song.

However, others, such as Anthony Ramos, Kelly Marie Tran, Idina Menzel, Billie Eilish, and Martin Scorsese, in particular, seemed confounded by the vintage rap track.

“Martin Scorsese made a marathon movie in The Irishman but is passing out to an Eminem performance,” tweeted Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA). Others seemed to have similar observations, after witnessing Scorsese’s apparent reaction to Eminem.

Plenty of others, on the other hand, had quips and memes about Scrcece’s nodding off. “Vibe check,” joked entertainment reporter Karen Han.

Some compared Scorcese’s reception to the Eminem performance to his apparent lack of enthusiasm towards Marvel movies:

Love it or hate it, the performance by Eminem was notable in that he initially snubbed the ceremony in 2003—in which he ultimately won an award for “Lose Yourself,” which he finally performed in 2020. Just goes to show that time is a flat circle?

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Stacey Ritzen

Stacey Ritzen

Stacey Ritzen is a reporter and editor based in West Philadelphia with over 10 years' experience covering pop culture, web culture, entertainment, and news. You can follow her on Twitter @staceyritzen.