Monday executive order of the Academy that this year Oscars presenters will include music producer DJ Khaled, surfer Kelly Slater, snowboarder Shaun White and skateboard legend Tony Hawk were greeted coolly by some, especially when it came after the revelation that West Side Story star Rachel Zegler is not invited to attend the big night. As a film producer and critic Scott Weinberg tweeted“Then the lead actress West Side Story did not get an invitation to the film awards, but did Tony Hawk and DJ Khaled? “Author, former EW editor and notable Oscar viewer Mark Harris riffed at both the Academy’s desire to attract young viewers and the age of 53-year-old Hawk, when he tweeted that “Young people who do not see the Oscars have loved Tony Hawk ever since they read his December 2020 interview in AARP The Magazine!”
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Hawk, in turn, hit Twitter to claim that he do deserves to snatch his tuxedo on March 28th.
“If one is in each Jackass movie, xXx, The Police Academy 4 and Sharknado 5 does not qualify me to present at the Oscars, so your taste in film needs to be adjusted, “the skateboarder wrote on Twitter.
While Hawk may have had a little fun with his tweet, the truth is that he drastically underplayed the length, if not necessarily the Oscar-worthy character, of his filmography. The skateboarder’s many other movie credits include Josh Brolin starring Thrashin ‘, Excellent cube, Lords of Dogtownand The new guy. Hawk also appeared as Peter Fonda’s stunt double during the tsunami sequence from John Carpenter’s 1996 film Escape from LA. How many of this year’s other Oscar presenters (a list that includes Lady Gaga, Kevin Costner and Rami Malek) can say the same thing? Zero!
Watch that sequence from Escape from LA. below.
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