Every year the Academy Awards make headlines for varied reasons. Last year, actor Will Smith slapped actor-comedian Chris Rock on stage and made headlines. It was a break from the typically ultra-curated and rehearsed ceremony of Hollywood, but it wasn’t the first time that things went wrong at the Oscars. Over the years, the Academy Awards have been embroiled in several controversies, and here’s a look at some of them.
Will Smith slaps Chris Rock | Chris Rock told a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, which appeared to offend her, and moments later Will walked up to the stage and slapped Rock in the face. He also yelled profanities at Rock after returning to his seat. After the incident, Will won the Best Actor in a leading role award. This event was so scandalous that the media speculated Will Smith’s award would be taken back. (Image: Twitter)
Adrien Brody kissing Halle Berry | At the 2003 Oscars, actress Halle Berry presented the award for Best Actor to Adrien Brody for his role in The Pianist. As the actor came to the stage, he went for a passionate kiss with Berry which was later confirmed to be unplanned and unexpected for Berry. She later said she just went along with it. (Image: Pinterest)