Both NBC’s Jenna Bush and presenter Michael Keaton mispronounced the name of the movie “Hidden Figures” at the Golden Globes on Sunday, calling it “Hidden Fences” and sending the Twitterverse into a frenzy.
“All movies with black people don’t sound alike,” comedian Robin Thede tweeted, noting that the two stars seem to have confused “Hidden Figures,” which stars Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer, with Denzel Washington’s drama “Fences” co-starring Viola Davis.
“The Birth of a Nation” star Gabrielle Union joined the online chorus of disbelief. “Wait… #HiddenFences …again?”
“I’mma let you finish, but #HiddenFences was the best film of the year!” joked “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams on Twitter.
Keaton, in giving out the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, accidentally referred to the film “Hidden Figures” as “Hidden Fences,” combining the title of the former film and “Fences.”
Earlier in the evening on the red carpet, NBC News correspondent Jenna Bush made the same mistake when she asked Pharrell Williams about his nomination for “Hidden Fences.” Williams was in fact nominated for his work as a composer on “Hidden Figures.”
Here are some other online reactions to the flub(s).