Oscar Controversies

Show Notes

This week on Three Fates Decide, we discuss various Oscar controversies over the years. We take a look at the controversy surrounding Will Smith and Chris Rock and dive into other past shocking moments at the famous annual Hollywood event. Tune in to see what the Three Fates Decide!

  • The Oscars
  • Will Smith/Chris Rock/Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Richard Williams
  • Marlon Brando
  • George C. Scott
  • Matt Stone & Trey Parker
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Broke Back Mountain
  • Crash
  • Roma
  • Bradley Cooper
  • My Cousin Vinny
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Life is Beautiful
  • Driving with Daisy
  • Do the Right Thing

Which of these Oscar controversies surprised you the most? Did we miss out on any other controversies? Let us know!

Key Points

  • The Oscars are no stranger to controversy, and this year was no different. Will Smith was nominated for Best Leading Actor, but unfortunately, he was also banned from the Oscars for ten years after slapping Chris Rock across the face on live TV.
  • The recent incident involving Will Smith and actress Jada Pinkett-Smith has caused many to question the state of their marriage.
  • When Marlon Brando won an Oscar for his role in “The Godfather,” he chose to send a Native American activist in his place to protest Hollywood’s treatment of Native Americans. This caused John Wayne to try and attack the activist.
  • In 2000, Matt Stone and Trey Parker decided to dress like Jlo and Gwyneth Paltrow, but they were on acid at the time.
  • Will Smith was slapped by a comedian during an awards show. The comedian, Chris Rock, was shaken up but handled the situation professionally. Will Smith is losing work as a result of the incident.
  • The fact that Roman Polanski won best director despite pleading guilty to statutory rape shows that the Academy is willing to overlook criminal behavior if the person is talented.


  • “All I can say is that if there was ever a year where, um, no people of color got nominated for anything, that just says a lot more about the industry, um, and the academy itself, more than anything. Because it just tells you, as an outsider tells us as outsiders that, uh, maybe studios should have been green lighting and casting a, ah, wider net of talent in the talent pool. Uh, if that’s what’s happening here, because it’s like you were just kind of saying, how is it possible that not even
  •  “So it’s like, why are you people using those as like the example of how, you know, westerns should be I mean, it’s like you guys don’t pretend like there weren’t black cowboys when there were totally black cowboys. It’s a historical fact. Same thing with like there were Mexican and American people out in the west who were cowboys as well. And yet you don’t see that very much in a lot of those movies, too. So again, why are you basing, you know, those Hollywood movies as like the the gold standard, if
  •  “The problem is he was ready to accept a plea bargain because, uh, he was behind bars, and he found out that he had been behind bars. He found out that the judge wasn’t willing to accept the plea agreement, so he left. This was during the Me too movement. All, uh, the Academy did was expel him. But he still gets to keep his Oscar. Disgusting. Disgusting.”‚Äč

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