The expectation of the 94th Oscar Awards ceremony continues, an event that promises new energy after a couple of editions marked by the pandemic. In an environment that feels more controlled, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gala returns to the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California.
Productions such as Belfast, CODA, Don’t Look Up, Drive My Car and nominated figures such as Will Smith, Benedict Cumberbatch, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Denzel Washington will shine in an event that has been postponed for a few weeks to allow for some stability in the face of the pandemic.
In 1975, director Bert Schneider received the award for Best Documentary for Hearts and Minds, a work on the war in the United States that was highly critical of the country’s foreign policy. Upon receiving his statuette, he thanked the communist government of Vietnam for the support received during the filming of the work, which sparked Frank Sinatra’s comment, who moments before had announced his triumph.
“It is not a place for political slogans,” the prominent singer told him. Meanwhile, Warren Beatty, who later took the stage to present another award – and a great friend of Schneider’s – lashed out at Sinatra by greeting him “Thank you very much, Frank, old Republican”, which created a tense atmosphere.
Certain groups of gay lesbian activists in the United States protested in 1992 against the nomination and subsequent victory of Jodie Foster. With her role in Silence of the Lambs, a film considered homophobic by denouncers, the actress unleashed fury, so much so that at the door of the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, in LA, banners were read in protest: “Jodie Foster: actress, screenwriter , producer, lesbian”, signed by the group of activists Queer Nation, at a time when Jodie had not declared anything about her orientation.
When Angelina Jolie won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2000, for her participation in the film Girl Interrupted, at the time of giving her thanks she said that she loved her brother James Haven, whom she kissed on the mouth on the carpet red causing the astonishment of the spectators.
“I am in shock, and so in love with my brother right now. He just hugged me and said that he loved me and I know that he is very happy for me.” Apparently the public did not understand the close form of affection between brothers.
In 2017, the most distant relatives of the Australian producer Jan Chapman got a big scare when they tuned in to the ceremony, because the photograph of the director appeared by mistake in the “In memoriam” section. And it is that the production used her portrait to illustrate the mention of the late costume designer Janet Patterson, of whom at least her name did appear in the frame. “I am devastated by the use of my image in the place of a great friend and collaborator,” Chapman said days later.
In that same year, Nicole Kidman gave something to talk about by clapping in a very peculiar way, using only the palm of her hands, a fact that caused confusion. The truth is that later the actress clarified that she was wearing a luxurious ring and did not want to lose it or spoil it: “I was wearing a huge ring that was not mine, but it was absolutely precious and the idea of damaging it terrified me,” she said after going viral for the done. “I’m glad to clear this up,” she explained amusedly. “It was really awkward and I was like, ‘God, I want to clap, I don’t want to not clap.’ It would be worse, right? They’d say, ‘Why doesn’t Nicole clap her hands?’”
An unprecedented moment occurred at the 89th gala, when Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announced that the winner for Best Picture was La la land. Those who took the stage were the producers of the film starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, but while they were celebrating, an announcement came that shook the world.
The production team notified that the winner was actually Moonlight, as there had been a mix-up with the sets of envelopes that contain the names of the winners of all categories.
“Guys, sorry, no, there is a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won the best movie…This is not a joke, I’m afraid you read the wrong card,” was heard before a perplexed audience. Later, the cast of the film starring African-American actors celebrated their confusing triumph.
In 2018 and while presenting the award for Best Director, Emma Stone decided to address one of the great problems of the Oscar Awards, the low production of films directed by women, which reflects an industry prone to machismo and abuse of power.
“He is the director whose indelible touch is reflected in every frame. It is the director who, shot by shot, scene by scene, day by day, works with each member of the team to promote the story. And it’s the director’s vision that takes an ordinary film and turns it into a work of art. These four men and Greta Gerwig created their own masterpieces this year,” he said then.