Will Smith punching Chris Rock live on stage in reaction to a joke about his wife joins a list of Oscar scandals, catches and bizarre incidents from the past 94 ceremonies.
Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s trendy haircut, while Jada previously opened up about her issues with alopecia.
In 94 years, there have been a number of other high-profile incidents at the annual Oscars.
In 1974, a streaker – English teacher Robert Opel – ran across the stage in front of David Niven and Elizabeth Taylor protesting that society is too “conformist”. In an unrelated incident, Opel was later murdered.
In 2014, John Travolta called Idina Menzel, voice of Frozen’s hit Let It Go, Adele Dazeem . The producers had spelled his name phonetically on the autocue in an effort to make it easy to pronounce. Menzel took to TikTok with a lighthearted rendition of That’s Not My Name.
In 1973, Marlon Brando refused to accept the Best Actor Oscar , and sent Sacheen Littlefeather as protection against the treatment of Native Americans. Others have refused to accept their awards over the years, including actor George C Scott.
In 2000, Angelia Jolie used her speech to say how much she was in love with her brother , then kissed him at an after-party. That wasn’t the only unexpected kiss at the event, in 2003 Adrien Brody unexpectedly kissed Halle Berry live on stage.
In 2017, Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty accidentally announced that La La Land won Best Picture. . The winner was actually Moonlight. There are rumors of other awards being given to wrong winners after onstage mistakes throughout the event’s history.
In 1989, Rob Lowe and Snow White performed a duet so bad it prompted complaint letters from celebrities.