Special Report

21 Biggest Scandals in Oscars History

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Elia Kazan’s controversial Oscar
> Year: 1999

Elia Kazan directed some of Hollywood’s best films. “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “On the Waterfront” are classics. But during the 1950s, he gave the names of suspected communists to the House Committee on Un-American Activities, which led to some in Hollywood being blacklisted. Many hadn’t forgotten that when he received an honorary Oscar in 1999. He was cheered by some, but jeered by others.

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Stoned in drag
> Year: 2000

Nominated for the song “Blame Canada” from “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut,” “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker showed up to the ceremony in drag: Parker wore a dress similar to Jennifer Lopez’s famous plunging Versace gown, while Stone came dressed in an outfit the pink Ralph Lauren number Gwyneth Paltrow had donned the previous year. The two later admitted they had taken LSD-laced sugar cubes before the show.

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Björk’s dress
> Year: 2001

Icelandic singer/songwriter Björk admitted that when she showed up in a tulle swan dress for the 2001 Oscars she wasn’t trying to fit in with the other high-fashion ensembles. She accomplished her goal. It landed an egg, so to speak, as it was named one of the worst Oscar dresses of all time.

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Adrian Brody’s enthusiastic kiss
> Year: 2003

You’d expect an actor winning his first Oscar would be excited. But after winning best actor for “The Pianist,” Adrian Brody grabbed and kissed presenter Halle Berry. Berry later said she was shocked by the kiss, but was too stunned to stop it. Many criticized Brody for crossing a line.

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Wardrobe switch
> Year: 2011

After watching James Franco’s and Anne Hathaway’s lackluster hosting gig at the 2011 Oscars, viewers should probably take back every nasty thing they said about Rob Lowe and Snow White. Even switching costumes (she in a tuxedo and he in a gown) couldn’t liven up their performances. While Hathaway admitted she was a bit over-excited in playing to the large crowd, Franco was, well, wooden.

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