The Oscars 2019: 10 most controversial moments in Academy Awards history

Here's the thing about the Academy Awards, it never goes as planned. Along with the glittery dresses and bow ties comes the unexpected- the controversies.


                            The Oscars 2019: 10 most controversial moments in Academy Awards history

Brace yourselves, The Oscars are coming, and we better be prepared to expect the unexpected. As the who's who of Hollywood gear up for the tinsel town's biggest night, millions of viewers eagerly await a night of revisiting the nominations, watching the presenters, taking in the awkward statements, and guessing as to which film or director deserves to take home the much-coveted award.

But here's the thing about the Academy Awards, it never goes as planned and whatever happens, is etched in history forever. Now is the perfect time to take a stroll down memory lane and take a look at some of the moments in Oscars history that continue to make headlines even today. Let's just say these are the top 10 never-to-be-forgotten moments of the past decade.  

2018- The irony of Kobe Bryant winning an Oscar for 'Dear Basketball'

Filmmaker Kobe Bryant, winner of the Best Animated Short Film award for 'Dear Basketball,' poses in the press room during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California.
Filmmaker Kobe Bryant, winner of the Best Animated Short Film award for 'Dear Basketball,' poses in the press room during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California.

Starting with last year, 2018's Oscars was all about #MeToo and #TimesUp, but the irony was that Kobe Bryant won an Oscar for the 'Best Animated Short Film,' much to the disappointment of many. In 2003, Bryant was arrested for sexual assault after being accused of rape by a hotel employee and in June last year, the athlete was barred from entering the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

2017- The wrong announcement

That major "oops!" moment when Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announced that 'La La Land,' had won Best Picture when it was, in fact, 'Moonlight.'

 

2016- The #OscarsSoWhite movement

Actors Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith attend the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.
Actors Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith attend the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith refused to attend the 2016 Oscar ceremony because all the nominations, from leads to supporting roles were white artists. The lack of diversity in the nominations led to the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite and many urged the Academy to be more diverse. 

 

2013- Host Seth McFarlane jokes about domestic violence

Seth MacFarlane speaks onstage at the 'American Dad' and 'Family Guy' Panel during Comic-Con International 2018 at San Diego Convention Center on July 21, 2018 in San Diego, California.
Seth MacFarlane speaks onstage at the 'American Dad' and 'Family Guy' Panel during Comic-Con International 2018 at San Diego Convention Center on July 21, 2018 in San Diego, California.

There's a line you don't cross when telling a joke on a stage like The Oscars but looks like McFarlane was oblivious to that. The New Yorker called his series of inappropriate jokes as "the Oscars' Hostile, Ugly, Sexist Night." An example of his bad joke goes something like this- when talking about 'Django Unchained,' he says "the story of a man fighting to get back his woman, who has been subjected to unthinkable violence. Or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, a date movie." 

 

2011- Anne Hathaway and James Franco's disastrous hosting night

Hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway speak onstage during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
Hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway speak onstage during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

The Hollywood Reporter dubbed it as "one of the worst Oscar telecasts" and escalated Hathaway's fame of being a hated celeb. Other kind reviews suggested that she was trying and "working hard," but nothing could compensate for Franco's sluggish and unenthusiastic performance

 

2003-Roman Polanski wins Best Director

Roman Polanski attends the 'D'apres une histoire vraie' premiere at the 13th Zurich Film Festival on October 2, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. The Zurich Film Festival 2017 will take place from September 28 until October 8.
Roman Polanski attends the 'D'apres une histoire vraie' premiere at the 13th Zurich Film Festival on October 2, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. The Zurich Film Festival 2017 will take place from September 28 until October 8.

Roman Polanski won the Oscar for Best Director in 2003, despite fleeing from the U.S. in 1977. Still in the "most wanted" list, he has been living in exile ever since pleading guilty to statutory rape of a then-13-year-old girl, but he fled before he could be sentenced to imprisonment.

 

2003- Michael Moore slams President Bush

 

After winning the Oscar for his film 'Bowling for Columbine,' Michael Moore used his speech time to point at President Bush: "We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons ... Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you," he said. The crowds booed and the orchestra played to mute him.

 

2003: Adrien Brody kisses Halle Berry

Adrien Brody kisses presenter Actress Halle Berry as he accepts his Oscar (Getty Images)
Adrien Brody kisses presenter Actress Halle Berry as he accepts his Oscar (Getty Images)

Halle Berry presented the award for Best Actor to Adrien Brody for his role in 'The Pianist,' but as he took the stage, he went in for a passionate kiss with Berry. She later confirmed that it wasn't planned, but said that she just went along with it.

 

2001: Björk wears the swan dress

Björk wearing the swan dress, Marjan Pejoski, 73rd Academy Awards, 2001 (Getty Images)
Björk wearing the swan dress, Marjan Pejoski, 73rd Academy Awards, 2001 (Getty Images)

This isn't just another controversial red carpet dress. Björk wore a bird-inspired dress and went on to pretend that she was laying eggs on the red carpet. Her talked-about Oscars outfit was the centerpiece of an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in 2015. 

 

2000: Angelina Jolie and her brother show some serious PDA

Angelina Jolie kissed her brother James Haven's lips at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2000 (Vanity Fair)
Angelina Jolie kissed her brother James Haven's lips at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2000 (Vanity Fair)

The cringe-worthy moment when Angelina Jolie locked lips with her brother on the red carpet and on winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in 'Girl Interrupted,' she said, "I'm so in love with my brother right now." Yikes!