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Why Jodie Foster was on crutches at the Oscars

And no, Meryl didn't do it.
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Jodie Foster and Jennifer Lawerence. Getty

The 90th Academy Awards were a ceremony of glitz, glam and well meaning, vaguely political statements. It was pretty dull!

But if you’re sitting at your desk, enjoying your morning brew and thinking, “OK, but why was Jodie Foster on crutches,” well. I’ve got news for you!

The actress appeared next to Jennifer Lawrence (an apparent giant), wearing a white blazer, black pants, flats and a pair of weird, ergonomic crutches. On stage, she joked that Meryl Streep “I, Tonya’d” her, adding “I prefer not to discuss it.” Good one, Oscars writers!

Foster, of course, was referring to the Oscar nominated “I, Tonya,” which explores figure skater Tonya Harding’s life before, during and after the infamous 1994 attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan.

But alas, not all imaginary feuds can last for twelve hours. Foster’s rep has told People that Streep’s violence wasn’t to blame, but instead Foster was injured skiing. Rich people problems!

Foster and Lawrence were onstage to present the Best Actress award — which was taken home by Frances McDormand for her work in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." 

In her speech, McDormand asked all the female nominees to stand with her, and said “Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight.”

She continued, “Invite us into your office in a couple days (or you can come to ours — whichever suits you best!) and we’ll tell you all about them.”

McDormand then concluded her speech by urging Hollywood to adapt inclusion riders — short for an equity clause for contracts that insures diversity on film sets. It was weird. And great!

That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you present an award, and also accept it. It is not, however, a promising endorsement for one's skill on the slopes.