UPDATE: OSCARS Snubbed BATKID (Miles Scott)
The 86th Academy Awards celebrated movie heroes with a montage that was presented by Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Chris Evans. What you didn't see was a planned appearance by Batkid (Miles Scott). It was nixed at the last minute.
During Sunday night's broadcast of the Academy Awards there was a two-minute "Heroes" montage. It was presented by Chris Evans ("Fantastic Four"). Something seemed a bit off when the actor walked onto the stage with the theme music of The Amazing Spider-Man playing. That's cause Andrew Garfield, Spider-Man himself, was supposed to be presenting the montage but was a last minute scratch and Evans filled in on the fly. Producers of the telecast had hinted to EW that this segment would have an emotional surprise up its sleeve.
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That surprise? San Francisco's own, Batkid, aka Miles Scott was to make an appearance, but his portion of the segment was ditched at the last moment.
As for the Oscars on Sunday, the family didn't know exactly what Miles was going to do, only that he would be with other actors as part of a segment based on heroes.
ABC7 News confirmed Miles did go to rehearsal on Saturday. But sometime between the Saturday rehearsal and the Sunday evening show, the segment was cut.
When the Scott family learned Miles wouldn't be on the show, they went to Disneyland instead. They spent Sunday and Monday at the "happiest place on earth."
Everyone should be quite familiar with the heartwarming tale of Miles Scott, but if by chance you've been living under a rock here is the quick recap. Miles, a young leukemia survivor, expressed to the Make-A-Wish foundation that he would like to become a superhero. And not just any superhero, but his favorite - Batman. With help from the good people of San Francisco, Make-A-Wish was able to make Miles dream come true. Over 7,000 people turned out to watch and celebrate Miles, as he played Batkid for a day.
The safe assumption is that Andrew Garfield's last minute exit from the telecast is probably to blame. Before you go pointing fingers at Garfield there seems to be a very good reason for Andrew's last minute change of plans. According to a source for Radar Online Andrew may have cancelled his Oscars appearance due to personal matters:
Another source told Radar that Stone, 25, had a long standing family commitment in Arizona. The insider said it must have been something important for them to miss a highly publicized appearance. “With Emma, it’s all family first. And Andrew is so devoted to her that he wouldn’t just leave her in New York dealing with some sort of crisis on her own,” the source said.
Update! Andrew Garfield’s representatives have issued a statement:
In full collaboration with the Academy and the show writer, Andrew prepared a segment for the Oscars to honor Miles Scott as the true hero that he is. As some point overnight on Saturday / Sunday morning, it was decided by those running the show that the segment didn't work in the ceremony. They decided to pull it - Andrew and Miles were equally upset. The producers arranged for Miles and his family to visit Disneyland on Monday and Andrew drove down to visit them and to bring Miles a personal gift.
Andrew did the right thing for Batkid and anyone saying otherwise is flat out lying.
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