When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the Oscars, released a full list of Oscar presenters in late February, "The Amazing Spider-Man" star Andrew Garfield was named as one of the celebrities set to present.
However, when the ceremony aired on Sunday, March 2, the 30-year-old actor did not appear. The Academy explained that it was simply due to the fact that his segment, which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, was supposed to be with "Batkid" Miles Scott, was cut from the award show.
"Due to the nature of a live show, hard decisions sometimes must be made which require the Academy to cut segments due to the logistics of production," a spokesperson for the Academy said in a statement to OTRC.com on Thursday, March 6. "Andrew Garfield understood that his segment had to be omitted, and he drove to Disneyland on Monday to spend time with 5-year-old Miles Scott (Batkid) and his family."
UPDATE: Garfield's spokesperson has responded to the reports and said in a statement to Vanity Fair: "In full collaboration with the Academy and the show writer, Andrew prepared a segment for the Oscars to honor Miles Scott as the true hero that he is. As some point overnight on Saturday / Sunday morning, it was decided by those running the show that the segment didn't work in the ceremony. They decided to pull it - Andrew and Miles were equally upset. The producers arranged for Miles and his family to visit Disneyland on Monday and Andrew drove down to visit them and to bring Miles a personal gift."
The segment would have fit in with the overall movie heroes theme that was celebrated during the Oscar ceremony with several movie montages.
For those not familiar with Scott's story, he is a 5-year-old boy who has been battling leukemia since he was 18 months old. Scott is currently in remission and the Make-A-Wish Foundation teamed up with the city of San Francisco in November to set up a day of events in which Scott, dressed up as "Batkid," saved the city from Batman villains like the Riddler and The Penguin.
After saving San Francisco, Scott received a key to the city and a big congrats from President Barack Obama.
Garfield will be seen on the big screen again as Spider-Man when "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" hits theaters on May 2. Check out the trailer below.