After Eminem’s surprise performance at the 2020 Oscars, fans started to question why he did not attend the 2003 Oscars, where he had a nomination. His hit song, “Lose Yourself” was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song. The rapper finally opened up on why he did not attend the awards, 17 years ago.
Eminem says that he didn’t think the movie, 8 Mile, was going to win an Oscar. He said, “Back then, I never even thought that I had a chance to win, and we had just performed ‘Lose Yourself’ on the Grammys with the Roots a couple of weeks before the Oscars, so we didn’t think it was a good idea. And also, back at that time, the younger me didn’t really feel like a show like that would understand me.”
He goes on to say that he truly didn’t understand how a song could be nominated for an Oscar. “I don’t even think I understood back then that you could get an Oscar for a song, and I remember being kinda confused about why I was even up for one, because as a kid with the Oscars, it was like a vacuum.”
The rapper continues by saying that he could act in another movie, if the right script came along. Eminem’s newest album, Music to be Murdered By, was released this year.