Tom Cruise reportedly skipped the Oscars this year to spend the evening in an igloo.
The Hollywood icon, 60, was noticeably missing from the star roster of the ’95sth Oscars on Sunday when his film Top Gun: Maverick received six nominations and won an award for Best Sound.
Cruise is said to have snubbed the Oscars after learning the film would not win Best Picture and instead traveled 500 miles south of the North Pole to Spitsbergen to film scenes for Mission Impossible Part 8.
According to an insider, Cruise turned down a private jet offered to take him to the Oscars while visiting Svalbard with director Chris McQuarrie to “do what he does best” on camera.
“Tom just knows how these things are going – he’d rather be doing what he does best and making great films that millions want to see than sitting in an audience and clapping for the cameras and smiling.” a source told The Sonne.
They added: “He’s seen it all before.”
Top Gun: Maverick beat the films All Quiet on the Western Front, Elvis, Avatar: The Way of Water and The Batman to take home the Oscar for Best Sound on Sunday.
The Top Gun sequel, released 36 years after the original, has been dubbed the film that “saved cinema” after raking in nearly $1.5 billion at the box office last year.
Among the film’s Oscars attendees were co-stars Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Miles Teller and Greg Tarzan Davis.
It was also reported that Cruise skipped the ceremony to avoid an awkward encounter with ex-wife Nicole Kidman, who was seen at the awards ceremony with husband Keith Urban.
A source told Mail Online: “Tom wasn’t there because she was there and he didn’t want a clash.”
Cruise and Kidman, 55, divorced in 2001 after marrying in 1990. The two share son Connor, 28, and daughter Isabella, 30, both of whom they adopted during their relationship.
Last month, Cruise attended the 2023 Oscars luncheon, where he spoke with Steven Spielberg.
The Fabelmans’ director praised the star at the event, telling him he had “saved Hollywood’s ass” by bringing audiences back to the theatre.