Movie fans already know: the biggest celebration of the seventh art happens this Sunday (8). The Oscar promises once again to reward the great artists of a year full of memorable films and unforgettable performances.
But Oscar does not live only in honor and glory… The Nicki Swift website listed the most shameful moments in the history of the awards; check it out below!
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In 2015, British singer Sam Smith won an Oscar for “Writing on the Wall”, theme song for the movie 007: Specter. In the thank-you speech, Smith claimed to be the first openly gay man to win an Oscar. At the same time, experts pointed out that Smith was nowhere near a pioneer in the awards, having given awards to Elton John, Dustin Lance Black, among others.
One of the most memorable Oscar gaffes happened in 2017. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented the Best Picture category, and to everyone's surprise, they announced the wrong winner. Dunaway read La La Land's name, while the real winner was Moonlight. The mistake is still remembered today by fans of the award.
In 2014, Frozen was on the crest of the wave. Idina Menzel, Elsa's interpreter, was invited to sing “Let It Go” at the Oscars. The actress and singer was introduced by John Travolta, who missed her name terribly. The star of Grease called Idina Menzel “Adele Dazeem”, at a really awkward moment.
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In 1934, the sixth Oscar ceremony was the scene of a great coincidence. In the category of Best Director, 2 of the 3 nominees shared the same name: Frank Lloyd and Frank Capra. The comedian Will Rogers announced the winner saying only "Come here, Frank!" Capra got up to take the prize, and the moment got even more awkward when the spotlight indicated that Lloyd was the real winner.
In 2000, the media managed to turn an emotional moment between Angelina Jolie and her brother into a terrible accusation. The actress appeared kissing her brother Jamie on the red carpet at the Oscars, and newspapers and magazines were quick to suggest rumors of incest and question the closeness between the brothers. It was all a misunderstanding.
In 2016, Chris Rock presented the Oscar ceremony and made a joke that did not please many people. The comedian addressed racial stereotypes about Asians in a number involving three children in business suits and briefcases. Weeks later, an association of American actors and actresses of Asian descent sent a letter of protest to the Academy, which then apologized.
In early 1973, The Godfather was about to win several awards at the Oscars. Marlon Brandon, Don Corleone, was nominated (and won) the Best Actor category. The reception of the award dominated the tabloids all year. Instead of taking the stage to thank for the Oscar, Marlon Brando sent the young Sacheen Littlefeather, who used the opportunity to protest the terrible treatment given to Native Americans in the United States.
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