Jessica Chastain, a well-educated actress, fell as she made her way to the platform to accept the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Female Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries.
Although the incident wasn’t caught on live television, it was on a number of other cameras, some of which have since become viral on social media. Chastain gave off the impression that she was unharmed and even joked about the incident when accepting the award.
She jokingly said, “I tripped on the stairs — but I had two very handsome men helping me up so that wasn’t so bad.” However, when she quickly adopted the gender identities of her two rescues, there were no shouts from the Hollywood crowd.
Following the mishap, Chastain’s terrible error prompted comparisons to Jennifer Lawrence’s 2013 Best Actress Oscar winner mishap, which left the winner face down on the narrow stairwell.
Even a few years after the occurrence, Lawrence acknowledged she was still preoccupied with the incident. She was incredibly irate with CNN’s Anderson Cooper after he suggested that she had staged the incident on purpose to gain more attention.
“I was ready for it. I was very nervous and also very superstitious. I didn’t want to acknowledge the possibility that I would win. I didn’t want to write down a speech. I had everything in my head. I was very, very nervous but I was ready. All of the adrenaline clears out and they call my name and I’m elated and I’m in shock. And then I fell, and it erased everything from my mind. My full brain went blank. I can look back at it now fondly but for a very long time the fall thing was very sensitive,” on a podcast released a few years later, Lawrence admitted.