The most iconic Oscars moments EVER: From naked stage invasions to awkward kisses and THAT slap – a look at the show’s shocking scenes
The 95th Academy Awards are set to take place on Sunday after three months of build up with various other awards shows.
Since their launch in 1929, the Oscars has been deemed the most prestigious award to win, with millions tuning in around the world to watch the ceremony.
Last year, Will Smith left the word reeling after dramatically storming on stage and slapping host Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife Jada’s bald head.
Yet from surprise smooches to streakers and of course THAT slap, the Academy Awards never fails to raise eyebrows.
Ahead of Sunday night’s ceremony MailOnline takes a look back at the most iconic moments in Oscars history.
The most iconic Oscars moments ever: The audience were shocked into silence at the 2017 ceremony when the wrong film was named for Best Picture
A Moonlight mix up – 2017
The audience were shocked into silence at the 2017 ceremony when the wrong film was named for Best Picture.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had been handed the wrong results card and incorrectly announced La La Land as the winner rather than Moonlight.
In incredibly awkward scenes, the cast and crew of La La Land were halfway through their speech when they realised the mistake and they were forced to hand over their statuettes and leave the stage.
Glenn Close gets into the groove – 2021
The 2021 ceremony was a more scaled back affair due to the pandemic, with the awards show taking place later in the year and in another venue.
Yet Glenn Close made the most of the new space when she twerked for the cameras.
As DJ Questlove played the track Da Butt she was quick to jump to her feet and declare her love for the song before showing off her moves.
2021: She failed to win an Academy Award but Glenn Close ended up owning the Oscars anyway when she began twerking
The slap that was heard around the world – 2022
Perhaps the most shocking moment in Oscars history came last year when Will Smith stormed the stage and slapped Chris Rock.
It happened after Chris had poked fun at Will’s wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, referring to her as GI Jane due to her buzzcut, seemingly not knowing she suffered from alopecia.
While Will was allowed to stay at the ceremony, and later in the evening picked up a Best Actor Oscar for King Richard, he was subsequently banned from attending any Academy events for 10 years.
Chris opted not to press charges with the police but joked in his Netflix comedy special that he could ‘still feel’ the pain a year on.
2022: Perhaps the most shocking moment in Oscars history came last year when Will Smith stormed the stage and slapped Chris Rock
Adrien Brody gets overexcited – 2003
A controversial moment in Oscars history came in 2003 when Adrien Brody puckered up to an unsuspecting Halle Berry.
Adrien had been awarded Best Actor for The Pianist and pulled presenter Halle in for an embrace before bending her backwards and planting a big kiss on her.
The moment had been unplanned and prompted Adrien to quip: ‘I bet they didn’t tell you that was in the gift bag.’
A stunned Halle was seen wiping her lips on stage and later revealed that the kiss itself was ‘wet’.
2003: A controversial moment in Oscars history came when Adrien Brody puckered up to an unsuspecting Halle Berry
Jack Palance does a workout – 1992
While many stars are hit with a rush of nervous energy at the Oscars, Jack Palance put his to good use in 1992.
The veteran performer won Best Supporting Actor for City Slickers and despite being 73 years old he leapt to the floor and performed a series of one-armed push-ups on the stage.
Jack had begun his speech by explaining that the film’s producers had been worried about casting him due to his age.
Talking about how he convinced him that he was fit enough to work he ran away from the podium and showed off his party trick.
1992: While many stars are hit with a rush of nervous energy at the Oscars, Jack Palance put his to good use in 2002 as he performed one-handed press ups
Jennifer Lawrence falls with grace – 2013
Jennifer Lawrence was left with her head in her hands when she tripped over while accepting Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook in 2013.
It was her first Oscar and in her rush to get onto the stage she ended up falling on the stairs, prompting a shocked Bradley Cooper and Hugh Jackman to run to her aide.
During her acceptance speech, Jennifer admitted she felt embarrassed by the mishap and later said her brain went blank after she fell.
2013: Jennifer Lawrence was left with her head in her hands when she tripped over while accepting Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook in 2013
A streaker storms the stage – 1974
In 1974, gay rights activist Robert Opel shocked the world by storming the Oscars stage completely naked.
He was able to sneak backstage by pretending to be a journalist before stripping off and running nude past a stunned David Niven, who was introducing Elizabeth Taylor.
The presenter burst into laughter as he watched the chaos unfurl, quipping: ‘Well, ladies and gentlemen, that was almost bound to happen.’
He added that it was probably the only laugh that the streaker would get in life and it was by showing off his ‘shortcomings.’
1974: American photographer and gay rights activist Robert Opel shocked the world by storming the Oscars stage completely naked
Marlon Brando makes a statement – 1973
Marlon Brando caused Academy outrage in 1973 when he refused to attend the ceremony and sent Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather to decline the award on his behalf.
After Marlon won Best Actor for The Godfather, Littlefeather took to the stage in full Apache dress and read out a letter from Marlon in which he said he would not accept the award in protest against Hollywood’s depiction of Native Americans.
Her brief speech – which was limited to just 60 seconds – was booed by the audience and the Academy later apologised to her for the abuse she endured.
Littlefeather passed away in 2022 and in a bizarre twist her siblings came forward after to state that she had been lying about being of Native American heritage and her biological father was in fact Mexican.
1973: Marlon Brando caused Academy outrage when he sent Californian Apache Sacheen Littlefeather to decline the Best Actor award he’d just won for his iconic role in The Godfather
John Travolta confuses the audience – 2014
John Travolta left fans cringing when he made an epic blunder introducing musical theatre star Idina Menzel in 2014.
As Idina took to the stage to perform, a flustered John described her as the ‘one and only Adele Dazeem’, prompting a few strange glances from the audience.
Broadway icon Idina later admitted she was devastated by the mix up, convinced the moment had messed up her ‘big break.’
Yet she’s since been able to see the funny side and revealed John was so devastated by his error that he sent flowers and several apologetic emails.
2014: John Travolta left fans cringing after a spectacular name fail while introducing musical theatre star Idina Menzel – calling her ‘Adele Dazeem’
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper get intimate – 2019
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s electrifying chemistry sent viewers into a frenzy during the 2019 ceremony.
The A Star Is Born co-stars took to the stage to perform a duet of their hit song Shallow and gazed intensely into each other’s eyes throughout.
While Lady Gaga was newly single at the time, Bradley’s then girlfriend Irina Shayk – who he split from later that year – watched on in the audience.
Shocked viewers tweeted that the pair should ‘get a room’ but Gaga later admitted she was confused by all the attention saying ‘as performers of course we wanted people to believe we were in love’.
2019: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s electrifying chemistry sent viewers into a frenzy when they performed
Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn make Oscars history – 1969
For the first time in Oscars history the Best Actress award was given to two winners in 1969.
Both Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn received exactly 3,030 votes and were each awarded an Oscar.
Barbra won for her film debut in Funny Girl and quoted the film by saying ‘hello gorgeous’ to her Oscar before saying she was ‘honoured’ to be in such magnificent company as Katharine Hepburn.
Katharine won her Oscar for The Lion in Winter but didn’t attend the ceremony, leaving Barbra to enjoy her moment in the spotlight.
1969: Barbra Streisand (pictured) and Katharine Hepburn both received exactly 3,030 votes, meaning they tied for Best Actress
Ellen DeGeneres breaks the internet – 2014
Ellen DeGeneres took the mother of all selfies when she hosted the awards in 2014, strolling into the audience mid-show and asking stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Meryl Streep to pose for a pic.
The moment was partially improvised, with the host originally planning on just taking a snap with Meryl before Bradley grabbed the camera.
Ellen tweeted the picture shortly afterwards and it received more than a million retweets within the hour causing Twitter to temporarily crash.
It broke records at the time as being the most retweeted post ever and eight years on stands in fifth place with more than 2.8 million retweets.
2014: Ellen DeGeneres took the mother of all selfies when she hosted the awards, strolling into the audience mid-show and asking stars to pose for a pic
Stacey Dash ruffles feathers – 2016
The audience at the 2016 Oscars were left horrified when outspoken Republican Stacey Dash appeared in a skit about race relations.
The ceremony had been overshadowed by the Oscars So White movement – a reference to the fact that for the second year in a row, all 20 actors nominated in the lead and supporting categories had been white.
Oscars host Chris Rock poked fun at the scandal joking that the Academy had launched a minority outreach program run by Stacey, who then appeared on stage and said she couldn’t wait to help her people out and wished everyone a happy Black History Month.
The audience were not impressed by the joke, as Stacey has been outspokenly critical of Black History Month and previously called the #OscarsSoWhite boycott ‘ludicrous.’
2016: The audience were left horrified when outspoken Republican Stacey Dash appeared in a skit about race relations
This year’s Oscars will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday night with Jimmy Kimmel returning to host the show for a third time.
Everything Everywhere All at Once and The Banshees of Inisherin lead this year’s nominations while Top Gun: Maverick has also managed to score several nods.
Viewers in the US can catch the show on ABC at at 8 p.m. ET or 5.p.m PT.
In the UK it will be aired on Sky Cinema Oscars at 1am on Monday and will also be available on NOW TV.
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