8 Unbelievable Moments That Have Made Oscars History (VIDEOS)

ellen degeneres oscars selfieIf there's one thing we can always count on the Oscars to provide, it's controversy: From on-stage slips to wardrobe malfunctions to teleprompter fails and so much more, real Academy Award junkies know the whole point of the ceremony isn't the accolades, it's the unscripted (often-cringeworthy) surprises!


There are only a few more days to go until we find out what kind of crazy antics might go down in 2016, but in the meantime, we can always reminisce about the most jaw-dropping moments of years past! 

Here are some of our favorites:

1. John Travolta Butchers Idina Menzel's Name

All this time after the 2015 Oscars, we still have one major question for John Travolta: Who the hell is Adele Dazeem?!

2. James Franco & Anne Hathaway Are the Most Uncomfortable Oscars Hosts Ever

Nothing awkward about these two! Nope. Imagine an enthusiastic, overachieving theatre major desperately trying to get her underwhelmed partner to participate in a scene study class -- for hours -- and you'll get the idea.

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3. Sean Penn Makes a Racist Comment

All Sean Penn had to do was present the Best Picture award to Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarrito for Birdman at the 2015 Oscars. That was all he had to do! He definitely did not have to drop the most offensive comment of the night in the process: "Who gave this son of a b**ch his green card?" UGH.

4. Ellen DeGeneres Takes the Most Epic Selfie Ever

Just how epic was the selfie host Ellen took with some of her most famous audience members in 2014? It pretty much broke Twitter. With good reason!

5. Angelina Jolie Makes Out With Her Brother

Okay, Angie didn't exactly make out with her brother James when she won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Girl, Interrupted in 2000. But their display of sibling love was still too much for some.

6. David Letterman Infamously Introduces Uma Thurman and Oprah Winfrey

Widely regarded as the moment that made certain David Letterman would never be asked to host the Oscars again, his notorious "Uma/Oprah" bit is still uncomfortable to watch over 10 years later!

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7. Tom Hanks Accidentally Outs His High School Drama Teacher

When Hanks won the Best Actor statue for Philadelphia in 1994, he graciously thanked "two of the finest gay Americans, wonderful men whom I had the good fortune to be associated with and fall under their inspiration at such a young age." Super nice, right? Except one of those men, his high school drama teacher, hadn't yet come out. Whoooooops.

8. Marlon Brando Boycotts the Oscars 

This year isn't the first time celebs (or a celeb) decided to boycott the Academy Awards over racism in the industry; in 1973, Brando protested Hollywood's portrayal of Native Americans in film by sending Native American actress Sacheen Littlefeather to accept his prize for The Godfather.

Let the countdown to this year begin!!


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