The most controversial Oscars moments EVER

The most controversial Oscars moments EVER: Will Smith slap drama follows Angelina Jolie kissing her brother, Sacha Baron Cohen bringing the ‘ashes of King Jong Un’ and 2017’s WRONG Best Picture announcement

  • Will Smith slapped Oscars host Chris Rock for joking about his wife’s bald head 
  • Award show has seen its fair share of controversy since its launch in May 1929
  • Most recent controversy came in with the ‘La La Land’ and ‘Moonlight’ mixup 
  • Moments include streaker storming stage in 1974 and actors boycotting awards
  • Will Smith left the word reeling after dramatically storming on stage and slapping host Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife Jada’s bald head at last night’s ceremony. 

    But this isn’t the first time fans have been left shocked by the behaviour of an A-lister, with an array of shocking and cringeworthy moments besetting the award show’s 93-year history.  

    One of the most recent controversies includes the erroneous announcement of La La Land over Moonlight as Best Picture in 2017, and Sacha Baron Cohen turning up pretending to carry the ashes of Kim Jong-Il in 2012. 

    Other moments include a streaker who ran across the stage in 1974 and when Adrien Brody grabbed Halle Berry and passionately kissed her after after she announced he won an Oscar for Best Actor. 

    Here, FEMAIL reveals the most shocking and controversial Oscars moments throughout the show’s history. 

    Will Smith left the word reeling after dramatically storming on stage and slapping host Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife Jada's bald head at last night's Oscars ceremony

    Will Smith left the word reeling after dramatically storming on stage and slapping host Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife Jada’s bald head at last night’s Oscars ceremony

    2000: ANGELINA JOLIE KISSES BROTHER 

    In 2000, the world was left baffled when Angelina Jolie shared a passionate kiss with her brother James Haven at the Oscars.

    The pair left onlookers gobsmacked as they smooched at the ceremony after then 24-year-old Jolie had won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Girl Interrupted. 

    During her Oscar acceptance speech back Angelina famously said she is ‘just so in love with my brother right now.’

    Later, at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, she and James were photographed sharing a kiss on the lips, which attracted worldwide publicity and subsequent incest jokes, which Angelina called ‘pathetic’.

    In 2000, the world was left baffled when Angelina Jolie shared a passionate kiss with her brother James Haven at the Oscars Vanity Fair party

    In 2000, the world was left baffled when Angelina Jolie shared a passionate kiss with her brother James Haven at the Oscars Vanity Fair party 

    ‘First, we’re the best of friends. And it wasn’t some odd open-mouthed kiss. It was disappointing that something so beautiful and pure could be turned into a circus,’ she later told People.

    James added: ‘It was an amazing moment. Yet it was totally misconstrued.’ 

    He told Daily Mail on 2007: ‘I did not give Angie a French kiss. It was something simple and lovely. 

    ‘She was about to go off to Mexico to finish filming Original Sin with Antonio Banderas. I congratulated her on the Oscar win and gave her a quick kiss on the lips. It was snapped and became a big thing.’   

    1974: STREAKER STORMS STAGE 

    In 1974, American photographer and gay rights activist Robert Opel shocked the world by storming the Oscars stage completely naked

    In 1974, American photographer and gay rights activist Robert Opel shocked the world by storming the Oscars stage completely naked

    In 1974, American photographer and gay rights activist Robert Opel shocked the world by storming the Oscars stage completely naked.  

    The artist reportedly apparently snuck backstage by pretending to be a journalist before running naked past David Niven and flashing a peace sign while he was introducing Elizabeth Taylor. 

    After breaking into temporary laughter as Opel flashed the audience, host David Niven quipped:  ‘Well, ladies and gentlemen, that was almost bound to happen’. 

    ‘But isn’t it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?’

    Speaking to press after the incident, Opel told reporters: ‘People shouldn’t be ashamed of being nude in public. Besides — it’s a hell of a way to launch a career.’ 

    2017: MOONLIGHT MIX-UP 

    In 2017 The Best Picture award was incorrectly given to musical romcom La La Land before it was revealed that the winner was actually Moonlight - a film about a young African-American boy grappling with his identity and sexuality

    In 2017 The Best Picture award was incorrectly given to musical romcom La La Land before it was revealed that the winner was actually Moonlight – a film about a young African-American boy grappling with his identity and sexuality 

    Fans and A-listers alike were left dumbstruck in 2017 after the evening’s highest honour was awarded to the wrong movie. 

    The Best Picture award was incorrectly given to musical romcom La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, before it was revealed that the winner was actually Moonlight – a film about a young African-American boy grappling with his identity and sexuality. 

    Announcers Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had accidentally been given the wrong envelope by accountants with PriceWaterHouseCoopers, who tabulate the Academy’s voting. 

    In a heart-stopping moment, the stars and producers of La La Land were stopped midway through their acceptance speeches and forced to hand their trophies to the stars of Moonlight. 

    As the La La Land cast were walking on stage to accept the accolade, a stagehand standing in the wings could reportedly be heard saying ‘Oh … Oh my god, he got the wrong envelope’.

    While still on stage, Beatty blamed the mishap on being given the wrong envelope, saying he had seen the name Emma Stone from ‘La La Land’ when he opened his envelope.  

    2003: ADRIAN BRODY KISSES HALLE BERRY 

    Actor Adrien Brody clasped host Halle Berry to him in a passionate embrace and planted a kiss on her lips after being presented the award for Best Actor in 2003

    Actor Adrien Brody clasped host Halle Berry to him in a passionate embrace and planted a kiss on her lips after being presented the award for Best Actor in 2003

    Another controversial moment in Oscars history came after actor Adrien Brody clasped host Halle Berry to him in a passionate embrace and planted a kiss on her lips after being presented the award for Best Actor in 2003. 

    After being handed the statuette for his role in The Pianist, the actor turned to Berry and said: ‘I bet they didn’t tell you that [kiss] was in the gift bag.’ 

    Berry, who looked a little stunned by the encounter, was seen wiping her lips on stage, and later described the smooch as ‘wet’. 

    Recalling the moment during a television appearance in 2017, the actress revealed the kiss was not planned, and that her first thought when Brody grabbed her was ‘what the f**k is happening right now!’ 

    When asked by TV host Andy Cohen whether the kiss was good, Berry replied ‘I don’t know. I was too focused on ‘What the f**k is going on right now?” 

    2012: SACHA BARON COHEN ‘SPILLS KIM JONG-ILS ASHES ‘ 

    Hollywood actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was escorted off the Oscars red carpet after a controversial publicity stunt to promote his film The Dictator in 2012

    Hollywood actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was escorted off the Oscars red carpet after a controversial publicity stunt to promote his film The Dictator in 2012

    Hollywood actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was escorted off the Oscars red carpet after a controversial publicity stunt to promote his film The Dictator in 2012.  

    The British star arrived at the swanky ceremony dressed in character as dictator General Aladeen claiming to be carrying an urn containing the ashes of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il.  

    While he was initially allowed to walk the ceremony in character, things took a turn when he tipped the ‘ashes’ over US media personality Ryan Seacrest.  

    The interaction began with Seacrest asking Cohen: ‘Who are you wearing?’ 

    Cohen replied gamely: ‘I’m wearing John Galliano, but the socks are from K-Mart! As Saddam Hussein once said to me, socks are socks, don’t waste money.’

    But then he added: ‘I love it here because it gave me an opportunity to bring my dear friend and tennis partner, Kim Jong-il.  

    Then he appeared to stumble and poured the mixture – which turned out to be pancake mix – all over Seacrest’s Burberry suit – leading to the actor being escorted away shouting: ‘Now when people ask what you’re wearing, you will say Kim Jong-il!’    

    1973: MARLON BRANDO REJECTS OSCAR 

    In 1973 Marlon Brando caused Academy outrage when he sent Californian Apache Sacheen Littlefeather to decline the Best Actor award he’d just won for his iconic role in The Godfather

    In 1973 Marlon Brando caused Academy outrage when he sent Californian Apache Sacheen Littlefeather to decline the Best Actor award he’d just won for his iconic role in The Godfather

    In 1973 Marlon Brando caused Academy outrage when he sent Californian Apache Sacheen Littlefeather to decline the Best Actor award he’d just won for his iconic role in The Godfather.  

    Instead of going on stage to collect the award, the actor instead sent Native American civil rights activist Sacheen Littlefeather – who appeared in full Apache attire – in his place.

    On stage she read out a letter from Brando informing the Academy he would not accept the award in protest against Hollywood’s depiction of Native Americans. 

    Her brief speech – which was limited to just 60 seconds – was met with a mix of boos and applause by the audience, while backstage afterwards she read out the 15-page speech Brando had prepared. 

    Brando became the second actor to decline his award after George C Scott, who told the Academy months in advance he would not accept the prize in 1970 on ‘philosophical grounds’. 

    2014: JOHN TRAVOLTA WOEFULLY MISPRONOUNCES IDINA MENZEL’S NAME 

    In 2014, John Travolta left fans cringing after a spectacular name fail while introducing musical theatre star Idina Menzel - calling her 'Adele Dazeem'

    In 2014, John Travolta left fans cringing after a spectacular name fail while introducing musical theatre star Idina Menzel – calling her ‘Adele Dazeem’

    In 2014, John Travolta left fans cringing after a spectacular name fail while introducing musical theatre star Idina Menzel.  

    Travolta was introducing her performance at the Oscars and said: ‘Please welcome the wickedly talented, one and only Adele Dazeem.’  

    The Wicked star previously admitted that she was initially devastated by the mix up, convinced the moment had messed up her ‘big break.’ 

    Speaking to James Corden on Carpool Karaoke for his Late Late Show she said: ‘First I felt really sorry for myself, like Meryl Streep’s out there, this is my big break and he just f****d up my name.’ 

    However she now sees the funny side of the mistake, revealing Travolta has apologized profusely for mispronouncing her name. 

    She said: ‘It was the greatest thing that ever happened to me. [John has] written so many nice apologetic emails, sent flowers, he’s so kind, and to make up for it he would fly wherever at this point. 

    ‘And I always just say, “No worries, because it was the best thing that ever happened to me!”.’ 

    Travolta previously explained he got Idina’s name wrong because the Oscars staff had changed her name to a phonetic spelling, and that he became ‘starstruck’ by Goldie Hawn. 

    1995: DAVID LETTERMAN’S OPRAH OR UMA JOKE  

    Talk show host David Letterman presented the award ceremony in 1995, with his performance becoming what that Atlantic would later describe as 'the gold standard of Oscar bombing'

    Talk show host David Letterman presented the award ceremony in 1995, with his performance becoming what that Atlantic would later describe as ‘the gold standard of Oscar bombing’

    Talk show host David Letterman presented the award ceremony in 1995, with his performance becoming what The Atlantic would later describe as ‘the gold standard of Oscar bombing’.

    Joking about the unusual first names of Uma Thurman and Oprah Winfrey, Letterman’s gag where he introduced the two women to each other baffled the audience into silence.

    He kicked off the show by saying: ‘I’ve been dying to do something all day and I think maybe we can take care of it’. 

    He then proceeded to ‘introduce’ the Hollywood A-listers saying: ‘Oprah? Uma. Uma? Oprah. I feel much better. Have you kids met Keanu?’ 

    The New York Times wrote shortly after the awkward performance: ‘Mr Letterman has a questionable mid-America habit of ridiculing names, including those of everyone from immigrant cabdrivers to store owners called Mujibur and Sirajul. 

    ‘Opening the awards ceremony, he zeroed in on Oprah (Winfrey) and Uma (Thurman), but quickly discovered that the audience found the routine somewhat less than amusing, even when he frantically added Keanu (Reeves).’  

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