A British couple who managed to accidentally gatecrash the Oscars – were shocked when they ended up getting a whole host of A-List selfies.
Pete Hobden, 55 and Shelly Wozencroft, 50 were enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime holiday in the US when they decided to take a sightseeing tour of Hollywood – but all wasn’t what it seemed.
The bus’ final destination ended up being the Oscars ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard last month.
“They lifted up the fence and ushered us inside, past two security guards and through a metal detector,” explained Pete.
“They told us, ‘This is a special tour’ and said we would be going to an exhibition to see all the gowns, and we might get to touch an Oscar.
“We had no clue what we were in or whatsoever.”
It was the other biggest Oscars surprise after the La La Land/Moonlight Best Picture hoopla – as it turned out the tour was actually a prank organised by host Jimmy Kimmel.
Jimmy broadcast the whole experience on his YouTube channel – and the celebs were in on the joke too, including Nicole Kidman, Ryan Gosling and Jennifer Aniston. And they trotted down the front row of the star-studded ceremony.
“When the does opened it was a surreal moment where all these people were clapping us. I just thought, ‘Oh Jesus, we’re at the Oscars.
“I was just babbling. I couldn’t speak properly. Shelly was shaking. We were in total shock. It was unbelievable. We were just awe struck.”
Pete and Shelly got selfies with Jennifer, Ryan and Nicole, met Halle Berry, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Samuel L Jackson and Meryl Streep – and had an unforgettable encounter with Denzel Washington.
“At one point, I turned round and was thinking, ‘I recognise that guy’.
“I said, ‘I don’t know your name because you haven’t got a name badge.’ Then he left and I walked past him and realised it was Denzil Washington.
“We were just awe-struck. All our friends and family are so jealous.
“It was an amazing experience. We never thought we would go to the Oscars.”
Shelley adds, “It was so surreal. It is something I will never ever forget. It was the best experience of my life.