Here’s why Tom Cruise skipped the Oscars 2023

Everyone has been wondering “Why did Tom Cruise not attend the Oscars 2023?” since the 95th Academy Awards ceremony on March 13. David Letterman is the latest celeb to raise the question.

The former late-night host inquired about the real reason why Cruise wasn’t among the many celebrities present at the Academy Awards while speaking with Jimmy Kimmel on his show, according to Variety.

Despite ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ earning six Academy Award nominations and Cruise being a nominee for best picture as one of the film’s producers, the A-list star skipped the 2023 ceremony.

“We don’t know where Tom Cruise was,” Kimmel answered Letterman. “We heard production issues.” “What does that mean?” Letterman asked. “That’s nonsense.” “Exactly. It’s very non-specific,” Kimmel said. “But we have no idea what happened.”

Letterman proceeded to say that Cruise “should’ve been” at the Oscars “celebrating his big jet pack Maverick show,” to which Kimmel responded, “Yeah. It seems like he should’ve been there, but he was not there. Maybe he feels like he wasn’t going to win so he didn’t want to come.”

Kimmel and his writing staff decided to incorporate a subtle joke about Scientology into his Oscars presentation because Cruise skipped the ceremony. The host made light of the situation by saying, “In the beach football scene, did Tom Cruise have his shirt off? You get what I mean, L. Ron Hubba Hubba?”

Cruise was not the only big name to skip the Oscars. “Avatar: The Way of Water” director James Cameron also did not attend the award ceremony.

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