Elliot Page returned to the Oscars stage on Sunday night to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his beloved movie Juno – for which he earned a nomination for Best Actress at the 2008 awards ceremony.
The 35-year-old actor was joined on-stage at the 94th Academy Awards by his Juno co-stars Jennifer Garner and JK Simmons, with all three paying tribute to the indie flick, which shot Elliot to global stardom.
Elliot, who came out as transgender in December 2020, was quick to praise the movie’s lasting impact on viewers, recalling his own initial excitement at reading the script, which he said ‘had him hooked from the very first page’ and celebrating the work of screenwriter Diablo Cody.
‘Juno had me hooked from the very first page and was completely infused with Diablo Cody’s distinctive voice. It was unlike anything I’d ever read before,’ he told the star-studded audience.
Elliot Page put on a dapper display at the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday night, sporting a classic black tuxedo for his appearance on the red carpet
The 35-year-old actor happily flashed a wide grin for the cameras as he made his way along the carpet at the award ceremony, which comes 14 years after he was nominated for an Oscar
Elliot shared a touching moment on-stage when he reunited with his Juno co-stars, Jennifer Garner and JK Simmons, with all three paying tribute to the movie’s 15th anniversary
Jennifer, 49, agreed, chiming in: ’15 years ago, we all experienced the exhilarating feeling of reading a wholly original screenplay that felt new and exciting.’
Meanwhile JK, who appeared as Juno’s father in the film, joked about the flick’s witty dialogue, noting: ‘There were definitely a couple sentences in there I’d never read before, like, “Your Eggo is preggo” and “pork swords” come to mind.’
The actor shot to fame while starring in the title role of Juno MacGuff, a pregnant teen who wants to give her baby up for adoption to Jennifer’s character, Vanessa Loring
The touching reunion comes almost 15 years after Juno premiered; the movie, which was released in December 2007, catapulted Elliot to global stardom.
In the movie, the actor played the part of Juno MacGuff, a pregnant teenager who offers to give her baby up for adoption to a local couple, Mark and Vanessa Loring – played by Jason Bateman and Jennifer.
JK played the part of Juno’s father, Mac, while the her stepmother, Bren, was portrayed by Allison Janney.
The role landed Elliot an Oscar nomination for Best Actress and saw him hailed as one of the brightest young stars in Hollywood. Major movie roles in X-Men: Days of Future Past and Inception — in which he starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio — followed.
However, after coming out as a transgender man in December 2020, Elliot opened up about the private struggles that he was facing throughout his ascent to Hollywood stardom, telling Oprah in a May 2021 interview that puberty was ‘total hell’ for him, while giving a variety of dresses for red carpet events after the release of Juno left him in ‘pain’.
Elliot, Jennifer, and JK recalled their reactions at reading the script for Juno the first time, describing it as ‘wholly original, new’ and ‘exciting’
Juno, which was released in December 2007, shot Elliot (seen in the movie with Jennifer and Jason Bateman) to global fame and even earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actress
Elliot’s appearance at the ceremony earned a slew of praise online, with several Twitter users remarking how ‘happy’ he looked
In a May 2021 interview with Oprah, Elliot admitted that he couldn’t even look at images of himself at the 2008 Oscars (seen), explaining that he was left in ‘pain’ after being forced to wear dresses during his promotion of the movie Juno
In fact, he ‘couldn’t express just the degree of pain that I was in’ while promoting Juno and can’t even look at photos of himself in the vintage Jean-Louis Scherrer dress he wore to the Oscars red carpet the following year , when he was nominated for Best Actress.
Since transitioning and coming out as transgender, the Juno star said that, for the first time in his life, he has been able to feel happy in his own body.
Before stepping out onto the red carpet, Elliot shared a behind-the-scenes snap of his preparation process for the glittering event, re-posting a snap of himself and his long-time hairstylist, John D.
He also snapped a quick selfie once inside the Dolby Theatre, which appears to have been taken backstage before he joined his former Juno co-stars in presenting an award.
The touching reunion received a slew of praise online, where several viewers celebrated how ‘happy’ Elliot looked at the ceremony.
‘Nothing but love for Elliot Page,’ one person wrote, adding: ‘It’s nice seeing him happy.’
‘Elliot Page living in truth and happiness,’ another person wrote.
‘This is such a gorgeous moment,’ one tweet read. ‘Jennifer Garner and JK Simmons flanking Elliot Page living their authentic truth. Beautiful.’
Before heading out on-stage, Elliot snapped a quick selfie backstage, which he posted on his Instagram Stories
He also re-shared a selfie posted by his long-time hairstylist John D
Before arriving at the Oscars, Elliot took a moment to advocate for transgender rights on his Instagram account, sharing a series of posts about the Trans Week of Visibility + Action, a digital campaign to fight anti-trans legislation across the US
In the two and a half years since he himself came out as trans, Elliot has become an outspoken advocate for transgender rights, using his own experiences to highlight the importance of support for trans youngsters the world over.
During his interview with Oprah last year, he opening up about his ‘life-changing’ top surgery, explaining that the result of the procedure – which is typically performed on transgender men who have started undergoing hormone therapy – ‘completely transformed his life’.
‘Getting out of the shower and the towel’s around your waist and you’re looking at yourself in the mirror and you’re just like, “There I am,”‘ he said, getting choked up. ‘And I’m not having the moment when I’m panicked. I’m not having all these little moments that used to be — just being in a T-shirt. It’s being able to touch my chest.’
He also stressed the need to demonstrate to others just how important this surgery can be — particularly ‘because there is such an attack on trans health care right now, when already there is such a lack of access or trans people who don’t even want to go to the doctor.’