Dick Pope has joked he has been called ”a lot worse” after he was accidentally named ”Dick Poop” during the Oscars nominations announcement. The Mr. Turner cinematographer became an internet sensation yesterday when Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), mispronounced his name while reading out the Best Achievement in Cinematography nods, but he has taken the blunder in good spirit and admits he ”feels sorry” for her.
He said: ”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. You don’t need to explain it to me. I have had it explained one hundred times. I feel sorry for the lady who made the mispronunciation.”
The British star’s name began trending on Twitter shortly after the gaffe and several people compared Cheryl’s error to John Travolta’s faux pas last year when he mispronounced Idina Menzel’s name at the Oscars, calling her Adele Dazeem, but Dick admitted he didn’t even know what it mean to trend on the social networking site.
He said: ”I have never been on Twitter and I don’t know what trending means. I am completely naive. 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.”
Despite the hilarity surrounding his nod due to Cheryl’s slip-up, Dick is grateful to have been recognized for his role in the production of the movie – which received four nods – and paid tribute to the film crew, including director Mike Leigh and leading actor Timothy Spall, who played the titular eccentric painter.
Speaking to USA Today, he added: ”We’re all very happy. It’s wonderful news. But I represent a whole company and the whole film. I represent the people who work on it. We are all very pleased. Delighted.”