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YMMV: Academy Award
  • Award Snub: 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.
  • Broken Base: The reaction to Seth MacFarlane's 2013 hosting gig doesn't even begin to describe this.
    • James Franco and Anne Hathaway's 2011 ceremony hosting stint counts, as well.
    • The opening to the 1989 ceremony also.
    • The various Author Filibusters 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.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Seth MacFarlane's gig as host got this reaction, from the song "We Saw Your Boobs" to Ted's jokes about the "Jews control Hollywood" stereotype to a joke about Rihanna going back to Chris Brown.
    • His "joke" about John Wilkes Booth being the one who really got inside Lincoln's head.
    Seth: 150 years and it's still too soon.
    • When Life of Pi won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects, the people stepped on the podium to mention Rhythm & Hues going bankrupt. As they were getting into it, the Jaws theme started to play (a Running Gag for when speeches ran too long) and the microphone was cut off, which caused a lot of ire in the visual effects industry.
    • When Chris Rock hosted the 2004 ceremony, he joked about Jude Law being a low-rent Tom Cruise. Two hours later, Sean Penn made a defense that "Jude Law is one of our finest young actors".
  • Harsher in Hindsight: 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 Ricky Lake), a Grammy (Blair Underwood) and a Tony (Savion Glover).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: At the 1988 ceremony, when Sean Connery won for Best Supporting Actor in The Untouchables, one of the presenters was Nicolas Cage, who would star with him in The Rock.
    • Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington went up against each other twice in the Best Actor category, with Denzel actually beating Crowe in 2001 for Training Day in an upset (Crowe had been the frontrunner for A Beautiful Mind). Fittingly, Crowe and Washington had played enemies in films both before and after these ceremonies, in Virtuosity (where Denzel had to stop Crowe's antagonist), and later in American Gangster (with Crowe as the detective trying to bring in Denzel).
  • Memetic Mutation: Notable flubs tend to become memes due to the show's popularity, as John Travolta found out when he accidentally referred to Idina Menzel as "Adele Dazeem".
    • Sally Field's acceptance for Best Actress in 1984 ("You like me. You really like me!") which is more of a Beam Me Up, Scotty!.
  • Tear Jerker: Too many to count, but it is bound to happen every year given the highly heartwarming nature of the event.
    • Three words: IN. MEMORIAM. TRIBUTE. It doesn't it help that singers such as Queen Latifah, Esperanza Spalding, and Bette Midler have performed during or after the montage.
    • Judy Garland losing out the Best Actress prize to Grace Kelly in 1954. The media had portrayed as the former's ultimate comeback story, so her defeat was seen as particularly crushing.
  • What an Idiot: You have to wonder why anyone thought it would be a good idea for Travolta, who is dyslexic to read a teleprompter, let alone a hard to pronounce name like Idina Menzel.

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