Have your cake but you can’t eat it too

25 January 2017 | Jess Seal

When you were a child did you ever wish you could have something so badly that every day you would mention it to your parents and every night you would go to sleep dreaming they would give it to you for a Birthday or Christmas present?

Maybe it was something like a dolls house, an electric car or a new bike?

Can you imagine how you would have felt after weeks and months of asking, if you actually got it? Elated, speechless, pretty darn excited?

Well on Tuesday 25th January, this actually happened to well-known actors, Amy Adams and Tom Hanks, as they were announced as Oscar nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Tom was nominated for his role as the leading actor in ‘Sully’, the biographical drama about a plane that emergency landed on the Hudson River and Amy was nominated for her leading role as linguistics professor in sci-fi film ‘Arrival’.

Now, going back to that dolls house, electric car or new bike that you wanted so badly and that feeling when you got it. Well, imagine your parents telling you 10 minutes after receiving it that they got it wrong and they meant to give the gift to someone else!   Really take a minute to imagine this…

It stings doesn’t it? The word heartbroken springs to mind.

Well, again on Tuesday 25th January, this happened to Tom Hanks and Amy Adams as ABC Digital (American Broadcasting Channel) wrongly announced their Oscar nominations.

In a statement ABC said: “This morning, in an attempt to release breaking news as announced, ABC Digital briefly posted inaccurate nomination information on the website,”

“The nominees announced by the Academy on Twitter were accurate. ABC quickly identified and corrected the errors. We apologize to the Academy, press, and fans for any confusion.”

This isn’t the first time that both Tom and Amy have been nominated for an Oscar. Tom already has two Oscars for Forrest Gump and Philadelphia both of which were Best Actor in a Leading Role and has been nominated for this award five times in total. Whilst Amy has had five Oscar nominations, she has never actually won the award and so this nomination (or what she thought was a nomination) must have been extremely important to her.

After the amendments and apologies were made by ABC, fans took to social media and started a campaign called #JusticeForAmyAdams, with one fan exclaiming: ‘Amy Adams deserves an #oscar I mean god!!! #AmyAdams #PrayforAMY #JusticeforAmyAdams’

Whether you’ve had an Oscar before or not, this must have been a heart wrenching morning for both Tom Hanks and Amy Adams.

This is definitely some bad PR for ABC Digital or the Academy Awards with many people claiming the nominations ‘appear fixed’. It’s always hard to come back from a mistake like that and we’ll see if this is mentioned again on 26th February when the 89th Academy Awards will take place.