From the La La Land-Moonlight mix to the ‘OscarSoWhite’ movement; know the main controversies of the Oscars


New Delhi | Jagran entertainment desk: The 2022 Oscars are in the news for many reasons. Besides the winners, his main highlight was when Will Smith hit actor Chris Rock after making a joke about his wife Jada. After Smith punched Rock in the face at the 94th Academy Awards, people around the world are still stunned by the incident. But this isn’t the first time the Oscars have been part of the controversy.

In 2017, the Best Picture award was mistakenly awarded to La La Land, and later it was revealed that the winner was actually Moonlight. The announcers, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, accidentally received the wrong envelope when announcing the winners.

La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, is a romantic musical film written and directed by Damien Chazelle. The film won six Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score. Moonlight is a coming-of-age drama written and directed by Barry Jenkins. The film won three awards, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor.

In 2019, there was no host at the Oscars for the first time in 30 years. Comedian and actor Kevin Hart has been asked to stop hosting after his series of homophobic tweets resurfaced on the internet. Presenting duties at the 91st Academy Awards were shared between 13 stars, including Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Brie Larson, Daniel Craig and Jennifer Lopez.

In 2015, there was not a single black actor nomination for the Oscars. This led to the #OscarsSoWhite movement on social media. It happened again in 2016, and many actors, including Will Smith, George Clooney and Reese Witherspoon, expressed their disappointment with the nominations. Many celebrities also boycotted the awards. Chris Rock was the host that year, and he gave a 10-minute speech expressing his frustration with the nominations.

Posted by: Simran Srivastava


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