The appeal of the Oscars telecast is the giddy hope that follows any live show or broadcast -- we want a train wreck (figuratively, not literally, unless you're a sicko) to happen. In the 21st century, the Academy Awards have passed by in relatively boring splendor, the days of streakers and Cher gowns forgotten. But this year, shock came in the most unexpected of places: Best Documentary Short. Music by Prudence won, director Roger Ross Williams began to thank everyone, and then a loud lady in a purple dressed jumped on stage. Chaos reigned for 30 seconds and was hastily shooed off for the next category. Watch the whole thing after the jump.
The woman in purple was revealed to be Elinor Burkett, producer of Prudence, and Salon immediately investigated. Burkett was more than happy to reveal why she crashed the stage, and declared it was all Williams' fault. "The director and I had a bad difference over the direction of the film that resulted in a lawsuit that has settled amicably out of court. But there have been all these events around the Oscars, and I wasn't invited to any of them. And he's not speaking to me. So we weren't even able to discuss ahead of the time who would be the one person allowed to speak if we won. And then, as I'm sure you saw, when we won, he raced up there to accept the award. And his mother took her cane and blocked me. So I couldn't get up there very fast."