With a name like Dick Pope, there's a very good chance that the esteemed British cinematographer has experienced a comical alteration or two to his moniker over the years. Still, it seems unlikely that he ever expected to hear such a thing while receiving an oh-so-serious industry honor.
But thanks to one unfortunate slip of the tongue during Thursday's Oscar nominations announcement, that's just what happened.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science President Cheryl Boone Isaacs meant to share the news of Pope's nomination for his work on "Mr. Turner," but for one brief moment, it was "Dick Poop" who got the nod.
(Skip ahead to the 2:35 mark for the magic moment.)
Almost instantly, the flub was trending on Twitter (no doubt to the amusement of middle-schoolers everywhere — heck, even Isaacs could barely stifle a slight giggle when correcting herself).
As for Pope, he didn't mind the attention at all.
“I have been called a lot worse in my time," he told USA Today. "I don’t think twice about anything like that. I am happy to be nominated.”
But if he or Isaacs were secretly hoping that would be the end of it, well, late-night host Conan O'Brien had another idea.
Pope's name will have yet another chance to make headlines when presenters list him and his fellow noms again on Oscar night. The Academy Awards airs Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. ET. on ABC.
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