10 Most Dramatic Oscar Scandals Of All Time

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This year’s Academy Awards left viewers with a lot more to talk about than just the films and actors that were recognized. Will Smith hitting Chris Rock on stage managed to top any real-life headline accolades after the Oscars, and for good reason. It was a break from the typically ultra-organized and rehearsed Hollywood expectation.

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The scandal of the recent event may have seemed unprecedented, and you could say it is. But it’s important to remember that scandals and confusion have been part of the entertainment value of awards shows since their inception.

Will Smith slapped Chris Rock

The obvious top of the list is Will Smith slapping Chris Rock in the face during the 2022 Oscars. During the entertainment, Chris Rock told a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, seeming to offend him. As the camera pans over the audience, Will Smith initially appears to be laughing with the crowd, before taking the stage moments later and slapping Rock in the face. He continues to shout profanity at Rock after sitting in the audience.

This event was actually so outrageous that it is literally almost unbelievable. Media sources speculated for days after the event that it might have been staged, although ultimately the consensus was that it was not. This event takes Hollywood scandals to a new level – an almost surreal experience for viewers.

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The Hattie McDaniel Award is gone

jumping in time, Hattie McDanielThe 1940 Oscar win was one of the first Oscar scandals in history. There were a few outrageous aspects. First, McDaniel was the first black person to win an Oscar, and a lot of people didn’t approve. In fact, black people weren’t even allowed to attend the event in 1940. carried away by the wind and its portrayal of slavery have been and continue to be the source of much controversy.

The highlight of McDaniel’s story is that to this day his Oscar statue is missing. When he died, it had been donated to a university and has since disappeared. It was probably stolen, a shock and shame even though this Oscar win was shrouded in scandal from the start.

Marlon Brando declined the award

In 1973, Marlon Brando won the Oscar for Best Actor in The Godfather, but refused to accept it. Instead, he sent Sacheen Little Feather at the event in his place, who explained to the outraged crowd that Brando was turning down the award as a boycott of the film industry on the grounds that they treated Native Americans unfairly.

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This event came as a shock to the public, but is now considered a heroic event, especially by Sacheen Littlefeather. Brando’s decision was in light of the occupation of Wounded Knee, a protest by Native Americans against the US government.

In another retaliatory measure against the Academy’s lack of inclusion, 2015 saw the start of the #OscarsSoWhite campaign. That year, just 2 years after Black Lives Matter began, every actor nominated for an award was white. And that’s how the hashtag was born.

This issue was divisive. Many were outraged by the lack of nominees of color, and the counter argument was that the Academy was tasked with choosing the best actors, rather than the most diverse cast of actors. Since then, the problem has arisen on several occasions, with the Academy rightly under constant pressure to diversify its graduates.

Envelope Portal

In what was at the time the most confusing and unbelievable blunder to perform live at the Oscars, the bad movie was announced as Best Picture at the 2017 Oscars, not to be rectified until the producers had already agreed. and delivered their speeches.

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Award presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway looked confused as they opened the envelope containing the winner’s name, then announced The Earthwhile the Best Picture winner was actually Moonlight. Apparently, the presenters accidentally received the envelope containing the Best Actress card. Fortunately Jordan Horowitzthe producer of The Earthperformed well, stating that he was proud to present the award to Moonlight.


Streaker ran across the stage

During the 46th Academy Awards, the award presenter David Niven was speaking when a naked man suddenly walked across the test stage behind a curtain, causing the audience to burst into laughter. Niven was unfazed, joking just a moment later, “Isn’t it fascinating to think that the only laugh a man will ever have in his life is probably when he strips down and shows his flaws?”

Some think Niven handled the incident a little too well, and there’s evidence the event may have been staged. Either way, it definitely went down in history as one of the most memorable Oscar shows.

Rob Lowe sang in Cringey Opener

The 1989 Oscars kicked off with a song and dance number featuring Rob Lowe and Eileen Bowman, dressed as Snow White. Bowman immediately begins singing in a high pitched voice and leaves the stage to interact and shake hands with the seated actors, all of whom are visibly uncomfortable and confused. The act continues for 11 long minutes, each more cringe-worthy than the last.

Bowman was an unknown actress without credits hoping to make a breakthrough with this performance. Needless to say she didn’t. Worse still, Rob Lowe – who was already a star but performed even worse than Bowman’s – was embroiled in a sex tape scandal a few weeks later.

Marisa Tomei wins Best Supporting Actress

Jack Palance announced the first prize at the 1993 Oscars, Best Supporting Actress. He read the card, Marisa Tomei, and she accepted the award for her role in My cousin Viny. But rumors started to spread soon after that Tomei’s win was a mistake.

Proponents of the theory note, among other things, that Palance paused unusually long before announcing the name. The Academy has denied all rumors of error.


Angelina Jolie at the 2000 Oscars

At the 2000 Oscars, Angelina Jolie won an Oscar for her role in girl interrupted. In her acceptance speech, she said she was “in love” with her brother who was there to support her in the audience. Later, the siblings were pictured kissing each other on the lips on the red carpet.

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This spurred all sorts of sibling rumors. Eventually, a former babysitter of the two spoke about it publicly, saying the siblings had simply always had a close relationship, and nothing more.

Adrien Brody kissed Halle Berry

At the 2003 Academy Awards, Halle Berry presented the award to the actor Adrian Brody. After receiving it, he hugged Berry and dramatically kissed her on the mouth on stage.

The unexpected and shocking kiss made headlines after the show. Berry laughed at the time, but later said she didn’t want that to happen. She reports that she didn’t stop Brody because she couldn’t figure out what was going on, and he has since received a lot of criticism for this action.

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