It turns out one of 2013's most heartwarming heroes was almost part of last weekend's Oscars broadcast.
You all remember Batkid (aka Miles Scott), right? He's the 5-year-old cancer patient who got to spend a whole day roaming the streets of San Francisco, defeating supervillains as Batman, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Miles' crimefighting adventure last fall earned him legions of fans and gave us plenty of truly inspiring images.
Miles became a nationwide celebrity after his adventures in San Francisco. The president of the United States sent him a message of support, he was on Good Morning America, and he even made it into Google's year-end commercial celebrating 2013's biggest searches.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Miles finished his cancer treatments last year, but his celebrity lives on, so much so that he was invited to participate in a segment of the Oscars broadcast last Sunday. So why didn't we see him on Hollywood's biggest night?
Miles was reportedly slated to be on the show as late as Saturday, when he went through rehearsals of a segment that also included Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield. The eventual final broadcast of the show included three segments that celebrated various kinds of movie heroes, and apparently Miles was originally going to be a part of that in some way. Unfortunately, his parents were told on Sunday that his segment would have to be cut.
"I don’t know if they ran out of time, or if there was something about the segment they didn’t like,” Miles' mother Natalie Scott said. “It got pulled so quickly that we didn’t have a lot of insight into what was going on.”
Sources told THR that Miles' segment in the show "wasn't coming together," so it was cut along with an additional musical number. A spokesperon for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences blamed the cut on the simple nature of trying to pull a live broadcast together.
"Basically, because of the fluid nature of live TV production, ultimately the segment didn't work," the spokesperson said.
We certainly understand that live TV is tricky business, and the Oscars broadcast as it eventually aired ended up running very long even without the cut segments, but it's still a shame that Miles didn't get to participate. I for one would've happily given up at least one of those heroes montages (because, let's face it, we've already seen most of those movies) for a chance to let Miles be cheered on one more time by the Hollywood elite, including Batman himself, Christian Bale, who was in the audience. Sadly, it just didn't come together.