There Night of the Oscars it is an event that, on paper, should serve to celebrate the seventh art and to reward the best professionals of the season that has just ended. It should mostly be a party, a night made for all that is beautiful and positive in the world of entertainment, as was the case, for example, of the selfie taken by Ellen DeGeneres in the 2014 edition. But during her ninety-five editions Academy Awards also recorded some crazy, shocking and unexpected moments that made more headlines than the awards themselves.
The Slap of Will Smith (2022)
The 2022 Academy Award edition risked being remembered as the most boring live broadcast in the history of the Academy Awards. All of the awards were largely predictable and even the presenters’ jokes seemed to have something stale about them. The twist came as we were heading towards the end of the evening. Chris Rock took the stage and, in the course of his monologue, made an unfortunate joke about the haircut of Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith’s wife. The comedian addressed her woman saying: “Are you preparing for Soldier Jane 2?” The joke turned out to be unfortunate since the woman suffers from alopecia, a condition that makes her suffer a lot. At that point Will Smith ordered the comedian to keep his wife’s name out of his mouth, but then decided to stand up, reach out to the comedian and slap him across the face, live globally. Frost has fallen inside the Dolby Theater. Shortly thereafter Will Smith accepted the award for Best Actor for King Richard – A winning family and he took the opportunity to apologise, asserting that “Love makes you go crazy”.
Marlon Brando refuses the Oscar (1973)
In the 1973 edition of the Academy Award, Marlon Brando gets the win for his performance in it The Godfather. When his name is announced, however, he takes the stage Sacheen Littlefeather, a representative of the Apaches, but, above all, president of the National Committee for the Affirmative Image of Native Americans. The woman announced that she had a long message from Marlon Brando in which she, in summary, asserted that the actor “with much regret cannot accept this very generous award and the reason is the treatment of American Indians by the film industry today”. According to The Guardianthe evening brought John Wayne to be accused of racism because he commented on the event saying that Brando should have spoken for himself rather than “send this little unknown girl, having her dressed in Indian clothes”.
Robert Opel naked on stage at the Oscars (1974)
In 1974 photographer and gay rights activist RobertOpel he decided to demonstrate and protest by invading the Oscar stage without any clothes on. The photographer had introduced himself as a journalist to be able to sneak backstage and then run naked on stage, live nationally. The presenter David Niven he tried to see the positive side of the matter, but used a joke that said it was hilarious that the only laugh that Oper could get in his life was related to showing himself naked.
The Oscar (wrong) in La La Land (2017)
One of the worst figures made live globally during the Night of the Oscars is undoubtedly the one that occurred in 2017 when Warren Beatty And Faye Dunaway they take the stage to announce the winner of Best Film, which would have closed the evening. It is thus announced that the winning film is the splendid La La Land Of Damien Chazelle. Director, cast, producers… Everyone takes the stage, giving way to the first acceptance speeches and no one can imagine what’s about to happen. Jordan Horowitz, producer of the newly awarded musical, walks up to the microphone and says there was a mistake, which is not La La Land to have won, but Moonlight. For a moment everyone thinks it’s a sketch and a joke, but the producer holds up the card that says Best Picture is for Camera. moonlight, a bildungsroman focused on an African-American and homosexual boy, which married well with the #OscarSoWhite controversies of that period.
The Fall of Jennifer Lawrence (2013)
In 2013 the actor Jean Dujardin announces to the public that Jennifer Lawrence won the Academy Award for his performance in Bright side Of David O’Russell. The actress, in a beautiful dress, gets up and receives compliments from those close to her and then goes to the stage. And it is here that, in the act of climbing the few steps that separate the audience from the stage, the actress who became famous for Hunger Games trips and falls. For a moment Jennifer Lawrence lays back, covering her face as if she realizes that she has made a fool of herself in “global vision”. Jean Dujardin then approaches her to help, as well as makes her his costar in the film Bradley Cooper. Then Jennifer Lawrence gets back on her feet, takes the stage and, with light and playful tones, kicks off her acceptance speech.