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'Honey Boy' Director Defends Shia LaBeouf

'Honey Boy' Director Defends Shia Labeouf
February 10, 2020 - 20:40 / Amanda Stanford

Honey Boy director defends Shia LaBeouf laughing with co-star Zack Gottsagen during their Oscar presentation.

Shia LaBeouf and co-star Zack Gottsagen present an Oscar Award and make Oscar history

Shia LaBeouf took to the stage with Peanut Butter Falcon co-star Zack Gottsagen to present the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.

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This made Oscar history as Gottsagen is the first Academy Awards presenter with Down Syndrome

Shia LaBeouf and Zack Gottsagen attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards.

Gottsagen got to say the famous “and the Oscar goes to…” line, causing a big smile on LaBeouf’s face while appearing to give a small chuckle.

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Some on Twitter interpreted this moment as LaBeouf laughing at Gottsagen, but LaBeouf’s Honey Boy director Alma Har’el was quick to dismiss those claims.

Har’el defended the 33-year-old actor, explaining that LaBeouf would only present the award with his co-star and friend.

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Throughout the evening, LaBeouf and Gottsagen can be seen walking the red carpet together, arm in arm.

Shia LaBeouf and Zack Gottsagen attend the 92nd Annual Academy Awards.

The two starred in Peanut Butter Falcon, and LaBeouf has stated many times his friendship with Gottsagen has "forever changed his life".