* {{Anvilicious}}: The general opinion about actors making sociopolitical speeches at the Academy podium. The 2016 broadcast finally embraces this, as a result of the diversity issue.
* AwardSnub:
** There ''will'' be uproars when people feels that a winner in a certain category didn't deserve it the most.
** A more general complaint is that the Oscars rarely go to films which are technically innovative and artistically ambitious but rather are given to films which have sociopolitical sentimental and topical thrust.
** There's even one openly acknowledged one, when Jack Warner prevented Bette Davis from being nominated for ''Of Human Bondage'' in 1934. Ever since, the law firm Price Waterhouse has overseen the voting process to prevent this kind of thing.
* BrokenBase:
** The various {{Author Filibuster}}s throughout the years (Jane Fonda, Michael Moore, etc.) got mixed cheers and boos.
** David Letterman's hosting gig in 1995 which ranged from either good to horrible.
** Reactions to the times Chevy Chase hosted (or co-hosted, like in 1987) are incredibly mixed.
** Some people felt disappointed about Creator/NeilPatrickHarris's 2015 hosting gig considering that he hosted several award shows particularly the Tonys' in which he even won an Emmy for it. Some still find his hosting as SoOkayItsAverage but blame the ceremony's writers for the blandness of the script.
* ConsolationAward:
** How the Lifetime Achievement Award is usually seen as, it has honored many actors, writers, musicians, and directors who had experienced AwardSnub (including Creator/AlfredHitchcock, Creator/CaryGrant, Creator/ErnstLubitsch). Creator/RobertAltman hung a positive {{Lampshade}} on this when accepting the award saying that he felt it more fitting to win for a whole body of work, than a single work or two.
** Some of the competitive awards are also seen at times to reward prior roles rather than the film in question. The case of Creator/MartinScorsese winning for ''Film/TheDeparted'' and Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio winning for ''Film/TheRevenant'' are recent examples, but other instances include Creator/HenryFonda finally winning an Oscar for ''On Golden Pond'' after five decades of critically acclaimed work with several great film-makers.
* HarsherInHindsight: A bunch of young and upcoming Hollywood actors performed the "I Wanna Be An Oscar Winner" at the 1989 ceremony. Sadly, none of them won an Oscar to this day. But few of them did have successful careers in TV and theater and won Emmys (Chad Lowe and Ricki Lake), a Grammy (Blair Underwood) and a Tony (Savion Glover).
* HilariousInHindsight:
** At the 1988 ceremony, when Creator/SeanConnery won for Best Supporting Actor in ''Film/TheUntouchables'', one of the presenters was Creator/NicolasCage, who would star with him in ''Film/TheRock''.
** Creator/RussellCrowe and Creator/DenzelWashington went up against each other twice in the Best Actor category, with Denzel actually ''beating'' Crowe in 2001 for ''Film/TrainingDay'' in an upset (Crowe had been the frontrunner for ''Film/ABeautifulMind''). Fittingly, Crowe and Washington had played enemies in films both before and after these ceremonies, in ''Film/{{Virtuosity}}'' (where Denzel had to stop Crowe's antagonist), and later in ''Film/AmericanGangster'' (with Crowe as the detective trying to bring in Denzel).
* InternetBackdraft: The 2015 and especially the 2016 ceremonies faced immense criticism for the lack of diverse (especially African-American) nominees. Eventually faced with a losing PR battle and severe public backlash, the Academy announced the implementation of policies designed to bring in more diverse voices.
* MemeticMutation:
** Notable flubs tend to become memes due to the show's popularity, as Creator/JohnTravolta found out when he accidentally referred to IdinaMenzel as "Adele Dazeem".
** Sally Field's acceptance for Best Actress in 1984 ("You like me. You really like me!") which is more of a BeamMeUpScotty.
** The 2015 Awards got one in the announcement of the nominees, with the cinematographer for ''Mr. Turner'' Dick Pope's name being mispronounced as "Dick Poop."
** Jokes about Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio [[AwardSnub not winning an Oscar]] would always appear during awards season. That is until '''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome he finally won]]''' it in 2016 for the ''Film/TheRevenant''!
* NarmCharm: The ceremony itself (particularly many of the musical numbers).
* OvershadowedByAwesome
** This can happen all the time at the Oscars. For example, ''Amadeus''[='=]s 1985 Oscar sweep is overshadowed today by Sally Field's famous speech.
** ''Film/CitizenKane'' is an inversion, it's remembered for the fact that the film lost Best Picture and Best Director rather than winning Best Screenplay (which went to both Creator/OrsonWelles and Herman J. Mankiewicz). Many people erroneously claim that Welles never won a competitive Oscar because they remember the famous snubs for the film later regarded as "the best ever made".
** One of the reasons that Holly Hunter's Best Actress victory in ''Film/ThePiano'' in 1994 has been forgotten over time is because Anna Paquin's win for Best Supporting Actress is the one people remember.
** And the 2002 Oscars are remembered more for Halle Berry's historic victory rather than ''A Beautiful Mind'' dominating.
** ''The Departed'' in 2007: Martin Scorsese's Best Director victory tends to be more recalled than the film itself winning Best Picture.
** ''Film/{{Spotlight}}'' was in anything but its title during the 2016 ceremony, as while some considered that the film winning Best Picture was an upset, all everyone was talking about was one Leonardo [=DiCaprio=] ''finally'' winning his first Oscar, the OutOfTheGhetto ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' becoming the film with the most wins (with six), and to a lesser extent, Lady Gaga's performance.
* PanderingToTheBase: After two years in a row in 2015 and 2016 where all twenty nominated actors were white, resulting in serious calls for non-white actors to boycott the awards entirely, the Academy board began a serious re-evaluation of their nominating process based around getting non-white creators an equal consideration. They also gave their full support to Chris Rock substantially re-writing his material as host to reference the controversy.
* TearJerker:
** The ''In Memoriam'' montage, which features actors who have died that year, making it a rare real life example of a ReallyDeadMontage. It doesn't it help that singers such as Queen Latifah, Esperanza Spalding, and Bette Midler have performed during or after the montage.
** Creator/JudyGarland losing out the Best Actress prize to Creator/GraceKelly in 1954. The media had portrayed as the former's ultimate comeback story, so her defeat was seen as particularly crushing.
* UncertainAudience: A problem with the Academy Awards in general, especially in recent times where few people, as acknowledged in a Chris Rock segment in the 2016 show, are even ''aware'' of the films being nominated. On one hand, the Academy isn't entirely committed to independent, serious, arthouse films (as evidenced by the constant AwardSnub) but on the other hand it's not committed to the blockbuster films that comprise most of Hollywood productions and make most of the money for the studios. The categories once comprised of films that people had seen and talked about, but these days the joke is that most recent Best Picture winners (barring ''Film/TheDeparted'') are forgettable and disposable OscarBait.
* VindicatedByHistory: In his day and afterwards, Creator/MarlonBrando was criticized for rejecting the Oscar for ''Film/TheGodfather'' and sending Sacheen Littlefeather to the podium and denounce the Academy for their depictions of Native Americans. In the wake of the "[[EngineeredHashtag Oscars So White]]" controversy, it's seen more positively.
* WhatAnIdiot: You have to wonder why anyone thought it would be a good idea to have John Travolta (who is dyslexic) read a teleprompter, let alone a hard-to-pronounce name like Idina Menzel.