The 6 most dramatic Oscar moments in history
As much as we love to see celebrities supporting each other, there’s also something pretty awesome about seeing celebrities get feisty.
Call us drama queens, but our favorite part about award shows like The Oscars is the shade. Sure, this year Nicki Minaj won’t be there asking, “Miley, what’s good,” but there have still been some pretty shady moments in the history of the Oscars.
We strolled down memory lane to recount our six favorites.
1. Zendaya Doesn’t Smell Like Weed: 2015
One of the shadiest recent moments at the Oscars revolved around Zendaya’s choice to wear her hair in dreadlocks to complete her stunning look last year. But E! News staple Giuliana Rancic was apparently not a fan.
On Fashion Police the following Monday, Rancic suggested that Zendaya “smells like patchouli oil and weed.” Although Rancic later apologized via Twitter, Zendaya posted a powerful response on Instagram in light of the incident (see below). Zendaya clearly did not let Rancic’s comment get to her, as she chose to rock an even more statement worthy hairstyle to The Grammys this year.
2. Lupita’s Missing Dress: 2015
At last year’s Oscars, Lupita Nyong’o showed up in a beautiful Calvin Klien dress, complete with pearl embellishments. Unfortunately, later that night that same dress was stolen from her hotel room. The thief assumed that the dress was worth $150,000 due to the hundreds of pearls sewn on. However, when the thief took two pearls off to be appraised in LA’s Garment District, he found that they were completely fake. Not having any more use for the dress, the thief managed to return the dress to the hotel, where it was left under a sink in a second floor bathroom.
3. Marlon Brando Declines His Oscar: 1978
Leo’s over here begging for an Oscar, while Marlon Brando apparently couldn’t care less. When Brando was nominated for his performance as Vito Corleone in The Godfather, he decided not to show up to The Oscars. When he won, he sent Native American civil rights activist Sacheen Littlefeather to the stage instead. Sacheen explained to a very confused audience that Brando was rejecting the award due to the “treatment of American Indians today by the film industry.”
4. John Travolta Mispronounces Idina Menzel
You’d think that The Oscars would phonetically spell out the names of guests so that the pronouncers don’t look like total assholes. But they don’t, and that’s why John Travolta completely botched Idina Menzel’s name while presenting at the 2014 Oscars, calling her “Adele Dazeem.” He later attributed this mistake to the fact that he was not given the usual 15 minute warning before stage time, and the fact that Goldie Hawn’s sexiness was distracting him. However, Idina Menzel got her revenge when she mispronounced John Travolta’s name at the 2015 Grammys.
5. Marisa Tomei’s Surprise Win: 1993
People were not expecting Marisa Tomei to win an Oscar for her performance in My Cousin Vinny. Perhaps it was because she was competing against Judy Davis, Vanessa Redgrave, and Miranda Richardson. Or perhaps she just didn’t have a standout performance. Either way, when her name was read from the teleprompter, many people thought it was a mistake. So many people, that the Academy had to confirm with the audience that it was a legitimate win for Tomei.
6. Hilary Swank Forgets Her Husband: 1999
It seems that when giving a thank you speech, actors and actresses never have enough time before the music starts playing. It’s tough to remember everyone that you need to thank, right? When Hilary Swank won Best Actress for her work in Boys Don’t Cry, she forgot to thank her husband, Chad Lowe. Perhaps it was foreshadowing, because the couple divorced in 2006. But not everybody has forgotten about Chad Lowe. When Lena Dunham received a Golden Globe for Girls, she mentioned the incident, saying, “I also promised myself that if I ever got this chance, I would thank Chad Lowe.” In fact, Hilary is not the only star who forgot to mention her spouse and then later go through a divorce… maybe it’s a curse!