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The Oscars Mystery That Has Twitter Buzzing

Every Oscars ceremony seems to have its own special, meme-worthy moment that causes audiences to buzz after the awards are given out. There was the time Rob Lowe and an actress playing Snow White performed an extravagant opening number to the tune of "Proud Mary." The time that Jack Palance did a series of one-armed push-ups while accepting his Best Supporting Actor trophy. And, of course, the time that Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty accidentally presented the 2016 Oscar for Best Picture to "La La Land" instead of "Moonlight."

In  2022, the meme-worthy moment seems to involve a person who accompanied a winner of an award to the stage, and their presence turned into quite a mystery for the viewers at home as well as audience members. Fans were incredibly confused about their presence, then they were incredibly delighted. Not only can we solve this Oscars mystery for you, we can tell you more about the person who had folks watching all atwitter.

Ryusuke Hamaguchi's interpreter garnered major Oscar buzz

"Why is she taking notes on stage? Is that his assistant?" asked @ellewilliams101 about the woman who accompanied Ryusuke Hamaguchi, who won the Oscar for Best International Feature Film for his picture "Drive My Car," to the stage. She stood close to him and scribbled down notes as he spoke to the audience, smiling as he delivered his acceptance speech.

Fans were confused, but happy, about the woman's appearance. "Please tell me the woman taking notes during the 'Drive My Car' acceptance speech is now a meme," said @KirstenLHancock


"Woman taking notes on the #oscars stage, I get you," tweeted @NoTheOtherLeft

@elephantactics, meanwhile, wrote that the moment "match[ed] the chaotic energy of the whole ceremony." They wondered, "why is that woman taking notes?! cutting off the play off music??" In the end, they concluded Hamaguchi's acceptance speech is "the type of speech we deserve this year."

It turns out that the woman who accompanied Hamaguchi wasn't simply taking notes about his speech, but was there in a professional capacity. Per a Tweet from reporter Ed Greenberger, the woman accompanying the director was a translator who "was there in case she was needed."