Oscars: Surprise Batkid Appearance Was Pulled From Ceremony

Aaron Couch
March 5, 2014

The Academy Awards celebrated movie heroes during Sundays Oscars, but one real-life hero was missing: Batkid.

Batkid, the alter ego of five-year-old Miles Scott, was invited by the Academy to participate in a segment during the telecast, a source confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.  Miles and his family traveled to Los Angeles, but the segment was canceled the day of the ceremony.

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" I don’t know if they ran out of time, of if there was something about the segment they didn’t like,” Natalie Scott, Miles' mother, told the International Business Times. “It got pulled so quickly that we didn’t have a lot of insight into what was going on.”

The Oscars ceremony included montages of movie heroes from animated, documentary, and feature films. Chris Evans, Jim Carrey and Sally Field introduced the segments. A planned appearance from The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield didn't materialize.

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The Academy did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Miles, who completed cancer treatments last summer, set the Internet ablaze in November, when he road around San Francisco fighting crime dressed as the caped crusader. The outing, which was thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, earned Miles a shoutout from President Barack Obama and an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America.

Borys Kit contirbuted to this story.

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