The Oscars’ Biggest Controversies

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After the 2016 Oscar nominations were announced on January 14, a controversy erupted over the lack of Black artists being considered for the top prizes. Again. But, it turns out the Academy Awards have a long history of dissing many deserving movies, actors and big screen professionals, while rewarding artists involved in making some truly terrible films. And, oh yeah. Naked people. Here are a few of the worst cases. And, some of the funniest…
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Marlon Brando

In 1973, Marlon Brando won Best Actor for The Godfather but didn’t show up to accept it. Instead, he sent some chick, dressed up as an Indian (she turned out to be Hispanic) to turn it down. But, perhaps the stupidest thing Marlon Brando ever did was to agree to star in Don Juan DeMarco…
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Angelina Jolie

In 2000, Jolie won Best Supporting Actress for Girl, Interrupted and said in her acceptance speech “I’m so in love with my brother right now.” She was later caught on camera backstage making out with him. That was bad enough, but the very next year we had to endure pictures of Jolie humping Billy Bob Thornton. Now, THAT was a disgrace…
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Jack Palance

In 1993, a really old Jack Palance announced that Marisa Tomei won Best Supporting Actress for My Cousin Vinny, causing some to question whether he read the card right. But, in her acceptance speech, Marisa Tomei rightly pointed out that “Jack Palance is no Steve Harvey” and “you can’t make those marks without positraction, which was not available on the ’64 Buick Skylark.”
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Jack Nicholson

In 2006, Jack Nicholson was shocked to announce that Crash had won Best Picture over Brokeback Mountain. Although his reaction was considered to be in bad taste, Nicholson, Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger all kissed and made up backstage, whispering “I wish I knew how to quit you” in each other’s ears…
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Elia Kazan

In 1999, Elia Kazan won a Lifetime Achievement Award, but plenty of celebs in the audience booed and kept their seats when he accepted the honorary Oscar. All because the director “named names” in the infamous Hollywood Blacklist Scandal of the 1950s. Wait. A Black List used to be a bad thing, but now it’s a good thing?
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Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins

In 1993 the Hollywood couple used their presenting moment to rail against the horrendous treatment of the poor people of Haiti. Curiously, not a word was spoken about how the rest of the world was forced to sit through screenings of “Bob Roberts”…
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Michael Moore

In 2003, the Bowling For Columbine director won an Oscar for Best Documentary. He used the moment to criticize the 2000 presidential election. Then, he went home, put the statuette up on his mantle and cracked open a whole case of Cheetos to celebrate…
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David Niven

In 1974, David Niven was presenting when some naked dude (wearing only an awesome ‘stash) ran across the stage on live TV. The next year’s ceremonies broke ratings records, prompting Academy bosses to consider having all presenters do the same thing. Until they realized the first announcers would be Shelley Winters and Orson Welles…
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Jennifer Lopez

In 2001, Jennifer Lopez showed up at the Oscars in a sheer gown with no bra. Under the bright lights of the red carpet, her nips were pretty much out there for anyone to check out. Unfortunately, the effect was ruined when she turned around and showed off Dat Fine Azz wearing a giant pair of Granny Panties…
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