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Both Saoirse Ronan and Benj Pasek received nominations for their respective films, Lady Bird and The Greatest Showman, but announcers had difficulty pronouncing their names.
Alfre Woodard struggled to pronounce Ronan’s name while announcing her nomination for best actress in a musical or comedy for Lady Bird. “Excuse me!” Woodard said, as she attempted to properly pronounce the actress’ name. Woodard also slipped up trying to pronounce the name of Feud star, and Globes nominee Susan Sarandon, pronouncing her last name “Sare-an-don.”
Ronan has been outspoken about the commonality of mispronouncing her name. During an appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden, Ronan joked that her name has “a lot of vowels,” and she has heard “everything” when it came to butchering her name. She even devoted her entire opening monologue on her recent hosting appearance on Saturday Night Live to explaining, via song, how to pronounce her name.
Meanwhile, as Garrett Hedlund presented the nominees for best original song, he flubbed Pasek’s name as he announced the songwriter’s nomination for “This Is Me” from the upcoming film The Greatest Showman. The actor enunciated his name as “Paw-seek,” when it’s properly pronounced “pah-seck.”
Late Night host Seth Meyers is set to host the 75th annual awards show, airing live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Sunday, Jan. 7, on NBC from the Beverly Hilton.
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