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Dick Pope at the Academy Awards

When the time came to announce the Oscar nominations yesterday, apparently not everyone at the Academy was quite all there:

 So the odd slip-up was to be expected; but what we got, at the expense of British cinematographer Dick Pope, was pure gold.

Dick Pope at the Academy Awards

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, when announcing Pope as a nominee for his cinematography on Mr. Turner, had the most unfortunate 5:30am-induced slip that spelled bad news for everyone involved - except the entire internet.

 Here's a clip of the unfortunate moment. we're preeeetty sure we can hear someone losing it in the background:

Yep. Dick Poop. Congrats on your nomination.

Naturally, the Twittersphere had a complete field day, and "Dick Poop" trended for hours after the announcements were over, practically overshadowing the Oscar noms themselves.

 After being inundated with messages from friends while on a private tour at London's Tate Museum, Pope spoke out about the nomination and the gaffe, admitting he has no idea what "trending" means. But he took the actual mistake pretty lightly:

"Well, I'm going to change my name to Dick Poop. I'm going to change my name to it and I think they'll be so embarrassed at the Academy, they'll give me the Oscar anyway. That would be great."

Dick Poop Pope, Newsbeat 

Pope will be attending the ceremony on February 22nd, with hopes of his work on Mr. Turner being recognised. But it doesn't look like he'll be signing up for a Twitter account to join in the fun anytime soon.

"If that's what people talk to each other about on it, I would never be on it," he said. "Not if that's the level of intelligent conversation."

lol, Dick Poop.



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