British couple who accidentally gatecrashed Oscars reveal extraordinary moment they were suddenly face to face with superstars

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.

(Photo: Jimmy Kimmel Live/Youtube)
(Photo: Jimmy Kimmel Live/Youtube)
Shelly couldn’t believe it
(Photo: Jimmy Kimmel Live/Youtube)

“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.

Peter, Shelly and Nicole Kidman
(Photo: Peter Hobden and Shelly Wozencroft)
Pete with Jennifer Aniston
(Photo: Peter Hobden and Shelly Wozencroft)

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.

Shelly taking a picture of her new Hollywood pals
(Photo: Jimmy Kimmel Live/Youtube)
Shelly described it as a surreal experience
(Photo: Jimmy Kimmel Live/Youtube)
Shelly couldn’t believe it
(Photo: Jimmy Kimmel Live/Youtube)
Actors Meryl Streep and Ryan Gosling
Meryl Streep and Ryan Gosling, who Pete and Shelly met
(Photo: Getty Images North America)

“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.

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