Michael Keaton Apologizes for That Awkward ‘Hidden Fences’ Mix-up

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While the Golden Globes ceremony’s highlight was a truly powerful speech from Meryl Streep, the night’s lowlight came with the coining of the nonexistent movie Hidden Fences, an unintentional mash-up of Hidden Figures and Fences, two movies with predominantly black casts. The night kicked off with Jenna Bush accidentally referring to Hidden Figures as Hidden Fences on the red carpet; Michael Keaton later repeated Bush’s mistake while announcing nominee Octavia Spencer. Bush has since apologized on Today for her red-carpet error, and now Keaton is also following suit. “I screwed the line up. I was nonchalant about it. I actually, now, I totally understand,” Keaton told a group of reporters on Wednesday evening. “It makes me feel so badly that people feel badly. If somebody feels badly, that’s all that matters … Especially those people in the movie, who worked all that time. I always think about if they have brothers and sisters or mothers and fathers or friends waiting for this, then this guy — me — gets up, gives the wrong part. Watching a player drop a big pass, I always go, ‘Oh my gosh, I feel so bad.’ It kills me. So I am very, very sorry.”

Keaton explained that the error, which occurred when he was presenting the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Film, stemmed from reading the teleprompter and cue cards incorrectly. If people believe there was any discriminatory intent, he added, they’re “extraordinarily incorrect.”

Michael Keaton Apologies for ‘Hidden Fences’