Yesterday, Miles' mom, Natalie Scott, expressed "disappointment" with the cancellation
His tux was in hand, he'd rehearsed and 5-year-old Miles Scott, aka Batkid, was "all ready" for his Hollywood debut, according to his mom.
But then, bam! Sunday morning the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences pulled the plug on an Oscars superheroes segment that was to star Miles and fellow crime fighter Spider-Man, akaAndrew Garfield.
Miles, a leukemia survivor, became a mighty sensation last year when he donned Batman's black-muscled armor and "saved" San Francisco as part of a Make-A-Wish Foundation dream fulfillment. One might wager that he would have saved the snooze of a broadcast that arguably was this year's Oscars.
Now, the academy has issued a statement as to why Miles' second dream was dashed and what his consolation prize was:
"Due to the nature of a live show, hard decisions sometimes must be made which require the Academy to cut segments due to the logistics of production. Andrew Garfield understood that his segment had to be omitted, and he drove to Disneyland on Monday to spend time with 5-year-old Miles Scott (Batkid) and his family."
Yesterday, Miles' mom, Natalie Scott, expressed "disappointment" with the cancellation. "We had gone all the way down there (from far Northern California), and he went through the rehearsal and he had a fancy tux and was all ready for it," she told the International Business Times.
As of Wednesday night, the family hadn't heard from the academy. "I know that's how TV goes and how Hollywood is. We're just not used to that; we're from a really small town."
As for her son, "We told him that it didn't work out, but we ended up having fun anyway."
UPDATE: In response to reports circulating that Garfield was partly to blame for the backtrack, the actor's reps have given Vanity Fair a statement. It turns out Garfield was just as disappointed:
"In full collaboration with the Academy and the show writer, Andrew prepared a segment for the Oscars to honor Miles Scott as the true hero that he is. As some point overnight on Saturday / Sunday morning, it was decided by those running the show that the segment didn't work in the ceremony. They decided to pull it - Andrew and Miles were equally upset. The producers arranged for Miles and his family to visit Disneyland on Monday and Andrew drove down to visit them and to bring Miles a personal gift.
Andrew did the right thing for Batkid and anyone saying otherwise is flat out lying."