The Most Memorable Oscars Moments Of All Time
The Academy Awards are cinema’s most prestigious event, but that doesn't mean some wild sh*t doesn't happen once in a while!
The 91st Academy Awards are just around the corner, and whether you're hoping that Bohemian Rhapsody takes out Best Picture, or you're more partial to A Star Is Born, you can't deny that a little bit of ~drama~ definitely adds some spice to Hollywood's biggest event.
This year, the Oscars has already had its fair share of controversy before it's even begun -- like Kevin Hart being dropped as host and the backlash over some categories (including Best Cinematography and Best Editing) being shafted from the live show (and subsequently reinstated) -- so we can only hope that the awards itself are a wild one.
So, in the hopes that someone hits the champas too hard and says something controversial -- or pronounces a name wildly incorrectly (we're looking at you, John Travolta), here are some of the good, bad, and just plain wild moments that have happened at the Oscars over the years.
Hattie McDaniel Becomes First African American To Win An Oscar (1940)
McDaniel was the first-ever black actor to be nominated or win an Oscar, taking out the prize for Best Supporting Actress for her role as "Mammy" in Gone With the Wind. Sidney Poitier would later become the first black actor to win Best Actor in 1963, and then in 2001, Halle Berry became the first black woman to win Best Actress for her role in Monster's Ball.
Barbra Streisand And Katharine Hepburn Both Win Best Actress (1969)
During the 41st annual Academy Awards, there were two Best Actress winners: Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand. Hepburn wasn't in attendance to accept her award, however, Streisand said in her acceptance speech that she was "very honored to be in such magnificent company as Katharine Hepburn." There have since been other ties over the years, twice in the Best Documentary category (1949 and 1986) and once for Best Live Action Short Film (1986).
Marlon Brando Refuses Oscar (1973)
The actor was the first to use his win as a political platform when he won Best Actor for The Godfather. He didn't attend the ceremony, and instead sent Native American activist, Sacheen Littlefeather, to refuse the Oscar on his behalf. "He very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award," said Littlefeather, who was wearing traditional Apache dress. "And the reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry."
A Streaker Crashes The Awards (1974)
As David Niven began to introduce presenter Elizabeth Taylor, they were both suddenly upstaged by a streaker who appeared behind Niven, throwing a peace sign, and running stark naked across the stage. The streaker was artist and gay rights activist Robert Opel, who had managed to get backstage by putting on a jumpsuit and pretending to be a journalist.
Angelina Jolie And Brother James Haven get Creepily Close (2000)
Following her win for Best Supporting Actress award for Girl, Interrupted, Angie declared she was "so in love" with her brother during her acceptance speech, and at the Vanity Fair after party, she was photographed planting a giant peck on her brother James Haven's lips.
'South Park' Creators Dress In Iconic Oscars Dresses While High (2000)
South Park creators Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Marc Shaiman turned heads on the red carpet in dresses that were supposed to be copies of Jennifer Lopez' and Gwyneth Paltrow's previous looks. They later admitted they were on acid at the time.
Bjork's Swan Dress (2001)
In what's now become one of the most iconic Oscars outfits of all time, Icelandic artist Bjork turned up to the 2001 Oscars in a bizarre feathered swan dress -- even stopping at one point to "lay an egg" and she sashayed across the red carpet.
Jennifer Lawrence Trips Over While Accepting Her Award (2013)
In total J-Law style, on the way to collect her Oscar for Best Actress in 2013, she tripped on her gown while climbing the stairs to the stage. Laughing at he mishap during her acceptance speech, she said, "You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell."
John Travolta Butchers Idina Menzel's Name (2014)
In a super cringe worthy moment in Oscars history, John Travolta completely butchered "Let It Go" singer Idina Menzel's name during the 2014 ceremony, instead introducing the singer as, "Adele Dazeem."
Ellen Degeneres' Star-Studded Selfie (2014)
While hosting the Oscars, Ellen roped in a bunch of celebs for a selfie during the show, which soon become the most retweeted tweet of the year. The star-studded shot included Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie and Lupita Nyong'o. "If only Bradley's arm was longer," she captioned the snap. "Best photo ever. #oscars."
Chris Rock's Opening Monologue Addresses #OscarSoWhite (2016)
Twenty white actors were nominated for the lead and supporting acting categories for the second year in a row, which prompted a backlash that sparked the social media tag #OscarsSoWhite created by activist April Reign. Host Chris Rock went in hard to address the issue in his opening monologue, saying:
"I'm here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People's Choice Awards," he said. "You realise if they nominated hosts, I wouldn't even get this job. Y'all would be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now."
Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY Wins An Oscar (2016)
After years of being robbed of an award, Leo -- who had been nominated a staggering six times before he won -- finally took home an Oscar in 2016 for his role in The Revenant. He used the opportunity to then address the issue of climate change, saying:
“Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species. We need to work together to stop procrastinating,” he said. “Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”
'La La Land' Accidentally Named Best Picture (2017)
Whoopsies! In a monumental stuff-up, the envelope for Best Film was misplaced, leading to La La Land being announced the winner for Best Picture. Turns out, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed a duplicate of the Best Actress envelope -- which was Emma Stone for La La Land. After a bit of confusion, it was soon realised that the award actually went to Moonlight.
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