OSCARS 2017

Oscars 2017: Jimmy Kimmel Brought Regular People to the Academy Awards, and They Had the Time of Their Lives

They came armed with selfie sticks and left with Jennifer Aniston’s sunglasses.


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Everyone has dreamed about attending Oscars, but those dreams usually involve a designer dress and a half day of pampering. Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel invited a special group to this year’s Oscars who didn’t get all of that. In fact, they didn’t even know they were invited at all. In one the greatest moments of this year’s show, Kimmel escorted a group of unsuspecting tourists into the front row of the Dolby Theater, and they reacted the way any of us would when faced with a room full of our favorite celebrities: They took a ton of selfies.

Here’s how it happened: Kimmel announced in one of the interlude moments between awards that a group of vacationers on a Hollywood tour bus were arriving to the building, fully unaware that they were about to walk into the world’s most legendary award show and be cheered by a theater full of famous faces. Though the group of “regular people,” selfie sticks and cell phones in hand, was only on screen for a few moments, a lot went down as they mingled with the actors and actresses seated in the area.

One man, now internationally known as Gary from Chicago, and his fiancé Vicki were among the lucky visitors, and they particularly made the most of the experience. Gary greeted Nicole Kidman with a kiss on the hand.

His bride-to-be did what anyone would do after receiving a kiss on the cheek from Ryan Gosling.

And when Vicki shouted out Denzel Washington as her favorite actor and Kimmel asked if the actor would be willing to be the best man at their upcoming wedding, the Best Actor nominee did them one better by standing up to “marry” them right there in the middle of the Oscars. “I now pronounce you husband and wife. Kiss the bride,” Denzel said straight into their cell phone video in an abridged ceremony that’s about as official as they come. Another couple of newlyweds on the tour later said, unfortunately, Washington wasn’t available to officiate their nuptials. Same.

Gary got to take a selfie with Best Supporting Actor winner Mahershala Ali and an actual Oscar.

And finally, Vicki was gifted a pair of Jennifer Aniston’s sunglasses that she’ll no doubt wear every day for the rest of her life.

Oscars 2017: See What Everyone Wore On The Red Carpet

Ruth Negga in Valentino and Irene Neuwirth jewels attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Jessica Biel in KaufmanFranco attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Ava DuVernay in custom Ashi Studio attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Emma Roberts in Armani Prive attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Kirsten Dunst in Dior Haute Couture attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Karlie Kloss in Stella McCartney attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Feretti attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Felicity Jones in Dior attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Sofia Carson in Monique Lhuillier attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Isabelle Huppert in Armani Prive attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & Russo Couture attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Andrew Garfield in Tom Ford attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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John Legend in Gucci attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Teresa Palmer attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Pharrell Williams in Chanel attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Cynthia Erivo attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Leslie Mann in Zac Posen attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Olivia Culpo in Marchesa attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Riz Ahmed attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Octavia Spencer in Marchesa attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Ginnifer Goodwin attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Terrence Howard in La Perla attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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David Oyelowo in Dolce & Gabbana attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Justin Timberlake in Tom Ford attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Mahershala Ali attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Dev Patel in Burberry attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Janelle Monae in Elie Saab Couture attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Casey Affleck attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

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