‘Paperman’ Scores Oscar, Inspires Antics During and After Win

John Kahrs, Kristina Reed © AMPASTo virtually no one’s surprise, the revolutionary Paperman short from Walt Disney Animation Studios claimed the industry’s top honor for Short Film (Animated). Director John Kahrs (pictured, left) took to the stage to receive the accolades with a short, yet sincere speech.

Meanwhile, according to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Kristina Reed (also pictured, left) decided to celebrate the win by tossing kiss-accented paper planes into the audience from her seat in the mezzanine. Although none of the projectiles appeared to approach the stage, Reed was reportedly temporarily ejected from the Dolby Theatre, only to return a few minutes later after a ‘small protest.’

After exiting the stage, Kahrs — still fresh from his win — continued on to the press tent where winners entertained a few questions from the accredited press, chosen by lottery for each winner. It was here that Kahrs encountered actor David Arquette who received his credentials via the Howard Stern show on Sirius/XM satellite radio. Among several questions from other reporters actually relevant to the short (for which Kahrs remained humble and spoke highly of his fellow animators at the studio), Arquette contributed the following exchange:

DA: I’m an actor, David Arquette.

JK: I recognized you.

DA:I do lots of voices. I can do a low voice. I can do a high voice.

JK: This is my next step, actually, because I didn’t use any words so this is the thing I’m terrified of is actually putting voices in the animations.

DA: So put nice actors but, you know, because you have to stay in the room with them. But what are you most excited about in your Oscar gift basket?

JK: Actually, the Oscar gift basket was very modest.

DA: But there were condoms in there. If you don’t use them, I can use them, bro.

When he’s not hitting up Oscar winners for their loot, Arquette provides the voice of Skully, the parrot from Disney Junior’s ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ which is produced by Disney Television Animation, located at the Walt Disney Studios, across the street from the Feature Animation building.

Photo and transcript courtesy Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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