Thursday should have been one of the best days of Dick Pope’s life. The cinematographer was nominated for an Oscar for his work on the film Mr. Turner. Instead, he is dealing with the embarrassment of being called “Dick Poop” on live television during the nomination announcement.
The faux pas came courtesy of Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who was announcing the Oscar nominees for Best Cinematography. But when she got to Dick Pope’s name, she accidentally said, “Dick Poop” before quickly correcting herself. Needless to say, the moment quickly went viral.
Watch Dick Pope get called "Dick Poop" during the 2015 Oscar nomination ceremony.
Pope, for his part, seemed unfazed by his sudden Internet fame. "You know what, I have been called a lot worse in my time," he told USA Today. "I don't think twice about anything like that. I am happy to be nominated. ... I have never been on Twitter and I don't know what trending means. I am completely naive. All I know is that I have a lot of e-mails here saying I am trending on Twitter. They might as well be saying I am landing on the moon, as far as I am concerned."
Indeed, this “Dick Poop” mistake will certainly bring more attention to Mr. Turner. The biopic stars Timothy Spall as British painter J.M.W. Turner. Pope revealed last month how Turner’s art inspired his work on the film.
“We came to the impression that we could make it painterly and true to Turner's work by evoking the colors of the day and what he used,” Dick Pope told IndieWire before his Oscar nomination was announced. “So we used a lot of yellow in the highlights and a lot of blue green teal in the shadow areas and it worked for us. I didn't really do anything tricky; it's just in the colorization. The sky, the land, and the sea — of course, all of the interiors — are all real. There's no jiggery pokery, they're straight up.”
While this is Dick Poop .. err... Dick Pope's first Oscar nomination, he has been involved in several acclaimed films. He also worked on Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky, and Nicholas Nickleby, among others.