Kim Novak caused a firestorm on Twitter Sunday night when the 81-year-old actress appeared at the Oscars to present the award to Best Animated Feature with Matthew McConaughey.

Kim Novak's Face Draws Nasty Tweets

Novak, best known for her iconic role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958), walked onstage and viewers immediately took to Twitter to comment on Novak’s appearance. With bright, tight, round cheeks and a tight jaw, it can be assumed that she has had some plastic surgery as she has gotten older. Her stunned appearance and raspy voice were all a bit confusing. In addition, it didn’t seem like she was reading off the teleprompter – one moment she made a reference to McConaughey’s role in Magic Mike.

Viewers jumped on Novak, commenting on everything from her voice to her supposed plastic surgery. Comedians jumped on the bandwagon as well, though most were slightly less cruel. Retta, star of Parks and Recreation, tweeted about Novak, likening her strange performance to Jacqueline Bisset’s equally strange speech at the Golden Globes.

Kim Novak Did Not Receive A Standing Ovation

However, it wasn’t just Novak’s appearance and behavior that caused waves on Twitter. Many viewers were bothered by the fact that Novak, a true Hollywood legend, did not receive a standing ovation when she walked onto the stage. Actress Rose McGowan was particularly vocal about her outrage, writing, “Kim Novak! No standing ovation?! Self-obsessed and disrespectful, that sums up the Oscar audience.”

McGowan went on to call the audience “uneducated” for not giving Novak the respect she deserves.

Novak retired from Hollywood life in the 70s, though she never stopped working. She moved to Oregon with her husband Robert Malloy, a veterinarian, and spends her time riding horses and painting.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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