Did The Academy Just Accidentally Tweet (And Then Delete) Its Own Oscars Predictions?

05 February 2020
Culture, Awards, Twitter, Oscars, Prediction, Rami Malek

We thought it was our job to speculate until the big reveal on Sunday

Oops. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just can’t seem to catch a break.

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In a now-deleted tweet, the academy posted what appeared to be its own set of Oscars predictions. Wait, what?

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If you’re wondering why on earth the same organisation that votes on who gets to take home its coveted award – and then guards those votes under a shroud of secrecy until Oscars night – even has a predictions list to share, you’re not the only one.

Apparently, the incident befuddled the academy itself.

Responding to an image posted from the official Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences twitter account titled “My Oscars Predictions” – which included Joaquin Phoenix for Actor in a Leading Role, Renée Zellweger for Actress in a Leading Role, Parasite for Best Picture, and Sam Mendes for Directing – the academy quickly defended the incident by first, deleting the tweet, and then posting a follow-up response:

“We invited fans on Twitter to make and share your Oscars predictions. A tonne of you already have! A brief issue on Twitter made some of yours look like they came from our account. They didn’t. This error is now resolved. And we’ll reveal our picks on Sunday.”

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Apparently, the faux pas resulted from the academy testing its new Oscars Predictions Experience, an interactive tool that allows fans to tweet out their own set of predictions.

But, since the tweet featured pretty much every expected winner in each major category (Hey, Brad Pitt! Hi, Laura Dern!), we guess we’ll have to wait and see so we can all tweet in anger come Sunday night about how the Oscars still made us sit through that dreaded three-hour ceremony.