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Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards were full of surprising moments — Seth Rogen’s mane of pubic hair! Quvenzhané Wallis’ purse full of liquor! — but the biggest shock of the evening occurred when Aubrey Plaza pulled a Kanye, interrupting Will Ferrell’s Comedic Genius Award acceptance speech.
The actress, who behaved much more respectfully during Wednesday’s Q&A with Josh Horowitz after a screening of “The To Do List,” took the stage and tried to pry Ferrell’s award out of his hand. Ferrell later told Horowitz that all he smelled was “a lot of hot liquor breath,” though the actress didn’t actually say anything, instead letting her chest do the talking — where she’d written “The To Do List” in marker.
But what transpired in the minutes before she decided to hijack the Comedic Genius Award and enlist a bit of guerrilla marketing to promote her upcoming film? MTV’s All Access cameras were able to chronicle Plaza’s journey from the red carpet to the moment she took the stage.
8:45 p.m. ET: Aubrey Plaza is the last celebrity to arrive on the carpet, well after it closed and the paparazzi cleared out.
8:55 p.m.: Plaza pops into a celebrity holding room and emerges with the following scrawled across her chest: #TheToDoList.
9 p.m.: Aubrey takes her seat, and the show begins.
10:09 p.m.: Will Ferrell takes the stage to accept his Golden Popcorn for Comedic Genius.
10:10 p.m.: Aubrey rushes up onstage. She’s removed her shoes. After trying to steal his award, Ferrell asks if she’s OK. She says “yup” and returns to her seat, spilling her drink. She looks fairly horrified as Ferrell announces her to the crowd, but in a gesture of sympathy, he pretends that the bit was planned and went off without a hitch. She seems moderately relieved and smiles uneasily.
10:12 p.m.: During the next commercial break, Aubrey is escorted out of the venue by MTV executives and the head of Viacom security. She seems cooperative, which makes security less concerned as they usher her to an exit.
10:20 p.m.: Aubrey is escorted off the premises of the Sony Pictures Studios lot.
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