1936: Dudley Nichols declines his award
The controversy began early in the history of the Oscars. At the fifth ceremony, screenwriter Dudley Nichols (above right) declined the award for which he had wonthe informant🇧🇷 The Screen Writers Guild was still new in Hollywood and the studios were trying to stop unionization. To further their cause, the Screen Actors Guild and Writers Guild urged their members to boycott the ceremony. While most stars showed up for Oscar night, Nichols confirmed the boycott and skipped the ceremony. A few years later he was elected head of the guild.
1940: Hattie McDaniel becomes the first black woman to win an Oscar
Oscars have awarded little golden men since 1929, but it wasn't until 1940 that a black actor won an Oscar. Hattie McDaniel took home the supporting actress award for her workAnd the wind carried it away, but even as a newly crowned Oscar winner, she didn't spare herself the cruel humiliations of segregation: McDaniel had to sit at the back of the venue, separated from the rest of the cast. It would be another 51 years before the next African American woman won an acting Oscar: Whoopi Goldberg took home one for her supporting roleGeist.
1958: Donald Duck co-hosts the Academy Awards
Years before CGI and hologram technology made these types of stunts easy, Donald Duck had a role in the show at the Oscars. The animated character appeared in the film and interacted with the show's other hosts: Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, David Niven, Rosalind Russell and James Stewart. It is not known if Donald had to wear pants for the occasion.
1961: Elizabeth Taylor wins forButterfeld 8after illness and scandal
Elizabeth Taylor was used to being the center of Hollywood gossip, but she found herself in the eye of a scandalous hurricane after her affair with Eddie Fisher came to light. Fisher was married to America's sweetheart Debbie Reynolds at the time, and Hollywoodites were appalled at his pearls. When Taylor slipped into the role of a high-class prostituteButterfeld 8, along with Fisher, raised their eyebrows even higher. However, Taylor gained sympathy when he became seriously ill with pneumonia. She ended up winning her only Oscar for her work on the film and arrived at the ceremony frail and breathless.
1964: Sidney Poitier wins the Oscar for best actor
Oscar voters praised Sidney Poitier's strong performance infield lilieswith the Oscar for best actor in a tight field that also included Rex Harrison (Cleopatra) and Paul Newman (hud🇧🇷 Poitier was the first black person to win the Best Actor category and noted in his acceptance speech that it had been "a long road to get to this point". When Anne Bancroft kissed Poitier on the cheek while presenting him with the award, it was frustratingThe racists got angry🇧🇷 It would be another 38 years before another black man won the Best Actor award: Denzel Washington accepted the award in 2001 for Training Day.
1969: Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn for Best Actress
Ties in the Oscar voting are incredibly rare, but they do happen, as evidenced by the 1969 Oscar for Best Actress shared by Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand. Host Ingrid Bergman was surprised when she opened the envelope. The tie was made less embarrassing by the fact that Hepburn, who won, got throughThe lion in winterShe, as is her habit, didn't take part in the show, leaving Streisand to revel in the moment of her first Oscar winfunny girl.
1970: George C. Scott turns down his Oscar
George C. Scott wasn't known for making jokes, so he meant business when he told the Academy he wasn't going to the awards. "The ceremonies are a two-hour meat parade, an exciting public spectacle planned for economic reasons," George C. Scott murmured, according to the pressLos Angeles Times, and had no intention of interfering. However, Scott couldn't help but be nominated and couldn't stop Oscar voters from admiring his workpatton🇧🇷 He won Best Actor, but when he was called out ("Oh my God," said host Goldie Hawn, realizing what was about to happen), he was far, far away from Hollywood and all its hustle and bustle.pattonProducer Frank McCarthy accepted the award on his behalf.
1973: Sacheen Littlefeather declines an Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando was recognized for his role in Best ActorThe Godfather🇧🇷 So when Native American actress and activist Sacheen Littlefeather took the stage at the Oscars, it was quite a surprise. But what she had to say was even more surprising. "I'm representing Marlon Brando tonight," Littlefeather said, "and he asked me to tell you... the film industry." His speech was greeted with a mixture of boos and applause; small pensaid later, "John Wayne was backstage, ready to take me offstage."
1974: A forward takes the stage at the Oscars
When actor David Niven wanted to introduce Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Opel walked across the stage in his birthday suit. Niven barely blinked before coldly replying, "Isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh a man will ever have is to strip down and show his flaws?" Perhaps more shocking than the strips is the Fact that Opel was not arrested or even kicked out of the show. In fact, she held a press conference and told reporters, "People shouldn't be ashamed of being naked in public. Plus, it's an amazing way to start a career.”
1986: Cher and her headdress hit the ground running
Cher always knows how to make a statement, so when her acting gets too seriousface maskPassed over by the academy, she stepped onto the red carpet in an outfit that made sure she couldn't be forgotten again. She wore a stunning black jumpsuit with matching feather headdress designed by her frequent design partner Bob Mackie. When asked about her extravagant outfit, she repliedhe famously said, "As you can see, I received my handout from the Academy on how to dress like a serious actress." She is not only a fashion icon but also a shadow icon.
1989: Rob Lowe and Snow White duet on stage
How do you rate Mary Poppins yourself? Apparently Rob Lowe sang a "Proud Mary" riff with Snow White. At the 61st Academy Awards, Rob Lowe took the stage with Snow White (played by Eileen Bowman) and performed a quirky, out of place 15-minute skit that will live on in the Oscars' disgrace. not only himNew York Timeswrites that the role earned "a permanent place in the annals of Oscar embarrassment," but the show was sued by Disney and 17 celebrities, including Paul Newman, Gregory Peck, Billy Wilder and Julie Andrews (yes, Mary Poppins), allwrote a letterHe called the performance "an embarrassment to both the Academy and the film industry as a whole." It's easier to find Bigfoot videos than this routine online.
1992: Jack Palance does push-ups on stage
When Jack Palance won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role incity raincoatstook the opportunity to comment on ageism in Hollywood. He said directors were always reluctant to cast men his age, unsure of what they could and couldn't do. To prove he's capable of almost anything, he took to the stage to do one-armed push-ups. It will.
1993: Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Richard Gere are banned for life...
Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Richard Gere took their place on the Oscars stage to speak about the political causes that matter most to them. (Sarandon and Robbins discussed treatment for HIV-positive Haitians, while Richard GeredenouncedThe Chinese invasion of Tibet.) The uproar over the politicization of the Oscars resulted in all three being banned from the show for life. However, that ban was lifted when Sarandon won Best Actress in 1996dead man walking, followed by Robbins in 2004 for Best Supporting Actor formystical flow🇧🇷 It is unknown if Richard Gere's ban was also mysteriously lifted...
1993: Marisa Tomei wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress
Marisa Tomei was a dark horse contender in the 1993 Oscar race; played the brash and boisterous Mona Lisa Vito on the sitcommy first wineWhich is not typical Oscar fare. He also went up against acting powerhouses like Judy Davis, Vanessa Redgrave and Miranda Richardson. It seemed impossible that she would win, but it was Tomei's name that Jack Palance announced. Tomei's victory was so unexpected that it existsa persistent noisethat Palance named the wrong person, but this is vehemently disputed by the Academy, and even by those sophisticated accountants who review the results.
1999:Shakespeare in lovebeatsThere Soldier James Ryanfor the best film
In one of the biggest surprises in Oscar history, the romantic comedy starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes (the latter as Bard himself) somehow defeated Steven Spielberg's war epic.There Soldier James Ryanfor the best film. Spielberg didn't go home empty-handed: he won Best Director.
1999: Roberto Benigni jumps over the chairs and takes the stage
Italian actor and director Benigni took home the award for best foreign language film for his work on the poignantlife is beautiful🇧🇷 He also won because he made a Holocaust film that was kind of funny too. Benigni was so excited when Sophia Loren announced him as the winner that he (with a little help from Steven Spielberg) jumped out of his chair and waved his hands in delight. He then jumped onto the chairs (and the people sitting in them) before jumping down the aisle onto the stage.
1999: Elia Kazan wins an honorary Oscar
There is no doubt that Elia Kazan is one of the great directors in Hollywood with films likeam MoremiEnd station longingin your favor. But he also made many enemies during the McCarthy era by labeling people as suspected communists. Decades later, Hollywood awarded him an honorary Oscar, but it was still a controversial move. The public was divided on how to react; whileLos Angeles Timesreported, Warren Beatty and Meryl Streep gave a standing ovation and Steven Spielberg chose to applaud from his chair while Nick Nolte and Ed Harris neither stood nor applauded.
2000: Angelina Jolie says she is "so in love" with her brother
Angelina Jolie is now a PR pro as it's hard to imagine she ever caused such an uproar. But that's exactly what she did when she accepted the Best Supporting Actress award in 2000. After hugging her brother James Haven, who accompanied her to the ceremony, Jolie began her speech by saying, "I'm in shock and I'm so excited." Love with my brother now...he just hugged me and me told me he loves me and I know he's very happy for me." (Not to mentionThe controversial kiss the brothers sharedon the red carpet that night, mirroring what they exchanged at the Golden Globes just months earlier).
2001: Björk is a swan, she lays an egg on the red carpet
With herdancers in the darkNominated for Best Original Song, I've Seen It All saw Icelandic singer Björk take the Oscars to a new level. Adorned in a swan-like dress designed by Marjan Pejoski, the singer also dropped (laid?) an egg on the red carpet to complete the look. It became one of the most memorable dresses to ever grace the Oscars carpet; said Pejoski laterDer Hollywood-Reporter, "It would be boring without people like her." So true.
2002: Halle Berry becomes the first African-American actress to win the Best Actress award.
Halle Berry played Leticia Musgrove in itMonster Ball, a single mother who becomes involved with the racist man who executed her husband. When she won the Best Actress award for her performance in 2002, she cried on stage. "This moment is so much bigger than me," he said in his acceptance speech. "This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It's for the women next to me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, and it's for every faceless, nameless woman of color who has a chance now because that door opened tonight." However, no black woman has won the award since.
2003: Adrien Brody as Halle Berry
Adrien Brody knew how to seize a moment. When he won the Best Actor awardThe pianistIn 2003 he grabbed his gold statue and the girl. He gave the unsuspecting Halle Berry a big kiss, who was just trying to do her job and give the man the award. She agreed, but the surprise kiss pissed many off.
2006:defeatGo past the critics, my dearsecret in the mountain
Given the awards, the supposed favorite for best picture was the critically acclaimed onesecret in the mountain, Ang Lee's cowboy love story starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. It was a shock whendefeatIt was revealed that even host Jack Nicholson looked stunned. The film is now regularly cited as one of the worst Best Picture winners of all time.
2009: Heath Ledger posthumously wins an Oscar
It was a bittersweet moment when Heath Ledger's name was mentioned at the 2009 Academy Awards when he was recognized for his work in Best Supporting ActorThe dark knight, but had died of an overdose months earlier. In a somber moment, the Ledger family accepted the statuette on behalf of their three-year-old daughter Matilda.
2011: Melissa Leo drops the F-bomb
Melissa Leo could have won Best Supporting Actress in 2011 for her role inThe fighter, but it was another F-word that got her into trouble on Oscar night. Stunned by his victory, Leo took the stage and let go. "When I saw Kate [Winslet] two years ago, she looked so simple!" she said. Surprisingly, it was the first time anyone had thrown the F-bomb at the microphone at the Oscars. No harm, no dirty (word), but the censors caught it and issued the expletive.
2013: Jennifer Lawrence Cai
Jennifer Lawrence would probably agree that this now-classic faux pas is something that would only happen to her. On the way to receiving the Best Actress award for herSilver Linings PlaybookPaper, Lawrence tripped over her dress as she walked up the stairs. Luckily, Hugh Jackman was there to help her up and Lawrence took the stage in good spirits. The impromptu pour earned him a standing ovation. "You guys only get up 'cause you're feeling bad that I fell," she joked in her acceptance speech. "It's really embarrassing."
2013: Jennifer Lawrence flips the bird in the press room
And after J.Law fell down the stairs and picked up her Best Actress award, she became the bird in the press room. Was he joking? Was he serious? Who knows!
2014: John Travolta presents "Adele Dazeem"
John Travolta should have practiced his lines a bit more before stepping onto the Oscars stage. When he introduced Idina Menzel, he stumbled across thefrozenStar name In a moment that charmed the internet, the actor said, "Please welcome the incredibly talented and one-of-a-kind Adele Dazeem." Twitter couldn't help but be quick to joke about the glitch. However, Menzel took revenge. In 2015 he entered the Oscars stage with his "dear friend Glom Gazingo". Who is this? John Travolta, of course.
2014: Ellen's starry selfie
If Bradley Cooper wanted out of Hollywood, it might be as a photographer. The actor helped host Ellen DeGeneres take a selfie with fellow celebrities, including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Lupita Nyong'o. Ellen tweeted the photo with the caption, "If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever," and within an hour it became the most retweeted photo of all time.
2016: Chris Rock brings Stacey Dash to the stage
While #OscarSoWhite was the hashtag of choice over the embarrassingly monochrome 2016 nominees, host Chris Rock's monologue also became #OscarsSoAwkward. Rock boldly addressed the issue of race, unapologetically (and rightly) exposing Hollywood for its long history of racism. "I'm here at the Oscars, aka the White People's Choice Awards," he said. "You know if they nominated the hosts I wouldn't even get that job. You'd be looking at Neil Patrick Harris right now.” But when he brought up former Fox News commentator Stacey Dash and called her the “new director of our minority outreach program,” the joke caught on. And while some knew Dash had already called for the dissolution of BET and Black History Month, many viewers had no idea who he was or why he was there, not exactly a recipe for a joke.
2017:Outsidewins Best Picture afterthe earthaccidentally advertised
The announcement of the best picture is always the exciting highlight of a long and glittering night of honours. But in 2017 it was even more surprising than usual. ModeratorWarren Beatty got the winner wrong,the earth, after mistakenly receiving the wrong ticket: a duplicate Best Actress ticket that had Emma Stone's name on it.the earthprovisionally. It wasn't until the film's cast and crew arrived on set that the error was corrected andthe earthProducer Jordan Horowitz took the mic to say, "Sorry, there was a mistake.Outside"You won best picture".
2018: all references to last year's mess
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In the first post-OscarOutside/the earth-Gate there were many references to the memorable mess. During host Jimmy Kimmel's monologue (back for the second year in a row), he explained, "This year, when you hear your name, don't get up straight away. give us a minute We don't want anything else." When Mark Hamill presented an award, he hilariously commented, "Don't say itThe earth".Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty even got a second chance to present a trophy. Perhaps the most hilarious moment came when director Guillermo del Toro double checked the envelope for the Best Director winthe shape of the water.
2018: Emma Stone denounces gender inequality in the directing category
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Another highlight of the evening came just minutes before del Toro won the Oscar for Best Director. Host Emma Stone addressed the lack of gender representation in the history of directing (only five women have been nominated in 92 years). She made these comments before rattling off the nominees:
“It is the director whose indelible handwriting is reflected in every image. It's the director who, shot by shot, shot by shot, day by day, works with each team member to move the story forward. And it is the director's vision that captures ordinary films and turn it into a work of art.These four men and Greta Gerwig created their own masterpieces this year."
2019: Kevin Hart steps down as host of the Oscars
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Öbiggest controversyThe 2019 Oscars came months before a single trophy was awarded. On December 4th, Kevin Hart was named presenter of the 91st Academy Awards. After a series of Hart's homophobic tweets resurfaced, many urged him to step down from his hosting duties. He finally apologized for his comments on December 7 and resigned from the show. The show ended without a host, a trend that continued into 2020.
2019: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper deliver a sizzling performance
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A star is bornwas one of the most talked about films of 2018. So all eyes were on Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper as they took the stage to perform their Oscar-winning song "Shallow." But no one was prepared for just how much real-life chemistry the pair would have as they emerged from their seats in the audience to deliver a performance that got everyone talking. The love rumors turned out to be false, but this performance will remain legendary.