BatKid Was Bumped From The Oscars And His Family Wants To Know Why
Do you remember the story of Miles Scott, the sick child whose Make-A-Wish dream resulted in the fantastic "Batkid" adventure story in San Francisco?
It was a heartwarming gesture shared via social media that brought light and hope to the Internet for a few days. And his journey was supposed to extend to the Academy Awards on Sunday, but "Batkid" was bumped, and his family doesn’t quite know why.
In an interview with The International Business Times, Miles’ mother, Natalie, reveals that her family traveled from Northern California to Hollywood, where the boy was scheduled to join The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Andrew Garfield in a segment that was dialed in to the evening’s overall theme of Movie Heroes. Miles got a tuxedo. He participated in a rehearsal prior to the ceremony. But during the Oscars, his segment was bumped… and the family is bummed.
Natalie Scott tells the publication:
"I don’t know if they ran out of time, of if there was something about the segment they didn’t like. It got pulled so quickly that we didn’t have a lot of insight into what was going on. … We had gone all the way down there, and he went through the rehearsal and he had a fancy tux and was all ready for it."
Scott added that the trip was short notice, and the family hasn’t heard anything official from the Academy. "We haven’t really heard anything," she said. "We just tried to make the most of the trip."
Live television’s wildly unpredictable. There are an infinite number of reasons why the "Batkid" got bumped from the eventual ceremony. Perhaps Ellen DeGeneres’ pizza bit went too long? Or she chewed up too much show time with the Twitter Selfie seen ‘round the world?
As we’ve already gone on record to say, DeGeneres kept the show moving, and didn’t weigh the evening down with lengthy, bloated bits. The comedy she tried worked pretty well, and for the first time, the Best Original Song performances by U2, Idina Menzel and Karen O were legit showstoppers… not the usual "grind show to a halt" moments.
Would we have traded them all for a "Batkid" moment? Maybe. Hard to say after the fact. Without this story, none of us would have known that Miles even was ready for his Oscar moment. It sounds like it could have been a sweet, endearing moment at the Academy Awards. But we’ll never know for sure, now, will we?
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