Everyone expected the star to bring his girlfriend, Alexandra Grant, as his date for the Oscars. But he proved why he is everyone's favorite guy when he turned up with his mom.
Keanu Reeves, who is known to be one of the nicest people in Hollywood, won more hearts when he brought his mother to the 92nd Academy Awards. He looked dapper in black and his mother, costume designer Patricia Taylor, carried herself looked fabulous in a chic white pantsuit. While Reeves went on to win more brownie points for this sweet gesture, some people got quite confused about his date to the Oscars 2020.
The 55YO star had walked the blue carpet at the LACMA Art + Film Gala in Los Angeles, California, in November 2019 with his girlfriend, Alexandra Grant. The couple held hands during their appearance and looked happy together. Back then, 47YO Grant, who keeps her hair natural and silver, had been confused as Helen Mirren, the 74-year-old actress, who has been married since 1997. And, during the Oscars, Reeves' 76-year-old silver-haired mom was confused as his 47-year-old girlfriend.
"I saw that," Mirren told Entertainment Tonight about the comparisons between her and Grant. "That was very flattering on me, you know, because she’s obviously lovely," she said about the LA-based artist.
It wasn't just people on social media who made the gaff but also media agencies like Getty Images, according to Glamour. Oscars can be a high-paced event and there is a lot of pressure to publish news and images online as fast as possible, but media organizations need to be more careful.
It was strange that people doubted Ryan Seacrest, who was interviewing the duo walking the red carpet, and assumed he did not know who he was speaking to. He referred to Taylor as Reeve's mom, which was the fact, while viewers assumed that he made a mistake.
Has no one noticed that Ryan Seacrest called Keanu Reeves girlfriend Keano’s mother at least twice during the interview— CAROL O'CONNOR (@coappraiser) February 10, 2020
Taylor and Grant look significantly different and many people chalked the mistake up to subconscious ageism. It may have been expected that Reeves would be accompanied by his new girlfriend to the award event, but he threw off people by bringing his mother as the date. However, not everyone reacted the same way. Some people did recognize Taylor as his mother and acknowledged how sweet it was of the Speed actor decided to do this.
The Toy Story 4 star was called cute for making the Oscars a family affair. The response about what he did was mostly positive, despite the awkwardness around people thinking his mom looked like his girlfriend.
He is so cute with his mom. Still getting over my Keanu crush from Speed. https://t.co/j6Dp9hvocw— Tamara Robbins (@Tamara_Robbins) February 10, 2020
It was recently revealed that Grant and Reeves have been together for several years even though they made their relationship public only in November 2019. "I remember a couple years ago, about a year and a half ago, [Grant] said, 'Keanu Reeves is my boyfriend' and I’m like, 'Wait. What? What? What?'" said Jennifer Tilly, 61, to Pagesix. "She was so cool I thought she was a lesbian," she added.
"It’s really astonishing to me how in the last five months, all of a sudden, she goes to an event with him and everybody goes insane, like, 'It’s his new girlfriend,' because she had gone to a lot of events with him," Tilly said. "It’s just suddenly surfaced that he’s been dating her for several years."
The couple have also collaborated on two books, one of which is named Ode to Happiness. The drawings and paintings were by Grant and Reeves did the text, as per Pagesix.