Murphy departure finals

A perfect confirmation about Eddie Murphy having left the Kodak auditorium after he didn’t win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar has arrived by way of L.A. Times columnist Joel Stein, who spent last Sunday night hanging at the Hollywood Bowl parking lot with all the top celebrity limo drivers, one of them being Murphy’s driver, Karlo Ateinza, who’s been hauling Murphy around for the last seven years.

“Karlo wasn’t having a great night because Murphy lost early,” writes Stein. “I”m really sad. I feel sorry. He should have won it,’ Karlo said. ‘But Alan Arkin is good.’

“Karlo, who drives Murphy only when he isn’t needed by Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock or Colin Farrell (Reeves and Bullock both needed him last year, so they rode together), said he figured he’d be home by midnight. ‘He’s not a party animal,’ Karlo said. ‘Last night, he went to two parties, stayed for 45 minutes and went back home.’ After the Golden Globes, Murphy went straight home. Even though he won.

“Though he was worried about Murphy’s mood, Karlo tried to convince himself that the boss wouldn’t be ornery. ‘When he got the Golden Globe, he just put it in the car and he was the same Eddie Murphy. So maybe he won’t care.’

“Right then, at 6:52 p.m., long before Jennifer Hudson would win her Oscar, Karlo’s cellphone rang. ‘I have to go right now,’ he said. ‘I have to pick him up.'”

There’s also this report from the Daily Mail‘s Baz Bamigboye: “If there was an award for worst loser, Eddie Murphy would surely have nailed it.

“He was tipped to take the best supporting actor Oscar for his role in Dreamgirls but lost out to 72-year-old Alan Arkin, who played a drug-addicted grandfather in Little Miss Sunshine. Minutes later Murphy stormed out of the venue and went home — breaking an Oscars taboo of being ungracious in defeat.”

Theres also this “Celebrity News” report by Us magazine’s Noelle Hancock: “Is Eddie Murphy a sore loser? After failing to nab the award for Best Supporting Actor to Little Miss Sunshine√ɬ¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√¢‚Äû¬¢s Alan Arkin, Murphy tried to brush off the loss, telling Us, ‘It’s fine. It happens. It’s OK.’

“But clearly it wasn’t. Shortly thereafter Murphy, 45, and girlfriend Tracey Edmonds left the show in a huff and didn√ɬ¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√¢‚Äû¬¢t return. Thanks to the early exit, the actor didn√ɬ¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√¢‚Äû¬¢t see any of his Dreamgirls castmates perform and missed out on costar Jennifer Hudson√ɬ¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√¢‚Äû¬¢s win for Best Supporting Actress.”

  • rocco

    Playing devil’s advocate here, but doesn’t this imply some passion?? If this were Michael Mann, you’d be rationalizing how true artists are nutters and narcissists, and sometimes we all let our emotions get the best of us…

  • vansmith

    the pounding continues..

  • VedaPierce

    And Helen Mirren snubbed the Governer’s Ball menu and ordered fast food takeout instead.

    http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/02_03/MirrenBurgerDM2702_468x465.jpg

    Monster!

  • DavidF

    Murphy’s a jerk. He makes bad movies. He left early like a little child.

    He’ll never be nominated again so Jeff will never have to worry about it again.

    Can we let it go now?

    And can anyone offer a definitive answer- was the Bill Murray thing a joke? I always thought that he wasn’t really leaving (he got up rather theatrically) but people seem to keep referring to it as if he really was leaving. wattsup with that?

  • http://oscarwatch.com bipedalist

    Who gives a fuck?! I would have left too.

  • Breedlove

    The limo driver should and probably will be fired. The job ain’t rocket science: don’t get into any accidents, be on time, and don’t tell the LA Times when your boss leaves the Oscars early in a huff.

  • http://martiansattackingindianapolis.blogspot.com Josh Massey

    “Stormed out” and “left the show in a huff?” Gotta love the editorializing from people who weren’t even in the room. Couldn’t he have just quietly walked out during a commercial break?

    God forbid: the guy doesn’t like the parties and goes home, presumably, to his kids.

  • christian

    the bill murray thing is tough to confirm.

    some say he was clearly joking, others no.

    my sense is that murray probably feels lucky to be nominated and he would hardly be in a position to act offended given he was the star of CADDYSHACK and MEATBALLS.

    it is true that a crewmember told him he was a jerk to his face at a AQUATIC LIFE press conference.

    but bill murray actually has a cute myspace page, so i think he’s just the trickster.

  • Craig Kennedy

    The only ‘perfect confirmation’ here is that Jeffrey Wells is The Douchemaster General.

    Winning isn’t enough. There has to be complete and total surrender and the losers need to be paraded through town and humiliated.

    Talk about lacking class.

    By the way, Bill Murray rules. I don’t care if he left the Oscars early.

  • Rich S.

    “What is good, Conan?”

    “To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you in chains, and to hear the lamentations of their women. That is good.”

  • http://www.hollywood-elsewhere.com gruver1

    Wells to cjKennedy: There was speculation but no first-hand confirmation that Murphy left early before Joel Stein’s piece appeared today. Stein being with Murphy’s driver and the driver getting the call at 6:52 pm to pick up Murphy and whatsername settled it. I care about confirming stuff and being sure. Sorry if that taxes your patience.

  • Craig Kennedy

    I assure you sir, my patience on this subject was running on fumes 3 weeks ago.

  • chicbn872

    Wow…is this the Eddie Murphy Fan Club? The guy sucks. His movies have sucked for 20 years.

    I’ve seen Dreamgirls. I also have seen the Hot Tub sketch from SNL…equally good performances.

  • http://www.filmjerk.com/ Edward Havens

    Wait… didn’t someone else at the Los Angeles Times hang with the limo drivers last year? Way to keep the paper on the cutting edge there, Mr. O’Shea!

  • jeffmcm

    Chicnbn, you misunderstand: nobody here wants to defend Eddie Murphy. We’re all just sick of Wells going after him like a rabid dog with Dee Wallace.

  • Balerion

    Having just watched this Oscar highlight program in Sweden (compressing it all to 1.5 hours), I noticed with a bit of surprise (given all the reports here) that as Jennifer Hudson completed her acceptance of the Best Supporting Actress award, it cut to various people applauding her … and there were Eddie Murphy and his wife, clapping.

    Would they _really_ have splice in a clip from earlier just to keep up the notion that he was there? I wouldn’t put it past them, of course, but it just seems easier not to bother inserting him into the shot.

    Perhaps the idea is that he gave the call that he was leaving well in advance, but that he waited around to see if Hudson won before allegedly taking off?

  • dixiedugan

    Rich S – Ha! Best laugh I’ve had all day.

    Jeff honey, I love ya, but we’ve got to move on. If you are finding you are spending wayyyyy to much time on this Eddie thang, try and break up your day a little bit and do some cleaning for me instead. It’ll keep your mind better occupied and you’d be doing me a great favor.

  • delbomber

    Playing devil’s advocate here, but doesn’t this imply some passion?? If this were Michael Mann, you’d be rationalizing how true artists are nutters and narcissists, and sometimes we all let our emotions get the best of us…

  • cjKennedy

    The only ‘perfect confirmation’ here is that Jeffrey Wells is The Douchemaster General.

    Winning isn’t enough. There has to be complete and total surrender and the losers need to be paraded through town and humiliated.
    Talk about lacking class.

    By the way, Bill Murray rules. I don’t care if he left the Oscars early.

  • cjKennedy

    I assure you sir, my patience on this subject was running on fumes 3 weeks ago.

  • Chicago48

    Only for the Dreamgirls cast do we get blow-by-blow what they said, what they did, didn’t do…is anybody trailing Leo and Mark and reporting what they did? GEEZ!

  • http://web.mac.com/adamorth/iWeb/adam%20orth/ortholomeux..html sweet_billy

    “What is good, Conan?”

    “To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you in chains, and to hear the lamentations of their women. That is good.”

    that’s not even right…