It had to happen again, right? (No, not really, not at all.) But it did.
As the Oscar nominations rolled out early Tuesday morning, the Buzzfeed Entertainment Twitter account was live-tweeting the nominees. At 7:36 a.m., it tweeted: “Best Picture: Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Fences, La La Land, Lion, Manchester, Moonlight.”
That’s right. The tweet conflated the movies “Fences” and “Hidden Figures” and made a new, non-existent movie title: Hidden Fences.
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Of course, the first time we witnessed this debacle was at the Golden Globes earlier this month, when Jenna Bush Hager — NBC’s “Today” show correspondent who co-hosted the network’s special before ceremony — asked singer Pharrell: “So, you’re nominated for ‘Hidden Fences.’”
Pharrell looked visibly confused because he was nominated for best original score for “Hidden Figures,” a movie about three black women instrumental to NASA’s work in the 1960s. “Fences,” based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning August Wilson play, is about the life of a Pittsburgh sanitation worker. It stars Viola Davis and Denzel Washington, who also directed the movie.
It took about a half hour before Buzzfeed issued an apology, and managed to throw Bush Hager under the bus again.
But many would’ve preferred to see the tweet deleted.