And the best fake baby award goes to... American Sniper!

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 21, 2015 17:50 IST

We don't know yet about the best picture or the best actor award, but Clint Eastwood's American Sniper is sure taking home the Oscar for the best fake baby ever. The movie, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, is facing flak in the virtual world for trying to pass off a doll as a real baby in a vital scene towards the end. Since the revelation, incensed fans are taking to Twitter and Facebook to vent their anger on being taken for a ride.

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However, many fans are also attributing this 'special effect' to the strict, no-nonsense laws relating to the use of babies in films in California, where part of American Sniper was shot. According to the laws, babies must be at least 15 days old and, up until the age of six months, can only be employed once for two consecutive hours – between 9.30 and 11.30am or 2.30 and 4.30pm. They must also have a work permit and a doctor’s note to start a job. There must be a studio teacher and a nurse on the set, reports The Independent.

The movie's screenwriter and executive producer Jason Hall said that a fake was only used when the real baby fell ill.

“Hate to ruin the fun but real baby #1 showed up with a fever,” Hall tweeted. “Real baby #2 was no show. (Clint voice) Gimme the doll, kid.”, reported Huffington Post. However, he tweet has now been removed.

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