‘Hidden Fences’? Michael Keaton, Jenna Bush Make ‘Hidden Figures’ Flub

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UPDATED: Teleprompter issues added further confusion to an already-chaotic Golden Globes ceremony, and while host Jimmy Fallon was able to brush off his technical difficulty at the beginning of his opening monologue with an improvised Mariah Carey gag, others like Michael Keaton didn’t have a chance to make amends.

“The Founder” actor, who was on stage to present the award for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture, declared that Octavia Spencer was nominated for “Hidden Fences,” rather than “Hidden Figures.” #HiddenFences quickly became a trending topic on Twitter.

Keaton wasn’t the first to make the error, however. NBC News correspondent Jenna Bush Hager made the same mistake earlier in the night when interviewing Pharrell Williams on the red carpet.

“You’re nominated for ‘Hidden Fences,’ how cool is it?” she asked Williams, who produced “Hidden Figures,” a movie about three African American mathematicians who helped NASA during the space race. “You said that this party is known for a little drinking, are you thinking you’re going to partake?”


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Williams’ response required no words, only a blank, frustrated stare into the distance. Doubtless the question partly inspired his pained look.

Bush Hager apologized for the flub Monday morning on “Today.” “If I offended people I am deeply sorry,” she said.

“It was a mistake, because ya’ll know I’m not perfect,” Bush Hager said, choking up. “I am authentic, but a human. And what I didn’t want to do is make anyone lesser than who they are. I apologize to both the cast, to Pharrell, but it was a mistake and I hope we can move on.”

“Today” anchors Al Roker and Natalie Morales both defended Bush Hager, who had been covering her very first red carpet.

“Honest mistakes happen in live television and this culture of Twitter and waiting to pounce and get on people, it’s got to stop,” Roker said.

Luckily for Bush Hager, though, Spencer was understanding. She tweeted Monday morning, “We all make mistakes, hon! Thanks for your apology!”

Actress Gabrielle Union, who was tuning in to the ceremony, noticed the repeated mistake and took to Twitter to express her disappointment on Sunday night.

“Wait…#Hidden Fences…again?”

“You know who stars in #Hidden Fences…Garcelle Ashanti Brandy Sanaa Bring It On Union”

“‘Hidden Figures’ doesn’t sound anything like ‘Fences.’ ALL MOVIES WITH BLACK PEOPLE DON’T SOUND ALIKE. #hiddenfences #twice,” comedian/actress Robin Thede wrote.

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  1. Getoverit People says:

    WOW..Really Robin?? People have been confusing Star Wars and Star Trek for 40+ years.. and nobody has turned that into a race thing… Just sayin…

  2. Dee says:

    Keaton’s flub could’ve been the simple act of conflation — both films had actress nominations. Or even because of old age (poor eyesight) and/or being truly tipsy after all the drinks served. The asinine over-reactions by Union and Thede are the result of needing to feel they make a difference as regards racial probs in the USA. Unfortunately, they are both too dumb to realize a verbal gaffe — made during a stressful event — being on camera, live –AIN’T the same as being racist.

  3. VJT says:

    In all likelihood, NBC covered Jenna’s mistake by editing Keaton’s teleprompter so that he made the same error. Clever.. Keaton is too polished to make that error by himself.

  4. Tip C. says:

    What a precious mistake. LOL! But seriously, HIDDEN/FENCES- 2 films on my must see list. I also want to see LA LA/SING and SILENCE/ARRIVAL.

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