While announcing the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards on Jan. 15, Academy President Cheryl Boone had a little bit of trouble with one particular name. Talk about a major palm to face moment!
What is it about the Oscars and people mispronouncing names? During the live broadcast of nomination announcements, Cheryl Boone— who is the Academy president, we might add– couldn’t quite pronounce a certain nominee’s name. Remember when John Travolta called Tony winning Frozen songstress Idina Menzel by the name Adele Dazeem? Well, this incident kind of reminded us of that and, we won’t lie, it’s hilarious. Watch it now!
Oscar Nominations Flub: Dick Poop Gets A Nod
Richard ‘Dick’ Pope, who is a renowned cinematographer, received a nomination for his work on the film Mr. Turner this year. No one would have guessed that a two-word name– each one syllable– would prove to be such a challenge for someone whose livelihood is film and those who make them, but oh what a challenge it was. Alongside Chris Pine, Academy President Cheryl Boone had been recruited to present some of the year’s nominees.
Maybe Cheryl got flustered because she was standing next to gorgeous Chris? We can definitely sympathize with that, but even so, a little rehearsal might have done her some good.
“Dick Poop” is how the name was ultimately pronounced.
In the end, Dick was a good sport about the little mishap, telling USA Today, “I have been called a lot worse in my lifetime.” Glad he can have a sense of humor about it!
Fans React To ‘Dick Poop’
While this is certainly a tad embarrassing for Cheryl, we’re sure John Travolta is happy that this may finally detract some of the attention from his infamous flub (spoiler: it won’t).
What did you guys think of Dick Poop? Better or worse than Adele Dazeem?
— Casey Mink