EXCLUSIVE: Octavia Spencer Reacts to 'Hidden Fences' Flub at Golden Globes
by3:18 PM PST, January 10, 2017
Hidden Figures star Octavia Spencer isn't worried about mending Hidden Fences. Spencer, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in Hidden Figures, says she didn't even notice when presenter Michael Keaton announced her film as Hidden Fences during the awards show. Spencer's co-star in The Help, Viola Davis, was also nominated in the category -- and won -- for her performance in Fences. "No [I didn't hear it]," Spencer confessed. "Honey, I was too busy being excited about being there." "Hidden Fences is a movie about invisible fences which I possess an invisible fence," she added. "So there you go." While Spencer didn't notice the flub at first (Jenna Bush Hager also made the same error while chatting with Pharrell Williams on the red carpet before the Golden Globes), she's "not surprised" at the attention it has received. "I think things have a tendency to get overblown," she said. "I wasn't surprised, but you know, I also understand this is a great year for movies like Hidden Figures, like Fences, like Moonlight, like Lion, so it's a great problem to have." Though Spencer isn't too concerned about the slip-up, and was accepting of Hager's Today show apology on Twitter, actress Gabrielle Union called out Keaton on The View for not issuing an apology for the mistake. (Keaton reportedly told TMZ, "I'm sorry, I apologize. I screwed it up," after the awards show.) "Some people just lump all movies about people of color in one group, movies about women in one group," Union said during her appearance on Tuesday's episode of the talk show. "What that does is diminishes and marginalizes the excellent film and work." "Jenna Bush's apology, which was widely accepted by the cast of Hidden Figures, and then Michael Keaton's non-apology spoke volumes and no one has accepted that apology," she added. See more on the gaffe in the video below. 2017 Golden Globes Michael Keaton Viola Davis Octavia Spencer Gabrielle UnionET's Denny Directo caught up with the actress at the L.A. Promise Fund's screening of the film for female students in Los Angeles, where she opened up about the Golden Globes flub that had everyone talking -- and some outraged.