YMMV / Academy Award

  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Broken Base:
    • 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.
    • Reactions to the times Chevy Chase hosted (or co-hosted, like in 1987) are incredibly mixed.
    • Some people felt disappointed about Neil Patrick Harris'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 So Okay, It's Average but blame the ceremony's writers for the blandness of the script.
  • Consolation Award:
    • How the Lifetime Achievement Award is usually seen as, it has honored many actors, writers, musicians, and directors who had experienced Award Snub (including Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Ernst Lubitsch). Robert Altman 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 Martin Scorsese winning for The Departed and Leonardo DiCaprio winning for The Revenant are recent examples, but other instances include Henry Fonda finally winning an Oscar for On Golden Pond after five decades of critically acclaimed work with several great film-makers.
  • 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 Ricki Lake), a Grammy (Blair Underwood) and a Tony (Savion Glover).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Internet Backdraft: 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.
  • 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!.
    • 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 Leonardo DiCaprio not winning an Oscar would always appear during awards season. That is until he finally won it in 2016 for the The Revenant!
  • Narm Charm: The ceremony itself (particularly many of the musical numbers).
  • Overshadowed by Awesome
    • 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.
    • Citizen Kane 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 Orson Welles 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 The Piano 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.
    • 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 Out of the Ghetto Mad Max: Fury Road becoming the film with the most wins (with six), and to a lesser extent, Lady Gaga's performance.
  • Pandering to the Base: 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.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The In Memoriam montage, which features actors who have died that year, making it a rare real life example of a Really Dead Montage. 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.
  • Uncertain Audience: 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 Award Snub) 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 The Departed) are forgettable and disposable Oscar Bait.
  • Vindicated by History: In his day and afterwards, Marlon Brando was criticized for rejecting the Oscar for The Godfather and sending Sacheen Littlefeather to the podium and denounce the Academy for their depictions of Native Americans. In the wake of the "Oscars So White" controversy, it's seen more positively.
  • What an Idiot: 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.
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