“Hidden Fences” debuted at the Golden Globes earlier this year when both Jenna Bush Hager and Michael Keaton mixed up two of the year’s biggest films, “Hidden Figures” and “Fences,” and, unfortunately, combined them into one. On Sunday, “Hidden Fences” returned at the Oscars.
This time, it was People’s editorial director, Jess Cagle, who made the unfortunate flub. Cagle corrected himself right away, but folks on Twitter didn’t let him get off too easy.
Comedian Travon Free called him out:
As did “Bad Feminist” author, Roxane Gay:
And a few other folks:
As Huffington Post’s own Lilly Workneh wrote, it should not be that difficult to remember the names of these Oscar-nominated films. Aside from that, there’s most likely a teleprompter nearby for the specific purpose of preventing these mishaps.
Ted Melfi, director of “Hidden Figures,” weighed in on the “Hidden Fences” mix-up when it first happened, telling HuffPost, “You laugh about it. You say, ‘Oh that’s funny.’ And then... it’s not that funny.”
“You start to analyze it. Is it misspelled on the teleprompter? You think, well if that’s the case, it’s even worse,” Melfi added, before noting that eventually “you just chalk it up to the fact that people make mistakes. You just move on.”
Let’s just hope it doesn’t happen again.