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Monday, 9 April, 2001, 10:08 GMT 11:08 UK
Myers' Oscars joke backfires
Mike Myers
Canadian-born Myers wrote and produced Austin Powers
The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered a written apology over comments by actor Mike Myers at last month's Oscars ceremony.

During the 25 March ceremony, Austin Powers star Myers made jokes at the expense of film sound technicians while presenting awards for best sound and sound editing.

Now the Los Angeles Times reports that Academy president Robert Rehme has sent a written apology to the academy's sound branch.

"We will certainly endeavour to see that it doesn't happen again," said Rehme.

My statue's as high as Julia's

Sound-editing Oscar-winner Jon Johnson

The governors of the academy's 430 member sound branch had written to Rehme, complaining that Myers' comments were "an insult".

Long-standing Academy guidelines prohibit presenters from being dismissive of any of the categories for which Oscars are presented.

'Shock waves'

Myers - who is a writer and producer as well as the star of Austin Powers and Wayne's World - had presented Oscars three times before.

His comments, which were scripted, went as follows: "Now Ladies and gentlemen, the award we've all been waiting for ....Julia!

"OK - sound and sound editing.

"Now, I know what you're asking yourself. Will the winner this year be Chet Flippy or Tommy Blub-Blub?

"We don't know, but what I do know is that what's in this envelope is gonna send shock waves through the industry. Oh, yeah!"

Mike Myers
Myers starred in Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2
The sound branch governor - Donald C Rogers - said that the remarks were "offensive" and "an insult" to the film industry, which is based fundamentally on "wonderful sights and sounds".

The Academy has rules to ensure that categories are not denigrated in any way during the ceremony.

The producer of the award ceremony has also apologised for the remarks, which he approved in the script.

The Academy Award for best sound went to Scott Millan, Bob Bemer and Ken Weston for Gladiator, while Jon Johnson picked up an Oscar for best sound editing on U-571.

Interviewed in the Los Angeles Times Johnson said that he was "surprised" by the remarks but not "personally stung" by them.

"My statue's as high as Julia's," he quipped.

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