In a stunning move that will certainly have the Spanish media all ablaze, the Associated Press nominated Barcelona RB Dani Alves for the Oscar for "Dive of the Year," then awarded the trophy to someone else. Alves' famous dive against Real Madrid in the 2010-2011 Champions League Semifinal had already received world-wide critical acclaim, and was considered the heavy favorite to take home the prestigious award.
Critics heralded the dive as "standout soccer acting," saying that "[the dive was] deceptive and effective [...] performed on the biggest stage."
Incredibly, the AP awarded their "Dive of the Year" to some other dude. As this other guy strode up to collect the trophy, Mr. Alves walked forward to congratulate him. Moments later, the Brazilian defender was writhing on the ground, clutching his shin in apparent agony. Replays of the event were inconclusive, though some audience members expressed bewilderment at how a simple brush had propelled Mr. Alves so far into the air.
Mr. Alves declined a request to be interviewed for this article, though Barcelona physicians admitted that they were "worried that he might never be able to
act play for Barcelona again."