Drama a fea­ture in past Acad­emy Awards

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

The Acad­emy Awards is no stranger to con­tro­versy so Kevin Hart step­ping aside amid a row over al­leged ho­mo­pho­bia should per­haps not come as a huge sur­prise.

From streak­ers to the wrong win­ners be­ing an­nounced, the Os­cars has seen it all.

So where does Hart rank among some of the Os­cars’ big­gest con­tro­ver­sies?

● Mar­lon Brando sends a Na­tive Amer­i­can ac­tivist to re­ject his Best Ac­tor gong

The ven­er­ated star was named best ac­tor in 1973 for his role in The God­fa­ther, but de­cided to stay away from the cer­e­mony and sent Na­tive Amer­i­can ac­tivist Sacheen Lit­tle­feather in his place.

Dur­ing her re­jec­tion speech, Lit­tle­feather said: “He very re­gret­fully can­not ac­cept this very gen­er­ous award. And the rea­sons for this be­ing are the treat­ment of Amer­i­can In­di­ans to­day by the film in­dus­try.”

Since the stunt, win­ners are no longer al­lowed to send peo­ple to ac­cept their awards.

● A streaker sprints across the stage

English ac­tor David Niven was one of the pre­sen­ters in 1974 for the 46th Acad­emy Awards.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, an Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher sprinted across the stage wear­ing noth­ing while flash­ing the peace sign.

● The wrong movie is named best pic­ture

The best pic­ture gong was be­ing handed out by pre­sen­ters Faye Du­n­away and War­ren Beatty who read La La Land out as the win­ner – but the real best pic­ture was Moon­light.

La La Land pro­ducer Jor­dan Horowitz an­nounced, “There’s a mis­take. Moon­light, you guys won best pic­ture.”

The mis­take will likely never be topped.

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