(LOS ANGELES) — America’s favorite five-year-old superhero was snubbed by the Oscars.
Miles Scott, the leukemia survivor who spent a day as “Batkid” last November in San Francisco thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, was scheduled to appear on the Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, but was dropped on the day of the show.
Speaking with the International Business Times, Miles’ mother, Natalie Scott, says the family traveled from Northern California to Los Angeles for the Oscars, and that Miles attended a rehearsal for the ceremony on Saturday. However, they learned on Sunday morning, hours before the show, that Miles’ segment was cut.
Scott says, “I don’t know if they ran out of time, or if there was something about the segment they didn’t like.” She says the Academy hasn’t informed the family why the decision was made.
Scott says that while the cancellation was “kind of a disappointment,” Miles took the news well.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the segment — which was supposed to be part of the show’s “movie heroes” theme — would have featured Miles with The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield.
This was the official reason for the decision, given by an Academy spokesperson to The Hollywood Reporter: “Basically, because of the fluid nature of live TV production, ultimately the segment didn’t work.”
The Make-a-Wish Foundation tells the International Business Times it had little involvement in Miles’ Oscars segment.
Miles captured the hearts of Americans across the country in November, when he fought “crime” as “Batkid” in San Francisco. He completed his treatment last summer and is said to be doing well.
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