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Zack Gottsagen Becomes First Person With Down Syndrome To Present An Oscar

Rae Batchelor 10 Feb 2020

The Oscars this year were full of monumental moments in The Academy's history from Parasite being the first non-English language film to win Best Picture to Brad Pitt winning his first ever acting Oscar.

One of the presenters made history of his own, as well.

Zack Gottsagen and Shia LaBeouf presented the award for live action short film together.

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Zack and Shia starred together in The Peanut Butter Falcon, where a friendship quickly blossomed between the two. Shia brought Zack as his date to the Oscars as well.

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According to the director of Shia's new film 'Honeyboy,' Shia asked for Zack to join him onstage.

"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," she tweeted.

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At that moment, Zack became the first person with Down Syndrome to ever present an Oscar at the awards.

What an awesome moment in history for both Zack and Shia to be a part of! Zack credits Shia with having changed his life, and I'm sure this will be part of his reasoning for that.

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People have been excited on social media for both stars.

"Shia was so just good with his costar Zack Gottsagen. He didn't jump in too quickly to help him. He trusted Zack, waited for him to gather himself, and let do it on his own," one fan tweeted.

They did an excellent job making history!

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There was some brief controversy over the moment, however.

When Zack got to read the infamous line "And the Oscar goes to..." his excitement was palpable, and Shia took a moment to smile at his friend's enthusiasm.

Some viewers interpreted this as Shia laughing at his co-presenter.

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Fans were quick to defend the pair.

Citing their long friendship and many fond things they've said about each other, fans quickly dispelled any rumors that the moment was cruel in nature.

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"Think before tweeting."

"Dear cancel culture: Shia LaBeouf & Zack Gottsagen are best buds & starred together in a wonderful movie called The Peanut Butter Falcon. They shared the stage together to present an Oscar & Shia helped his friend get through a tough situation," tweeted one fan.

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People realized the truth after seeing all the passionate defense from fans of the actors.

At least this moment lead to even more people being aware of Zack's film The Peanut Butter Falcon so they can watch and see his incredible performance!

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