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When the Academy Awards toasted heroes on Sunday night, there was one thing curiously missing - any mention of real heroes. According to reports, the Academy did plan on having Miles Scott, the California child who won the Internet’s heart as “Batkid,” but the segment was cancelled at the last minute. Miles’ parents say they still have no idea what happened.
Miles, or “Batkid” as everyone knows him, is a five-year-old leukemia patient who wished to be Batman for a day. The Make-A-Wish Foundation and the city of San Francisco made his dream come true in November by turning the entire city into Gotham and had a whole day of Batman-themed adventures ready for him. Even actors who had played Batman voiced their support.
It would have been a cute segment during the Oscars, but it didn’t happen. Natalie Scott, Miles’ mother, told The International Business Times that Miles even wore a tuxedo to an Oscars rehearsal on Saturday. However, on Sunday - the day of the awards - they were told the segment was axed.
“I don’t know if they ran out of time, of if there was something about the segment they didn’t like,” Scott told the site. “It got pulled so quickly that we didn’t have a lot of insight into what was going on.”
Sources for The Hollywood Reporter said that Miles practiced a bit with The Amazing Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield. There was also another musical performance that was cut as well.
"Basically, because of the fluid nature of live TV production, ultimately the segment didn't work,” a spokesman for the Academy told THR.
The broadcast honored film heroes with three montages and the ceremony ended minutes before midnight, so it was already too long.
image courtesy of ABC