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Oliver Stone's joke backfires

india Updated: Dec 19, 2006 14:23 IST
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Acclaimed director Oliver Stone, who won Oscars for "Platoon" and "Born on the Fourth of July", shocked an audience when he made a joke about the recent murders of five sex workers in England at an award ceremony.

The murders remain unsolved and the audience, which comprised celebrities like comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and singer Charlotte Church, were mortified by the joke, reports imdb.com.

Stone was presenting the award for best comedy film to director Nick Park for "Wallace and Gromit" and went on to joke: "It's great to be back in England. I feel, Jack The Ripper (prolific 19th century serial killer) days are back. Nothing ever changes here."

When stone caught on that the joke had backfired, he quipped: "You're a lovely crowd."