'American Sniper,' the Oscars and that fake baby

Story highlights

  • One critic joked that the film won't win an Oscar because of its fake baby
  • The screenwriter tweeted that the original baby got sick
  • The fake baby even has a Twitter account

(CNN)Get ready for the conspiracy theories if "American Sniper" doesn't snag the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday.

Vanity Fair recently gathered a panel of movie experts in Hollywood to chat about the Oscars, and Fandango's Dave Karger offered a theory as to why the critically acclaimed film may not win.
"The reason why 'American Sniper' is not going to win is because of the plastic baby," Karger said, probably jokingly.
The Clint Eastwood-directed film is based on the autobiography of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who had more documented kills than any other U.S. sniper since statistics have been gathered. Kyle was killed by an acquaintance in 2013.
In the scene Karger refrenced, Chris and Taya Kyle (Bradley Cooper, who is up for the best actor Oscar, and Sienna Miller) are having a conversation in their new baby's room.
The baby is pretty obviously not real.
The film's screenwriter, Jason Hall, tweeted in December that "real baby #1 showed up with a fever. Real baby #2 was no show. (Clint voice) Gimme the doll, kid." That tweet has since been removed.
The fake baby caused a social media stir and, of course, has its own Twitter account.