A British couple who accidentally gatecrashed the Oscars after ending up on a fake sightseeing bus that was part of TV prank have shared the star-studded selfies they took while at the glitzy event.
Pete Hobden, 55, and Shelly Wozencroft, 50, rubbed shoulders with A-listers including Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston and Ryan Gosling at the February ceremony.
The unsuspecting pair, who were on a dream holiday in the United States, booked a ticket for a sightseeing tour and boarded a bus alongside eight other tourists.
But after zigzagging around the city sights, their coach drove down Hollywood Boulevard and pulled up outside the 89th Academy Awards.
Pete Hobden, 55, and Shelly Wozencroft, 50, were two of eight tourists who up on a fake sightseeing bus that led the group to the Oscars last month
While at the 89th Academy Awards, they took selfies with several celebrities, including Jennifer Anston (pictured above)
Hobden and Wozencroft were on a dream holiday to the United States when they were asked to join the tour
The pair (pictured above with another woman) and eight others were then surprised at the end of the tour with a trip to the Oscars
Carpenter Hobden, of Southville, Bristol, said: ‘They lifted up the fence and ushered us inside, past two big security guards and through a metal detector.
‘They told us, “This is a special tourT, and said we would be going to an exhibition to see all the gowns, and we might get to touch an Oscar. We had no clue what we were in for whatsoever.’
It was only when the doors opened to what they thought was the exhibition and they were dazzled by hundreds of camera flashes that they realised they’d been set up.
The ‘tour’ was part of a stunt organised by host Jimmy Kimmel – who broadcast the entire thing live on his YouTube channel.
But Hobden and Wozencroft – who had no idea about that at the time – made sure they documented it all for themselves just in case their pals at home didn’t believe them.
Armed with phones they were gifted by Samsung, the dazed duo managed to snap selfies with an array of celebs – who had all been in on the prank too.
The pair booked tickets for a sightseeing tour and boarded a bus alongside eight other tourists with no knowledge that they were going to the Oscars
While inside the ceremony, Hobden and Wozencroft snapped photos of dozens of stars, including Halle Berry and Meryl Streep
Ryan Gosling and his sister, as well as Jennifer Aniston and her husband, Justin Theroux, laughed as the ten tourists entered the ceremony
After zigzagging around the city sights, the group’s tour coach drove down Hollywood Boulevard and pulled up outside the 89th Academy Awards
The group went through security and were given phones to take photos while inside the ceremony
Hobden said: ‘When the doors opened it was a surreal moment where all these people were clapping us. I just thought, “Oh Jesus, we’re at the Oscars”.
‘I was just babbling, I couldn’t speak properly. Shelly was shaking. We were in total shock. It was unbelievable. We were just awestruck.’
The couple took photos with Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston and Ryan Gosling, and they spotted other celebs like Halle Berry and Meryl Streep.
Actors Casey Affleck, Matt Damon and Samuel L Jackson were among the others they rubbed shoulders during the seven minutes they were given to mingle.
Hobden added: ‘At one point, I turned round and was thinking, “I recognise that guy”.
‘He said, “Hi, how you doing Pete?” I said, “How do you know my name?” and he said, “Because you’ve got a name badge on”.
The ‘tour’ was part of a stunt organised by host Jimmy Kimmel – who broadcast the entire thing live on his YouTube channel. Pictured above, Hobden’s snap of Ryan Gosling and his sister
Hobden and Wozencroft – who had no idea about that at the time – made sure they documented it all for themselves just in case their pals at home didn’t believe them. Above, an amused Nicole Kidman speaks to the tourists as her husband Keith Urban and Octavia Spencer look on
Hobden says that Denzel Washington (pictured) called him by his name after noticing a nametag on his shirt
‘I said, “I don’t know your name because you haven’t got a name badge”. Then he left and I walked past him and realised it was Denzel Washington.
‘We were just awestruck. All our friends and family are so jealous. It was an amazing experience. We never thought we would go to the Oscars.’
Office manager Wozencroft added: ‘It was so surreal. Absolutely surreal. It is something I will never ever forget – we were treated like celebs in Hollywood.
‘It was just incredible. It was the best experience of my life.’
Prior to the surprise tour bus ride, Oscars organizers and the bus operators Starline told the party that their free ride was being sponsored by Samsung and they were being given the company’s cellphones to video for promotional use.
After the tour bus party were ushered out, they were interviewed for Kimmel’s show and asked to sign agreements which forbade them from speaking to other media until after the following night’s Kimmel show had aired on ABC.
Office manager Wozencroft and carpenter Hobden said they were awstruck as they walked through the aisles of the theatre. Pictured above, Andrew Garfield and Jennifer Aniston watch tourists snap photos at the Oscars
Prior to the surprise tour bus ride, Oscars organizers and the bus operators Starline told the party that their free ride was being sponsored by Samsung and they were being given the company’s cellphones. Hobden used his to snap photos of dozens of stars, including the above of Samuel L Jackson
Wozencroft said she and the other tourists were ‘treated like celebs in Hollywood’ as they walked through the ceremony. Pictured above, Janelle Monet (left) and other stars watch the tourists walk through the event