Shia LaBeouf Criticized For Impatience With Co-Star At 2020 Oscars

by Jeremy Spirogis
Shia LaBeouf and Zack Gottsagen at the 92nd Academy Awards

At final night time’s Academy Awards ceremony, Shia LaBeouf offered the award for Best Live Action Short Film with Zack Gottsagen, his co-star from his 2019 movie, The Peanut Butter Falcon.

Shia LaBeouf and Zack Gottsagen at the 92nd Academy Awards
Shia LaBeouf and Zack Gottsagen on the 92nd Academy Awards | CRAIG SJODIN by way of Getty Images

Gottsagen made historical past on the ceremony final night time, changing into the primary individual with Down syndrome to current on the awards ceremony.

Today, some are criticizing LaBeouf for his habits in the course of the award presentation.

Here’s what occurred and the criticism some had been leveling at LaBeouf final night time.

Who is Zack Gottsagen?

Zack Gottsagen co-starred with LaBeouf in final 12 months’s The Peanut Butter Falcon, a movie a few man who has Down syndrome who runs away from a residential house to attempt to pursue his dream of changing into a professional wrestler, however within the course of turns into buddies with a prison who turns into his coach and largest supporter.

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Gottsagen and LaBeouf have remained buddies, a lot so, that the 33-year-old actor invited Gottsagen to final night time’s ceremony.

Gottsagen advised the Associated Press final 12 months about his movie look with LaBeouf, “It means some people believe in me … (and) a lot of people love my talent.”

What occurred in the course of the Oscars present

The two actors started their presentation of the Best Live Action Short Film, taking turns in talking. At some factors, as anybody would possibly, standing in a room with so many eyes and cameras on them, Gottsagen faltered in saying his half and in getting the Oscar envelope open. Even LaBeouf might have been a bit nervous, when he incorrectly introduced the winner of the award as The Neighbor’s Widow, as a substitute of Window.

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Shia LaBeouf and Zack Gottsagen | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

LaBeouf to some viewers gave the impression to be getting tense and speeding Gottsagen alongside, almost certainly as a result of he himself was being rushed to maintain issues shifting. At some factors, LaBeouf was chuckling and searching away, which some mentioned made him look like laughing at his 34-year-old costar.

Twitter’s response in the course of the awards present

Twitter had no endurance for LaBeouf’s obvious lack of endurance with Gottsagen.

“Why is #ShiaLaBeouf being a d*** proper now and performing like he has no endurance for the child,” tweeted one viewer.

Another was incredulous at what they saw as LaBeouf’s insensitivity, saying “You’re on a nationwide stage and also you look aggravated at your co-presenter!?! You’re an actor #ShiaLaBeouf a minimum of act like a good human being. #Oscars”

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(L-R) Shia LaBeouf and Zack Gottsagen | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

But many others on Twitter had been supportive of the Even Stevens star, who has credited Gottsagen with serving to him keep sober, and the assist they felt the actor was demonstrating in the direction of his friend.

“Shia Labeouf did nothing wrong. He treated his friend like a real human. I saw compassion, not annoyance. Twitter is ridiculous to shame him for that,” said one tweet defending the Emmy-winning actor.

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Shia LaBeouf (R) and Zack Gottsagen | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Similarly, another tweet stood up for LaBeouf, “Shia was clearly trying to help his best friend who was nervous. You could hear him whispering to him while tapping so he new he had to speak. He then helped him by showing him where to open the envelope and whispered right there. HE WAS NOT BEING RUDE #Oscars”

LaBeouf hasn’t but had something to say about viewers’ perceptions of his physique language on stage. However, it speaks volumes of his friendship with Gottsagen that LaBeouf prolonged the Oscars invitation to his fellow actor within the first place.

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