Batkid Segment Cut from Oscars Telecast

By Chris Roberts and Geoffrey Eisler
|  Thursday, Mar 6, 2014  |  Updated 6:19 AM PDT
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Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid, right, walks with Batman before saving a damsel in distress in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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Was Batkid snubbed?

The Academy Awards telecast on Sunday was supposed to feature a segment with Batkid -- 5-year-old Miles Scott, who captured San Francisco's hearts in such a memorable fashion last fall -- but the boy's Oscar moment was nixed just hours before the show began, according to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

A Make-A-Wish spokesperson confirmed the planned segment to NBC Bay Area on Wednesday. She said the segment was supposed to include Andrew Garfield, who is starring in the most-recent Hollywood iteration of Spider-Man.

Garfield was supposed to introduce Miles as "the world's next superhero," Mashable reported.

The segment was rehearsed on Saturday, but without warning, Garfield didn't appear at the Sunday awards show, and the segment never aired.

Instead, Miles took a trip to Disneyland.

Miles’ mother, Natalie Scott, told the International Business Times that Miles had his tuxedo ready to go.

"He was most excited about his new tuxedo, the fitting and having his own tux," Make-A-Wish spokesperson Jen Wilson said.

Wilson said the tuxedo was paid for by a Make-A-Wish sponsor.

"We just don't know what happened," Wilson said when asked why the segment never made air.

According to Make-A-Wish, the Scott family found out the segment was canceled around 11 a.m. on Sunday morning.

“I don’t know if they ran out of time, of if there was something about the segment they didn’t like,” Natalie Scott told IBT.

Wilson told NBC Bay Area that Make-A-Wish's involvement in the planned segment was limited to getting the show's producers in touch with the Scott family.

The Academy Awards did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Natalie Scott reportedly said her child hero was "disappointed."

It took between 11,000 and 12,000 volunteers to pull off the November 2013 event.

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