Let it go? Sorry, but as Ricky Gervais so delightfully reminded at the Golden Globes, that’s not the way these things work.
The major upside-down highlight of this morning’s announcement in Beverly Hills of the 2014 Oscar nominees was Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ struggles with the teleprompter. She woke up the crowd with a number of embarrassing stumbles, including calling Birdman “The Birdman” and Mr. Turner cinematographer Dick Pope “Dick Poop.” That’s Pope, pictured, standing on set behind director Mike Leigh.
Right now, many more entertainment reporters than could ever have been expected are scrambling to contact this particular 2014 Best Cinematography nominee. Pope is British, and since the British generally like to have fun with this sort of thing, the reaction quote(s) from the 67-year-old DP should be good. (We’re kind of hoping he says: “I guess this just means Mrs. Isaacs thinks I’m the shit!”)
To use a few (other) titles from Pope’s long credits list: Even though Isaacs’ stumble was Nothing Personal but more of just a Topsy-Turvy mistake, there’s no Walking Away from this for Pope. The masterful picture taker of Mr. Turner will now also forever be known as Mr. Poop. To go along with that incoming call or frame-worthy email/letter from Isaacs.
Pope’s work on Leigh’s movie about British painter J.M.W. Turner has “cogitated” his second Oscar nomination. He previously got the nod for 2006’s The Illusionist.
Update (4:00 p.m.):
USA Today caught up with Pope via telephone from London. He told the paper he “has been called a lot worse in my time.”
[Photo courtesy: Sony Pictures Classics]