How Mixing Up One Word Got Michael Keaton in Hot Water

Actor called 'Hidden Figures' movie by the name 'Hidden Fences'—and he wasn't the only one
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2017 8:55 PM CST
How Mixing Up One Word Got Michael Keaton in Hot Water
Michael Keaton arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

He had just one job, and that job was to present the Golden Globes award for best supporting actress in a film. But when Michael Keaton mentioned Hidden Figures—a movie starring Octavia Spencer (one of the nominees) and documenting a team of African-American women who helped NASA get its first space missions off the ground—he instead said "Hidden Fences," perhaps mixing it up with the movie called Fences starring Viola Davis (the night's winner) and detailing the story of an African-American working-class father raising his family in the 1950s.

That Keaton apparently conflated two movies dealing with African-American storylines wasn't lost on viewers, per the Hollywood Reporter—especially since former first daughter Jenna Bush had made the exact same mistake on the red carpet earlier when talking to singer Pharrell, who scored Hidden Figures, the Washington Post reports. "Wait... #HiddenFences ...again?" tweeted astounded actress Gabrielle Union. The rest of Twitter also jumped right on the gaffe, with memes, a #HiddenFences hashtag, and a Hidden Fences parody account all making an appearance, per Entertainment Weekly. (More Golden Globes stories.)

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