Two of the people being credited with getting audiences back in the theater apparently have skipped the biggest night that celebrates movies.
Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel mentioned in his opening monologue that both Tom Cruise and James Cameron were not in attendance, though he joked that perhaps Cruise was there, dressed as nominee Judd Hirsch.
While Cruise’s blockbuster “Top Gun: Maverick” is nominated for best film, Deadline reported the star was skipping the show because of work.
Meanwhile, Kimmel mentioned there was some speculation that Cameron sat this one out because he had not been nominated in the directing category for “Avatar: The Way of Water,” which is also nominated for best film.
“Avatar” producer Jon Landau said on the red carpet (which was really champagne-colored) that Cameron was not coming for “personal reasons.”