We are very close to celebrating a new edition of the Oscars, a formal act that recognizes the excellence of professionals in the film industry, including actors, directors, and writers.
Although it is true that the ceremony is characterized by being full of glamour, formality and elegance, and presenting some of the most famous celebrities in Hollywood live and direct, during the history of the awards, unfortunate events have occurred, as well as events muggy, weird and dark.
For example, there is the gross mistake made in the 2017 edition, when the award for best film was awarded to “La La Land”, when the real winner was “Moonlight” by Barry Jenkins. A very awkward moment that went down in history.
There is also, of course, the iconic Will Smith slaps Chris Rockwho dared to make a joke about the baldness of Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Shortly after noticing his wife’s reaction, furious at what had happened, the King Richard star went up on stage and hit the comedian, in an act that silenced the entire audience.
Despite the aforementioned, there are those who believe that the 75th edition of the Oscars could easily win the prize for the most “creepy” of all. Because?
Oscars 2003, the most “creepy” gala in history
Rolling Stone reports that on March 23, 2003, during the ceremony held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, the man convicted of rape Harvey Weinstein he was at the height of his career.
His films received no more and no less than 46 nominations. Four of the five films in which she participated were included in the Best Picture category: “Gangs of New York”, “The Hours”, “Chicago” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”.
Although his participation in the first three was not as notorious, since he produced “Gangs of New York”, helped produce “The Hours” and distributed the musical “Chicago”, he was more influential in the launch of “El señor de The Rings: The Two Towers”, since he was the executive producer of the film and even threatened director Peter Jackson with firing him.
On that occasion, “Chicago” was the big winner of the night, taking six Oscars including Best Picture.
Frida, the biopic of artist Frida Kahlo starring Salma Hayek, won two awards. Some time later, the actress would write an article in The New York Times, referring to Weinstein as “my monster”claiming that he tried to sabotage Frida because she repeatedly refused his sexual advances.
She even claimed that he told her: “I’ll kill you, don’t think I can’t”and intimidated her into performing a sex scene in the film with full frontal nudity, which Weinstein denied.
Like her, more than 80 women accused Weinstein of rape. A New York jury sentenced him to 23 years in prisonwhile a California jury sentenced him to 16 years Behind bars. However, the presence of the accused rape It was not the only thing that overshadowed the gala.
When Michael Moore took home the Best Documentary Oscar for his film “Bowling for Columbine,” the filmmaker gave a fiery speech denouncing the then-president George W. Bush and his Iraq war.
“We live in a time where we have fictitious election results that elect a fictitious president. We live in a time when a man sends us to war for fictitious reasons.”he said that time.
The crowd proceeded to boo him to be removed from the stage and this prompted presenter Steve Martin to say: “The Teamsters are helping Michael Moore get into the trunk of his limo”.
was also Adrien Brody who, after becoming the youngest winner ever for Best Actor at 29 for “The Pianist,” kissed host Halle Berry. Later, the actress expressed her disgust at the incident.
Things do not end there, because there is also what happened with Roman Polanski. His film “The Pianist” received seven Oscar nominations. Yet all eyes on him were on the Best Director award, one that had so far eluded Polanski, who fled the US in 1978 after pleading guilty to “illegal sexual relations with a minor” for the rape of a 13-year-old girl.
To present the Oscar for Best Director, the Academy recruited the acclaimed Harrison Ford, who, reading Polanski’s name, smiled. The crowd, for its part, erupted with joy.
The camera panned to the audience and the likes of Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson and Harvey Weinstein gave the director a standing ovation.
Six years later, Hollywood circulated a petition signed by more than 100 actors, filmmakers and producers from around the world calling for the release of Polanski, who had been detained in Switzerland.
Following the #MeToo allegations, several women accused Polanski of raping them when they were minors: Renate Langer, a German actress who alleged that he sexually assaulted her in Gstaad in 1972, when she was 15; Marianne Barnard, American artist who said the producer i raped her in 1975 when she was 10 years old; and Valentine Monnier, a French actress who claimed that the screenwriter also raped her in Gstaad in 1975.
Polanski, for his part, denied all the allegations and, during a 2019 interview with French magazine Paris Match, blamed Weinstein for “interest” in his sexual assault case.
Who will be the presenters of the Oscars 2023?
Jimmy Kimmel has been invited to be in charge of initiating the presentation of the Oscar Awards 2023. Jessica Chastain, Ariana DeBose and Troy Kotsur will also present the statuettes to the winners.
Where and when are the 2023 Oscars held?
The Oscar Awards gala will take place next Sunday, March 12, at the Dolby Theater in the city of Los Angeles, California (United States).