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.
This made Oscar history as Gottsagen is the first Academy Awards presenter with Down Syndrome.
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.
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.
Shia was offered to present an Oscar. He said he would do it if he can share that moment with his beloved co-star Zach Gottsagen who we all adore. It's stressful up there... pic.twitter.com/F75aT1vURa— Alma Har'el (@Almaharel) February 10, 2020
Har’el defended the 33-year-old actor, explaining that LaBeouf would only present the award with his co-star and friend.
More people came to defend the young actor:
Shia Labeouf wanted Zach Gottsagen to have an amazing and life changing moment. If you've seen Peanut Butter Falcon, you know that he has tremendously impacted Shia's life in a positive way more than he could have ever imagined. #TheOscars pic.twitter.com/hubr9ygA5b— Peyton Vinny Moran (@The_Moran_Man) February 10, 2020
Throughout the evening, LaBeouf and Gottsagen can be seen walking the red carpet together, arm in arm.
The two starred in Peanut Butter Falcon, and LaBeouf has stated many times his friendship with Gottsagen has "forever changed his life".