Oscars without selfies, kisses and hugs

The 93rd Oscars gala will take place tomorrow night in Los Angeles (early Monday morning in Spain). An edition that will go down in history to be held in the midst of the pandemic. The Academy is betting that it will be more face-to-face than virtual, but the delay in the date and the restrictions will cause the gala to be quite similar to the first, held on May 16, 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and with only 270 guests .

The Oscars organization has preferred that this year be present to avoid technical failures such as those that occurred at the Golden Globes. Although in exchange, it gave memorable moments watching the stars in their residences in pajamas, in a sweatshirt or in a Hawaiian shirt, with your pets or drinking your favorite drinks.

Roberto Begnini at the 1999 Oscars, jumping through the seats to collect the Oscar for the best foreign language film for Life is beautiful


The 92 previous editions of the Oscars have left moments for history. Two of the most recent have been Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway’s mistake in proclaiming La, La, Land as best film, in 2017, when in fact the winner was Moonlight , or the chemistry of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, in 2019 interpreting Shallow , which took the statuette for best song.

But if you look back there are many others: in 1973 Marlon Brando turned down the Oscar for best actor for The Godfather in protest at the Academy’s treatment of American Indians and sent an Indian activist to announce it; or the following year, when a naked man walked behind host David Niven. Or the cry of “Pedrooooo!”, Launched by Penelope Cruz in 2000 when Everything about my mother it won for best foreign film.

The limitations due to the pandemic make images such as that of Roberto Benigni jumping on the seats or the entrance of a pizza maker to the venue unfeasible

Tomorrow’s ceremony will also leave a lot of anecdotes, but there are unforgettable moments in the history of the Oscars that will be impossible to happen again in a context of a pandemic like the current one, with severe capacity and safety distance restrictions.

Thus, for example, it is difficult for someone from the street like the pizza man Ellen DeGeneres called in 2014 to enter, or see a selfie like the one Bradley Cooper took at that same gala and in which DeGeneres, Meryl Streep, appeared crowded together. , Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Channing Tatum, Kevin Spacey, Lupita Nyong’o and her brother. The image broke the record as the most retweeted in history so far. Last year, Charlize Theron also took a selfie with her mother, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Salma Hayek, Regina King and her sister, and Rami Malek.

Adrien Brody's passionate kiss to Halle Berry at the 2003 ceremony

Adrien Brody’s passionate kiss to Halle Berry at the 2003 ceremony


It will be difficult for the winners this year to show their joy by kissing or hugging everyone, like the actor Adrien Brody, in 2003, than by collecting his Oscar for The pianist Halle Bery surprised her with a kiss, typical of the movie. Today that gesture would also be totally unacceptable.

Tomorrow’s ceremony will be outdoors at the Union Station Rail Center in Los Angeles, and without the presence of many of the nominees. It is unknown how the statuettes will be delivered, so perhaps there is no possibility that a winner will trip on the stairs, as happened to Jennifer Lawrence, in 2013, when she went up to collect the Oscar for ‘The good side of things’ . An iconic image for the annals of the Oscars and also for Dior, who signed the dress she was wearing.

Honorary Oscar for Charlie Chaplin in 1972 with a record 12-minute standing ovation

Honorary Oscar for Charlie Chaplin in 1972 with a record 12-minute standing ovation


Precisely when held outdoors, the sound of the applause will be more diluted and will not have the intensity that Leonardo Di Caprio received in 2016, when the entire Dolby theater in Los Angeles stood up by finally winning the Oscar , in his fifth nomination, for The reborn. But the record for the longest standing ovation is held by Charlie Chaplin. In 1972, at the age of 83, he received the honorary Oscar and guests applauded him for 12 minutes at the iconic Dorothy Chandler Pavillion. Since 1973, Chaplin had been exiled to Switzerland on charges of membership in the Communist party and for his public criticism of the American capitalist system.

Jennifer Lawrence, stumbled on the stairs, with her spectacular Dior dress, going up to pick up her Oscar for 'The Good Side of Things', in 2013

Jennifer Lawrence stumbled on the stairs, in her spectacular Dior dress, going up to pick up her Oscar for ‘The Bright Side of Things’ in 2013


The distance between the seats at the Oscars this year will not allow any winner to emulate the exultant Roberto Benigni, who in 1999, when he won the Oscar for best foreign film (also for actor) for Life is Beautiful, He was jumping from the seats to the stage while the audience laughed and cheered him on.