"Shut That Crap Off!": 9 Stars Who Powered Through the Awards-Show Play-Off Music

10:45 AM 1/10/2018

by Deirdre Durkan

Recent Golden Globe winner Guillermo del Toro is the latest in a long line of winners at major awards shows to admonish the orchestra for trying to cut short their acceptance speeches.

"Lower the music. It's taken 25 years. Give me a minute. Give me a minute,” The Shape of Water filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro demanded as orchestra music began during his acceptance speech for best director at this year's Golden Globes.

While his move might seem like an act of defiance, it marked his first Globe — and he clearly wanted to make sure he got to finish his remarks. He also is only the most recent in a string of stars who have refused to let award show music disrupt their acceptance speeches.

Read on to see who else has talked over (or at least tried to) the music.

  • Bette Midler

    2017 Tony Awards

    With a career spanning nearly 50 years, Bette Midler won her first Tony Award for acting in 2017. When the music starting playing during her speech, she responded by demanding: “Shut that crap off!”

    With the audience in cheers, the singer-actress continued her speech for best actress in a musical for Hello, Dolly! for more than four minutes.

  • Cuba Gooding Jr.

    1997 Oscars

    Cuba Gooding Jr. opened his speech accepting the Oscar for best supporting actor by acknowledging the time constraint.

    “I know I have a little bit of time, so I’m going to rush and say everybody and you can cut away and I won’t be mad at you," he said.

    Despite the blaring music, he continued to shout his thanks over the music for nearly a whole minute to the audience's delight, enthusiastically declaring "I love you!" to everyone from his Jerry Maguire co-star Tom Cruise to "everybody involved with the movie" as stars like Will Smith and Steve Martin stood and applauded.

  • Adrien Brody

    2003 Oscars

    Adrien Brody made sure his Oscar moment extremely memorable by bestowing a lengthy kiss on presenter Halle Berry as he received a standing ovation ("I bet they didn't tell you that was in the gift bag," he joked to Berry).

    When the music started rolling during his emotional speech, Brody said: “One second, please. One second. Cut it out. I got one shot at this.” He added, "I didn't say more than five names, I don't think," noting some winners' proclivity to simply thank a laundry list of people during their speeches. He ended his remarks to another standing ovation.

  • Sterling K. Brown

    2017 Emmy Awards

    Emmy producers cued the music after Sterling K. Brown’s win, which outraged viewers and This Is Us his co-star, Mandy Moore, who tweeted, “Wish we could have heard his whole speech!!”

    "You can play, you can play," he told the orchestra before commenting that "no one else got that loud music."

    Backstage, Brown told reporters, “They cut me off before I got to thank my wife!” He later finished his speech via an ad that NBC took out in The Hollywood Reporter.

  • David Mandel

    2017 Emmy Awards

    David Mandel’s lighthearted speech that he would “soon be out of a job” after the end of Veep’s seventh season didn’t prevent Emmy producers from trying to play him off before his speech was done.

    In his acceptance speech for his series' win as best comedy series, the showrunner was able to successfully talk over the music for 20 seconds before wrapping up his thoughts. 

  • Kate McKinnon

    2017 Emmy Awards

    After only a minute, producers attempted to play off Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon, who was accepting her award for best supporting actress in a comedy series.

    The music hit as she was wrapping up her thank-you's — right when she mentioned former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, whom McKinnon impersonated numerous times on SNL, contributing to her win — and she quickly wrapped it up after the music’s suggestion.

  • Michael Moore

    2003 Oscars

    In one of the most memorable speeches in Oscar history, Michael Moore ignored all the rules with an anti-George W. Bush speech, calling him a "fictitious president" who sent "us to war for fictitious reasons." Despite boos from the audience, he forged ahead over the music: "Shame on you, Mr. Bush! Shame on you!"

  • Wayne Brady

    2018 Daytime Emmys

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    When Let's Make a Deal! host Wayne Brady was named best game show host at the 2018 Daytime Emmys, the TelePrompTer operator evidently sent me a note to wrap it up. But Brady wasn't having it.

    "It took me nine years to get here. Suck it!" he said to cheers from the audience. (Brady brought his daughter, Maile, onstage with him as he accepted his award.)

    A moment later, when presenter Tom Bergeron took the stage, he commented: "I love it when somebody sasses a teleprompter."