7 Great Controversies During the Oscars

After 92 years of consecutive annual events (with the number 93 about to begin), it is almost impossible that controversies, scandals and controversies are not presented at the Oscar Awards, which extend to its most recent editions, for what the motto “were other times” is not always valid.

1.- Segregation in the Ceremony.

Hattie McDaniel will always have the great honor of being the first African American to win an Academy Award, thanks to her amazing performance as Mammy in the 1939 film “Gone With The Wind,” but what should be a moment of triumph. and glamor is actually one of the saddest episodes of the ceremony.

And it is that in 1940, the United States still presented strong racial segregation laws that kept white citizens from any racial minority, specifically African-Americans, so McDaniel and his companion could not celebrate with the rest of the cast when they were separated in the farthest part of the event room.

2.- A kiss to posterity

In 1964, Sidney Poitier was recognized as the first African-American actor to win an Oscar for “Best Actor,” thanks to his work in the film “Lilies of the Field,” which was presented to him by actress Anne Bancroft, who in a gesture of good faith wanted to congratulate his colleague with a friendly kiss on the cheek. An act that scandalized the most conservative sector of the Academy and that was called in the press as “The Forbidden Kiss.”

3.- Marlon Brando and the Native Americans

In 1972, Marlon Brando, who at that time was already heavily despised by the film industry, decided to reject his award for his performance of Vito Corleone in “The Godfather.”

Brando not only refused to go on stage, but also sent an Apache Native American named Sacheen Littlefeather in her stead to allow her to give a powerful speech about the unfair treatment received by her people.

4.- The Oscar of Marisa Tomei

So far it has not been proven, but there are those who believe that the Oscar as “Best Supporting Actress” that Marisa Tomei received in 1993 for her performance in “My Cousin Vinny” must have been a mistake, since the actress competed against great titans of the industry like Judy Davis, Joan Plowright or Miranda Richardson.

5.- Oscar to the fugitive

At the beginning of the millennium, the Oscar for “Best Director” awarded to Roman Polanski was a moment that, after applause and cheers, hides a not very pleasant story. And it is that the filmmaker was convicted in 1977 as responsible for the abuse of a minor.

Since that year, Polanski has remained outside the United States and not even his recognition for the film “The Pianist” has made him return, since the authorities of the country would act immediately against him.

6.- The Jokes of Seth MacFarlane

In 2013, the creator of Family Guy had to learn the hard way that, unlike the Golden Globes, the Oscars don’t take bad taste jokes well. During his speeches, MacFarlan struck a chord for which many called the gala “hostile and sexist”, even comparing the violence of “Django Unchained” with the case of Chris Brown and Rihanna: “They would call it a romantic movie” .

7.- La La Land receives its own medicine

Remember the false hopes that the end of ‘La La Land’ offered the public? The producers and cast of the film will get some of that. The Damien Chazelle film was announced by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as “Best Picture.”

Everyone shared tears and laughter until one of the producers realized there was a mistake. The wrong ballot had been read, and in an act of inordinate honesty, he invited the team from “Moonlight,” the real winner, to take the stage.