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Elizabeth Banks Trips Over Dress While Presenting at the 2023 Oscars With Cocaine Bear

ETOnline 3/13/2023 Zoe Phillips‍

Elizabeth Banks brought an unexpected plus one to the Oscars stage on Sunday night, presenting the award for Best Visual Effects with Cocaine Bear at her side. 

Banks tripped on her dress as she walked onstage to present the Oscar and was soon joined by an actor dressed in a bear suit. 

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"He tripped me," Banks joked of the bear as she arrived at the microphone. "I recently directed the film Cocaine Bear, and without visual effects, this is what the bear would look like," she continued. 

The bear danced behind her and she told the character, "Stop it. No director wants to deal with this, stop this. The coke is not real. It's visual effects." 

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Banks went on to present the Oscar to the visual effects team of Avatar: The Way of Water. The bear later returned behind host Jimmy Kimmel, crawling up the aisle and pestering Malala Yousafzai while he monologued. 

The 2023 Academy Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel airs live on Sunday, March 12 starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC. In the meantime, keep checking back into for complete Oscars coverage including all the night's big winners

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