And you thought the Academy Awards were boring: All the times the Oscars created unforgettable controversies
From racial segregation to actors being banned from the event, here are 12 most controversial moments in the history of Oscars.
The Academy Awards is now in its 90th year. Over the years The Oscars has been on the air, it's seen some pretty epic moments and some that are just too shocking to believe. Let's take a look at some of the most controversial moment of The Oscars.
1. Hattie McDaniel received her Oscar amidst racial segregation
Even though Hattie McDaniel cemented her spot in Oscar history by being the first black person to win an Academy Award back in 1940, her winning was the biggest controversy. Hattie was indignantly treated at the ceremony, where she was forced to sit apart from the rest of the cast due to severe segregation laws at the time.
2. Halle Berry becomes the second black woman to win an award after 62 years
Halle Berry became the second black woman to win an Oscar in the history of Academy Awards for her work in 2002. This stands as a controversial point because the win came an embarrassing 62 years after Hattie McDaniel won her Oscar way back in 1940. Halle Berry noted this in her speech, and it was an embarrassing, yet unforgettable moment for the Oscars.
3. Cher wears a statement piece to make a point
Cher's outfit at the 59th Academy Awards caused a stir when she showed up on the red carpet. She wanted to make a strong statement with what she wore. Having felt like her performance in 'Mask' had not been duly recognised, Cher decided to put on a one-of-a-kind Bob Mackie gown, and she famously called out the Academy board for failing to recognise her talent, by simply saying "As you can see, I did receive my Academy booklet on how to dress like a serious actress." Her Oscar move was considered to be the most iconic moments in fashion.
4. Rob Lowe's disastrous opening of the Academy Awards
Rob Lowe's hosting of the 1989 Academy Awards ceremony was the single most embarrassing thing that happened to Hollywood. He took the stage with a version of Snow White that could give Willy Wonka a cavity thanks to her sickly-sweet voice, and together, managed to tick off a lot of people at the Awards ceremony. That year's show was so bad that it was sued by Disney, and 17 other celebrities. Julie Andrews, who played Mary Poppins, co-wrote a letter with the other angered artists, calling the performance "an embarrassment to both the Academy and the entire picture industry."
5. Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins get banned from the Oscars
Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins got banned from attending the Academy Awards ceremony thanks to something they jointly pulled while presenting in 1993. They spoke about HIV-positive Haitians who were being held at Guantanamo. Directly addressing the government, Susan asked them to "admit that HIV is not a crime and to admit these people into the United States." But the ban was lifted soon and they went on to win awards themselves.
6. Richard Gere also follows their steps and gets banned from attending the ceremony
Just like Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, Richard Gere decided to take a couple of seconds from introducing the nominees to make a very political statement. The 'Pretty Woman' actor took the time to discuss the unresolved issue of Tibetan independence, asking Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping to "take his troops and take the Chinese away from Tibet and allow these people to live as free, independent people again." Gere was banned from attending The Oscars. His banishment is yet to be lifted.
7. Angelina Jolie confirms that she's in a weird incestual relationship with her brother
Angelina Jolie had a shocking statement to make. In 2000, after receiving her award for Best Supporting Actress, Jolie began her speech by saying, "I'm in shock and I'm so in love with my brother right now...he just held me and said that he loves me and I know that he's so happy for me." She also shared a kiss with him on the red carpet before the ceremony.
8. Jack Palance decides to do some push-ups
Jack Palance won an Academy Award in 1992 for his supporting role in 'City Slickers' and he used the opportunity to make a point about ageism in Hollywood. After saying that directors were always unsure about casting men his age, Jack dropped down on the stage and did some one-armed push-ups. Well, they do say that the proof is in the pudding.
9. Björk lays an egg on the red carpet
Icelandic singer Björk was nominated in 2001 for her song 'I've Seen It All' from the movie 'Dancer in the Dark' for Best Original Song. Björk took this opportunity to dress like a giant bird. The dress by Marjan Pejoski looked like a swan carcass wrapped around Björk. The singer also laid an egg on the carpet, just to complete the look.
10. Jennifer Lawrence falls over on stage
In 2013, Jennifer Lawrence fell over the stairs while heading to receive her award for Best Supporting Actress in 'Silver Linings Playbook'. The crowd can be heard gasping as the J-Law takes a literal die for the stage.
11. Michael Moore shames George W. Bush
There have been many political statements made at the Oscars over the years, leading to many controversies. In 2003, Michael Moore brought his strong beliefs against the US Government. While receiving his award for his film 'Bowling for Columbine', Moore decided to chastise then-President George W. Bush for the Iraq War.
12. Marlon Brando lets an activist take the stage
In 1973, Marlon Brando decided to forego his Best Actor award for his role in 'The Godfather'. Instead, Sacheen Littlefeather took the stage to inform the audience that Brando would be "declining his award" which was in protest of "the treatment of the American Indians in motion pictures and on TV, and because of the recent events at Wounded Knee," the activist expressed. She was met with a mix of boos and cheers.
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