Put this one under the category for award season bloopers. An apparent glitch on the Oscars.com website resulted in a test page going live a week before it was suppose to be published. Vanity Fair broke the news and grabbed a screen capture of the page that reveals “Django Unchained” as one of the first nominees.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is staying quiet and calling it all a “website glitch.”
The Academy Awards nominees won’t be announced for another week, but according to an accidentally published test page on Oscars.org, Django Unchained costume designer Sharen Davis has already clinched a slot. “This is the third Academy Award nomination for Sharen Davis. She was previously nominated for Dreamgirls (2006) and Ray (2004)” the site said. While we feel sorry for the poor sap responsible for her inclusion—and while we won’t know whether she’s really nominated until next week—we had to tell Davis. c “Oh my gosh! I haven’t even lost weight!” Davis replied. “I never thought about an Oscar in my life. When they called me for Ray, I thought it was a prank call. I said, ‘Am I going to open the door and see one of those fake, standing Oscars?’”
Davis was similarly incredulous when the Tarantino camp approached her for Django Unchained. “Are you sure you want the girl from The Help and Dreamgirls?” she asked. Although the bold, bloody Western is a departure for Davis—“I don’t even like violent movies,” she admits—her admiration for Quentin Tarantino trumped her sensitivity.
Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced Thursday by host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone.
An Academy spokesperson told The Atlantic Wire late Friday that Oscar website pages are created for all possible nominees, and only those for actual nominees go live. This one was set live as an accident, the spokesperson said, adding that a vote count had yet to be begin and that, thus, poor Sharen Davis got all worked up for nothing.
The Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 24, from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC.
*This post has been updated since it was originally published.