On Oscar night 1991 two very surprising things happened. First, Dances with Wolves beat Goodfellas for the Best Picture award and second, Barbara Walters had an interview with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I still say Goodfellas losing was the stranger of the two.
Right out of the gate this interview is pretty weird, I mean it’s Barbara Walters and the Ninja Turtles, that’s just crazy. But some of the weirder parts include:
– Donatello thrusting toward Barbara after kissing her hand.
– Barbara Walters not knowing how to give a “low five” to Raphael.
– The claim that the Oscars were prejudice against “green people” and that’s why the turtles weren’t nominated for an Oscar. This was definitely not supposed to be a social commentary on the Oscars but at this point in history only one black actor had won a lead actor Oscar. Whoopie Goldberg would win best supporting actress on the night this aired.
– Donatello giving Barbara “bedroom eyes” right before Barbara reminded the turtles that they never knew their parents and then laughing as Donatello sobbed uncontrollably.
All around pretty weird. Enjoy!