The Oscars, one of the most prestigious events in the entertainment industry, is known for recognizing the best films, actors, and filmmakers for their contributions to cinematography. However, the star-studded event is also infamous for its controversial and unscripted moments, which never fail to entertain viewers. As we approach the 95th Academy Awards, let’s take a look back at some of the most scandalous moments in Oscars history.
In 2022, host Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head, which outraged Will Smith, Pinkett Smith’s husband, who stormed the stage and delivered a sharp slap to Rock’s face. The incident was so scandalous that some media sources questioned whether it was staged. Ultimately deemed as legit, this surreal moment took Hollywood scandals to a new level and left viewers stunned.
In 2017, the Oscars suffered a major mix-up when “La La Land” was mistakenly declared the winner of Best Picture instead of the actual winner, “Moonlight.” Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope backstage, leading to the producers of “La La Land” being forced to hand over the award to the rightful winners, the team behind “Moonlight.”
Ellen DeGeneres’ 2014 viral Oscars selfie captured Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jared Leto in a rare moment of Hollywood goofiness. The star-studded photo has since racked up nearly 3 million retweets and more than 2 million likes.
In 2014, John Travolta introduced singer Idina Menzel for her performance of “Let It Go” from the hit movie Frozen, with Travolta introducing her as “Adele Dazeem.” The not-so-minor mishap quickly went viral, sparking numerous memes and parodies.
In the year 2000, Angelina Jolie won an Academy Award for her performance in Girl, Interrupted. During her acceptance speech, Jolie professed her love for brother James Haven, who was in the audience supporting her. The siblings were then photographed sharing a kiss on the lips on the red carpet, further fueling speculation about their unusual relationship.
Another controversial Oscars kiss occurred in 2003 when Adrien Brody swept Halle Berry off her feet and surprised her with an especially passionate, but non-consensual kiss. Berry initially laughed it off, but later revealed that she didn’t approve of the gesture and was simply too surprised to react in the moment.
Lastly, in 1973, Marlon Brando refused the Best Actor award for his role in The Godfather. Instead, Native American actress and activist Sacheen Littlefeather refused the award on his behalf to protest Hollywood’s treatment of Native Americans. Brando’s actions sparked a heated debate, but it also shone a light on the discrimination and prejudice faced by minority communities in the entertainment industry.
The Oscars may be a prestigious event, but it’s also filled with scandalous and controversial moments that have left viewers stunned, outraged, and amused. These moments remind us that even the most glamorous events can be unpredictable, and that’s what makes them all the more exciting to watch.