Bella Ramsey and Anthony Ramos listed Ariana DeBose among "actors who also think they are singers" while presenting an award
During Sunday's awards ceremony, DeBose's name was inserted into the punchline of a joke presenters Bella Ramsey and Anthony Ramos made while they presented the ceremony's award for best song. (DeBose's Disney movie Wish received a nomination for the song "This Wish.")
While ribbing the nominees onstage, Ramsey, 19, listed DeBose, Jack Black and Ryan Gosling as "actors who also think they are singers" while reading off a teleprompter. As the camera cut to DeBose, an Academy Award winner for 2021's West Side Story, Tony Award nominee and longtime Broadway star, the actor appeared momentarily confused by the joke before smiling and laughing.
After the ceremony, DeBose, 32, wrote on her Instagram Story: "No I didn't find it funny. Lol."
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Barbie's "I'm Just Ken," performed by Gosling, 43, ultimately won the best song award Sunday. Another song from Barbie, Billie Eilish's "What Was I Made For?" won best original song at the 2024 Golden Globe Awards last week.
Other nominees for best song at the Critics Choice Awards included "What Was I Made For?" as well as Dua Lipa's Barbie track "Dance the Night," Jack Black's "Peaches" from The Super Mario Bros. Movie and Lenny Kravitz's "Road to Freedom" from Rustin.
While Ramos, who appeared with DeBose in Hamilton's original Broadway cast, and Ramsey presented the best song award Sunday, the pair referenced Lipa, 28, Kravitz, 59, and Eilish, 22, as notable performers in the music industry before labeling DeBose, Black and Gosling as "actors who also think they are singers."
Outside of his acting career, Black is part of the band Tenacious D, which won the Grammy for best metal performance in 2014. The band's 2012 album Rise of the Fenix also received a Grammy nomination at the time for best comedy album.
Last February, DeBose performed a musical number at the 2023 BAFTA Awards that shared praise for a number of women nominated for awards and subsequently went viral after the ceremony. While DeBose eventually joked about the unexpectedly viral rap, she did appear to deactivate her Twitter account after social media users criticized her for the performance at the time.
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