Dick Pope on 'Dick Poop': I Feel Sorry for the Lady Who Mispronounced My Name

by Zach Seemayer 6:24 PM PST, January 15, 2015
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Cinematographer Dick Pope has learned to take mispronunciations of his name in stride, especially after the Oscar nominations announcement Thursday morning.

Pope received his second Oscar nom for his work on Mr. Turner, but unfortunately the honor was marred when Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Issacs stumbled over his name, accidentally calling him "Dick Poop."

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An embarrassed Issacs quickly corrected herself, but not before the Internet went crazy, because there's nothing the Internet loves more than embarrassing mistakes. Within moments, "Dick Poop" was trending on Twitter.

Pope laughed off the incident, telling USA Today, "You know what, I have been called a lot worse in my time… I don't think twice about anything like that. I am happy to be nominated."

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Pope admitted he felt worse for Issacs, saying, "I feel sorry for the lady who made the mispronunciation."

Pope, who was previously nominated in 2007 for his work on The Illusionist, told the publication that none of the attention paid to him because of the gaffe means much, as he is "naïve" when it comes to social media.

"I have never been on Twitter and I don't know what trending means," he said. "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."

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Pope was nominated alongside Robert Yeoman for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski for Ida, Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman and Roger Deakins for Unbroken. Ironically, Isaacs aced the pronunciations of Zal and Lenczewski’s names.

Perhaps this embarrassing mistake might finally overshadow John Travolta's legendary "Adele Dazeem" flub from last year's Oscar ceremony.

Check out ETonline's coverage of the Oscar nominations in the video below.

The Oscars take place Sunday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. PT on ABC.