It was the 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards this Sunday. And at the event, Jason Bateman bagged the award of best director for Ozark. Bateman became an internet sensation and an ideal meme material for Twitteratis with his expression when his name got announced at the event.
Bateman appeared floored for a few moments when his name was announced. He gave a look of complete astonishment, probably because this was his first win as a director. This expression of astonishment and surprise made Bateman a sensation among the netizens.
Jason Bateman was up against directors for the standout episodes of Killing Eve, Succession, The Handmaid’s Tale and Game of Thrones. Later, on the stage, 50 years old Bateman said, “Wow, That is something.”
Bateman gave a brief thank you speech. Up on the stage, Bateman expressed how lucky he was to work on Ozark. He went on to thank his entire cast and crew. And the director also thanked his beloved family back at home.
As Bateman’s expression had already become a sensation, social media users took to Twitter to discuss Bateman’s reaction to hearing his name for the award. Social media users drew parallels with Bateman’s character on the show Arrested Development. They described his expression of amusement as ‘perfect’.
Later that same evening, Bateman gave the viewers another noteworthy moment when he was being roasted by the talk show hosts Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel.
“Who would sit behind a desk and pretend to be interested in Jason Bateman’s vacation stories,” said Jimmy Kimmel poking fun at Bateman. The spectators immediately burst into laughter. Bateman also smiled. Then he looked at his wife for support, seeing her laugh too, the smile disappeared from his face.