13 times celebrities brought food to award shows

APBrad Pitt eating a slice of pizza he got from Ellen DeGeneres at the 2014 Oscars.
  • Award shows are long and don’t always have food, so many stars like to sneak in protein bars or snacks.
  • After Ellen DeGeneres’ pizza-delivery stunt in 2014, many award-show hosts have realised they get great reactions by helping celebrities chow down.
  • Some stars like Melissa McCarthy will bring in food for themselves and other celebrities to snack on.
  • Actress Julia Butters attended the 2020 Oscars with a turkey sandwich hidden in her purse.
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Although sometimes they’re given free food during the ceremony, plenty of celebrities will also bring in their own snacks to award shows to help tide them over until the after party or when they can head back home.

Here are some delightful times famous people brought food to some of the most sought-after award shows in the world.


Actress Julia Butters attended the 2020 Oscars with a turkey sandwich in her purse.

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicJulia Butters at the 2020 Oscars.

Julia Butters, the 10-year-old actress who appeared in the Oscar-nominated film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” walked the red carpet with a turkey sandwich in her purse.

“I don’t like some of the food here,” Butters told Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman.

“There is a sandwich in my purse because I was smart this time,” she later explained to Entertainment Tonight. “The other awards I was hungry, I was starving, and sometimes, either, they don’t have food or I don’t care for the food.”


Lilly Singh used Skittles as a snack and accessory during the 2020 Grammys.

Amy Sussman/Getty ImagesShe shared the candies, too.

YouTuber and comedian Lilly Singh wasn’t subtle about bringing candy to the 2020 Grammys.

She filled a clear clutch with Skittles and even posted on Instagram that “sharing is caring.”

The late-night host was also photographed sharing candies straight from her bag, giving them to photographers and reporters who were along the red carpet.


“This Is Us” star Mackenzie Hancsicsak sold Girl Scout cookies at the 2019 SAG Awards.

Steve Granitz / ContributorMackenzie Hancsicsak attended the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium.

At the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards, “This Is Us” actress Mackenzie Hancsicsak seized the opportunity to sell Girl Scout cookies.

The budding entrepreneur tweeted a photo before the show with the caption, “If anyone at @SAGawards wants some @girlscouts cookies, I’m at table 34!”

The Girl Scouts organisation even Instagrammed the actress’s photo congratulating her on becoming a SAG Award winner.


Melissa McCarthy snuck in 40 ham and cheese sandwiches to the 2019 Golden Globes.

GettyMelissa McCarthy at the 2019 Golden Globes

Melissa McCarthy told Variety that she and her husband ended the night with only two sandwiches left. She also said next year she’d bring hot dogs.

“How did she get them in here?” actress Jessica Chastain asked, per Variety. “But it’s a good idea because by the time you get into the ballroom dinner has already been served, and you’re always so hungry.”


Padma Lakshmi has had her date sneak energy bars into the Emmy’s.

Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesShe also said ‘there is no food’ at the Emmys.

Host of “Top Chef” and ultimate foodie Padma Lakshmi admitted on the 2016 Emmy Awards red carpet that her date was packing energy bars, cashews, and almonds to split with her during the ceremony.


Jimmy Kimmel provided a box of snacks to every Oscar seat in 2018.

Emma McIntyre/Getty ImagesThe lunchboxes included a note from Jimmy Kimmel.

Each box of chips, granola bars, and other goodies came in a lunchbox with a 2018 best picture nominee on it. Donations were also made to the Los Angeles Food Bank.


In 2017, Jimmy Kimmel had candy rain down on the Oscars audience.

Getty ImagesKimmel was the host of the Oscars that year.

Kimmel sent down 100s of little parachutes of classic movie candies like Red Vines and Junior Mints into the 2017 Oscars audience.

Stars like Taraji P. Henson, Pharrell, Michelle Williams, Busy Phillips, Andrew Garfield, and Ruth Negga were filmed grabbing for candies.


The “Stranger Things” cast gave out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at the 2016 Emmys.

ABCA whole team was there to hand out sandwiches.

In full costume, the actors behind Eleven, Dustin, and the “Stranger Things” gang, gave out brown paper-bagged peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the audience of the 2016 Emmys.

With the help of a team and Joan Kimmel, mum of host Jimmy Kimmel, the group put together the 7,000 sandwiches for the crowd.


Kiernan Shipka is no stranger to smuggling in snacks.

Rich Fury/Getty ImagesShe said it’s best to bring a snack that won’t get stuck in your teeth.

“Mad Men” and “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” actress Kiernan Shipka told InStyle that she’s not above sneaking in snacks to the Emmys.

When asked about her dream snacks to bring in, she said “I feel like you want something that’s not going to get in your teeth, so you can’t do seaweed or anything that gets on your hands… Honestly, I feel like a good beverage to power me through would be great … juice or an almond milk concoction … and a good protein bar that’s like satisfying and will hold you over.”


Taraji P. Henson celebrated her Golden Globe Award for her role as Cookie Lyons by giving out cookies.

Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesTaraji P. Henson passed cookies to people that were on her way to the stage.

In 2016, the star of “Empire,” Henson shouted out “Cookies for everyone tonight. My treat!” as she accepted her Golden Globe for best actress in a drama series.

When she heard her name, she grabbed the cookies she’d brought and started handing them out to everyone around her.


Chris Rock sold Girl Scout Cookies for his daughter at the 2016 Oscars.

GettyChris Rock had his daughter and her Girl Scout troop sell cookies to the audience.

Chris Rock brought in his daughter’s Girl Scout Troop to sell the famous Girl Scout Cookies when he hosted the 2016 Oscars.

He reportedly raised $US65,243 for the girls’ leadership group.

Thin Mints were a big hit, especially with Michael Keaton, Morgan Freeman, and Christian Bale, but Kate Winslet was seen with Tagalongs, and Mindy Kaling with Samoas.


Ellen DeGeneres fed pizza to Hollywood’s elite at the 2014 Oscars.

Kevin Winter / Getty ImagesMeryl Streep grabbed a slice.

Host Ellen DeGeneres provided 2014 Oscar nominees with Big Mama’s & Papa’s pizza live during the ceremony.

The pizza delivery boy and co-owner of the pizzeria, Edgar,revealed on “The Ellen Show” that he thought the pizza was for the writers and had no idea he would be on camera, aiding DeGeneres in handing out slices to Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Kerry Washington, Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, and more.


Jared Leto said he brings snacks and shares them.

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesHe said award shows can last for hours.

Jared Leto told Associated Press that award shows can last for hours and he likes to eat healthily, so he often brings little snacks with him.

He said, in the past, he was teased for bringing snacks to the Golden Globes but by the end of the night, “Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Matthew [McConaughey], everyone is reaching into my [snack] bag!”

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