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** 2022 was contentious even before the ceremonies happened, because eight categories were removed from the main broadcast, under heavy pressure from Creator/{{ABC}}. Then the Creator/WillSmith[=/=]Creator/ChrisRock slapping incident, followed by Smith winning Best Actor and giving an emotionally-charged acceptance speech, dominated discussion and media coverage of the ceremony. The footage of the slap went viral on social media, with memes about it spreading everywhere. Overnight it went from a discussion on celebrities fighting to a discussion on toxic masculinity, fidelity, and race, with various celebrities and social media split on which side to support. Because of this, Smith voluntarily resigned from his Academy membership, and in turn, the Academy banned him from attending future Oscars ceremonies and related events for 10 years. At the end of July 2022, [[https://deadline.com/2022/07/will-smith-breaks-silence-deeply-remorseful-for-oscar-slap-1235081101/ Smith also posted a video]] on his Youtube channel, issuing an apology to Rock and feeling remorse for his actions.

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** 2022 was contentious even before the ceremonies happened, because eight categories were removed from the main broadcast, under heavy pressure from Creator/{{ABC}}. Then the Creator/WillSmith[=/=]Creator/ChrisRock slapping incident, followed by Smith winning Best Actor and giving an emotionally-charged acceptance speech, dominated discussion and media coverage of the ceremony. The footage of the slap went viral on social media, with memes about it spreading everywhere. Overnight it went from a discussion on celebrities fighting to a discussion on toxic masculinity, fidelity, and race, with various celebrities and social media split on which side to support. Because of this, Smith voluntarily resigned from his Academy membership, and in turn, [[PersonaNonGrata the Academy banned him from attending future Oscars ceremonies and related events for 10 years.years]]. At the end of July 2022, [[https://deadline.com/2022/07/will-smith-breaks-silence-deeply-remorseful-for-oscar-slap-1235081101/ Smith also posted a video]] on his Youtube channel, issuing an apology to Rock and feeling remorse for his actions.


** In 2020, James Corden and Rebel Wilson presented the Best Visual Effects award in cheap cat costumes, acknowledging the importance of ''good'' visual effects on a film's success (criteria which [[Film/{{Cats}} a certain movie they starred in]] didn't exactly satisfy).[[note]]They in fact "won" Worst Supporting Actor and Actress respectively at the UsefulNotes/{{Golden Raspberry Award}}s the night before.[[/note]] Notoriously, this didn't go over well with actual [=VFX=] artists, who saw the joke as unfair to those who had worked on the film (under poor conditions to boot).

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** In 2020, James Corden and Rebel Wilson presented the Best Visual Effects award in cheap cat costumes, acknowledging the importance of ''good'' visual effects on a film's success (criteria which [[Film/{{Cats}} a certain movie they starred in]] didn't exactly satisfy).[[note]]They in fact "won" would "win" Worst Supporting Actor and Actress respectively at the UsefulNotes/{{Golden Raspberry Award}}s the night before.next month.[[/note]] Notoriously, this didn't go over well with actual [=VFX=] artists, who saw the joke as unfair to those who had worked on the film (under poor conditions to boot).


In addition to (of course) the presentation of the eponymous awards themselves, the ceremony typically features a mix of comedy bits, musical numbers (including, traditionally, performances of the nominees for Best Original Song), and other feature segments (including, since 1993, an "{{in memoriam}}" segment featuring a montage of notable figures in film who died during the past year). The ceremony is known for being CarriedByTheHost, often relying on an actor or personality with a comedy background: Creator/BillyCrystal and Creator/BobHope have been well-known hosts in the past, with Hope in particular having hosted a record 19 times. The ceremony's producers have experimented with other hosting arrangements as well, such as having multiple hosts in a group, or having presenters rotated throughout rather than one or more definitive hosts.

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In addition to (of course) the presentation of the eponymous awards themselves, the ceremony typically features a mix of comedy bits, musical numbers (including, traditionally, performances of the nominees for Best Original Song), and other feature segments (including, since 1993, an "{{in memoriam}}" [[ObituaryMontage "in memoriam"]] segment featuring a montage of notable figures in film who died during the past year). The ceremony is known for being CarriedByTheHost, often relying on an actor or personality with a comedy background: Creator/BillyCrystal and Creator/BobHope have been well-known hosts in the past, with Hope in particular having hosted a record 19 times. The ceremony's producers have experimented with other hosting arrangements as well, such as having multiple hosts in a group, or having presenters rotated throughout rather than one or more definitive hosts.



** The "InMemoriam" montage, honoring film notables who died in the previous year, has only been an annual part of the show since 1994.

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** The "InMemoriam" montage, honoring film notables who died in the previous year, ObituaryMontage has only been an annual part of the show since 1994.

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** Creator/AnnaPaquin, all of 11 years old, was so stunned to have won for ''Film/ThePiano'' that she stood at the podium for what felt like over a minute just staring like a deer in the headlights, before stammering through an acceptance speech. Most felt that Paquin's age negated her chances, as giving Oscars to child actors is quite rare (though not unheard of, even at the time).


*** The online votes, expected to be dominated by ''Film/SpiderManNoWayHome'' (not coincidentally a Disney-backed film, given they own ABC) were swarmed by particularly aggressive fandoms, leading to the top three films being ''Minamata'' (Creator/JohnnyDepp; the film had only screened in a few cities so it was assumed most fans hadn't actually seen it), ''Film/Cinderella2021'' (Camila Cabello), and ''Film/ArmyOfTheDead'' (Creator/ZackSnyder). The reveal of the "Cheer Moment" as "The Flash Enters the Speed Force" in ''Film/ZackSnydersJusticeLeague'' was greeted with stony silence by the live audience.
*** Industry people and fans alike criticized the diminishment of the technical awards, calling it an insult to the often overlooked people working behind the scenes, and denounced it as the Academy's JumpingTheShark moment. Similarly, having the Animated Feature award introduced by several Disney performers enforcing the AnimationAgeGhetto (in the year ''WesternAnimation/{{Flee}}'' was nominated!) was seen as insulting to those who work on adult-oriented productions, and many jokes made by the hosts at the expense of the actual Best Picture nominees (commonly for presumably being boring and overlong) were seen was demeaning. Even though these tactics ironically ended up ''improving'' the show's ratings (albeit slightly), time will tell as to how much damage they cause to the Academy's reputation as a whole.

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*** The online votes, expected to be dominated by ''Film/SpiderManNoWayHome'' (not coincidentally a Disney-backed film, given they own ABC) were swarmed by particularly aggressive fandoms, leading to the top three films being ''Minamata'' (Creator/JohnnyDepp; the film had only screened in a few cities so it was assumed most fans hadn't actually seen it), ''Film/Cinderella2021'' (Camila Cabello), (Music/CamilaCabello), and ''Film/ArmyOfTheDead'' (Creator/ZackSnyder). The reveal of the "Cheer Moment" as "The Flash Enters the Speed Force" in ''Film/ZackSnydersJusticeLeague'' was greeted with stony silence by the live audience.
*** Industry people and fans alike criticized the diminishment of the technical awards, calling it an insult to the often overlooked people working behind the scenes, and denounced it as the Academy's JumpingTheShark moment. Similarly, having the Animated Feature award introduced by several Disney performers enforcing the AnimationAgeGhetto (in the year ''WesternAnimation/{{Flee}}'' was nominated!) was seen as insulting to those who work on adult-oriented productions, and many jokes made by the hosts at the expense of the actual Best Picture nominees (commonly for presumably being boring and overlong) were seen was demeaning. Even though these tactics ironically ended up ''improving'' the show's ratings (albeit slightly), time will tell as to how much damage they cause to the Academy's reputation as a whole. To the point the Academy backed out and decided to broadcast all categories again in 2023.


** The 88th Academy Awards ceremony had the Best Animated Short Film award being presented by [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe a trio of Minions]] and the Best Animated Feature Film award being presented by [[Franchise/ToyStory Woody and Buzz Lightyear]].

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** The 88th Academy Awards ceremony had the Best Animated Short Film award being presented by [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe [[Franchise/DespicableMe a trio of Minions]] and the Best Animated Feature Film award being presented by [[Franchise/ToyStory Woody and Buzz Lightyear]].


In addition to (of course) the presentation of the eponymous awards themselves, the ceremony typically features a mix of comedy bits, musical numbers (including, traditionally, performances of the nominees for Best Original Song), and other feature segments (including, since 1993, an "in memoriam" segment featuring a montage of notable figures in film who died during the past year). The ceremony is known for being CarriedByTheHost, often relying on an actor or personality with a comedy background: Creator/BillyCrystal and Creator/BobHope have been well-known hosts in the past, with Hope in particular having hosted a record 19 times. The ceremony's producers have experimented with other hosting arrangements as well, such as having multiple hosts in a group, or having presenters rotated throughout rather than one or more definitive hosts.

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In addition to (of course) the presentation of the eponymous awards themselves, the ceremony typically features a mix of comedy bits, musical numbers (including, traditionally, performances of the nominees for Best Original Song), and other feature segments (including, since 1993, an "in memoriam" "{{in memoriam}}" segment featuring a montage of notable figures in film who died during the past year). The ceremony is known for being CarriedByTheHost, often relying on an actor or personality with a comedy background: Creator/BillyCrystal and Creator/BobHope have been well-known hosts in the past, with Hope in particular having hosted a record 19 times. The ceremony's producers have experimented with other hosting arrangements as well, such as having multiple hosts in a group, or having presenters rotated throughout rather than one or more definitive hosts.


In addition to (of course) the presentation of the eponymous awards themselves, the ceremony typically features a mix of comedy bits, musical numbers (including, traditionally, performances of the nominees for Best Original Song), and other feature segments (including since 1993, an "in memoriam" segment featuring a montage of notable figures in film who had died during the past year). The ceremony is known for being CarriedByTheHost, often relying on an actor or personality with a comedy background: Creator/BillyCrystal and Creator/BobHope have been well-known hosts in the past, with Hope in particular having hosted a record 19 times. The ceremony's producers have experimented with other hosting arrangements as well, such as having multiple hosts in a group, or having presenters rotated throughout rather than one or more definitive hosts.

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In addition to (of course) the presentation of the eponymous awards themselves, the ceremony typically features a mix of comedy bits, musical numbers (including, traditionally, performances of the nominees for Best Original Song), and other feature segments (including (including, since 1993, an "in memoriam" segment featuring a montage of notable figures in film who had died during the past year). The ceremony is known for being CarriedByTheHost, often relying on an actor or personality with a comedy background: Creator/BillyCrystal and Creator/BobHope have been well-known hosts in the past, with Hope in particular having hosted a record 19 times. The ceremony's producers have experimented with other hosting arrangements as well, such as having multiple hosts in a group, or having presenters rotated throughout rather than one or more definitive hosts.


->''"As you well know by now, this is the fifty-first annual Academy Awards. Two hours of sparkling entertainment, spread out over a four-hour show."''

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->''"As you well know by now, this is the fifty-first annual [...] Academy Awards. Two hours of sparkling entertainment, spread out over a four-hour show."''


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%%OvershadowedByControversy requires a waiting period of 6 months ** 2022 was contentious even before addition. Please refrain the ceremonies happened, because eight categories were removed from adding the main broadcast, under heavy pressure from Creator/{{ABC}}. Then the Creator/WillSmith[=/=]Creator/ChrisRock slapping incident, followed by Smith winning Best Actor and giving an entry emotionally-charged acceptance speech, dominated discussion and media coverage of the ceremony. The footage of the slap went viral on social media, with memes about it spreading everywhere. Overnight it went from a discussion on celebrities fighting to a discussion on toxic masculinity, fidelity, and race, with various celebrities and social media split on which side to support. Because of this, Smith voluntarily resigned from his Academy membership, and in turn, the Academy banned him from attending future Oscars ceremonies and related events for 2022 until September 27, 2022.10 years. At the end of July 2022, [[https://deadline.com/2022/07/will-smith-breaks-silence-deeply-remorseful-for-oscar-slap-1235081101/ Smith also posted a video]] on his Youtube channel, issuing an apology to Rock and feeling remorse for his actions.


** 2022's ceremony featured Creator/WillSmith slapping Creator/ChrisRock after Rock made a joke about Jada Plinkett's baldness. Videos of the event (and Smith's PrecisionFStrike of "Keep my wife's name out your fucking mouth!") have gone viral. A [[https://i.imgflip.com/6a9d61.png?a457932 still of the slap]] has been turned into a common meme template. Reaction shots of the other attendees also made the meme rounds, though many of them were later revealed to not have actually been taken at the time of the incident. The widely-circulated shot of [[https://pyxis.nymag.com/v1/imgs/0f9/716/a0812d866e8cde3f40a68440b964625ff9-nicole-kidman.rsquare.w330.jpg Nicole Kidman]] gasping was taken hours earlier when she saw Creator/JessicaChastain's dress for the first time before the show.

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** 2022's ceremony featured Creator/WillSmith slapping Creator/ChrisRock after Rock the latter made a joke about Jada Plinkett's the [[Creator/JadaPinkettSmith former's wife]]'s baldness. Videos of the event (and Smith's PrecisionFStrike of "Keep my wife's name out your fucking mouth!") have gone viral. A [[https://i.imgflip.com/6a9d61.png?a457932 still of the slap]] has been turned into a common meme template. Reaction shots of the other attendees also made the meme rounds, though many of them were later revealed to not have actually been taken at the time of the incident. The widely-circulated shot of [[https://pyxis.nymag.com/v1/imgs/0f9/716/a0812d866e8cde3f40a68440b964625ff9-nicole-kidman.rsquare.w330.jpg Nicole Kidman]] gasping was taken hours earlier when she saw Creator/JessicaChastain's dress for the first time before the show.


** The 2022 ceremony was accused of being this due to [[ExecutiveMeddling several changes made at ABC's insistence]] to attract a younger audience and reverse the ratings abyss of the last year's COVID-afflicted show, including: having awards or tributes presented by celebrities not known for film work, hosting two online polls for viewers to choose their favorite movie and movie moment (to give recognition to popular films that aren't OscarBait beyond the tech categories), building a huge production number around ''WesternAnimation/{{Encanto}}'''s "We Don't Talk About Bruno" despite it ''not'' being up for Best Original Song ("Dos Oruguitas" ''was'' nominated, but that hadn't become a viral hit on [=TikTok=]), multiple tributes to films like the James Bond series, ''Film/TheGodfather'', and ''Film/Pulp Fiction'' (the first two were {{Milestone Celebration}}s of 60th and 50th anniversaries, but ''Pulp Fiction'' was only 28), an InMemoriam segment combined with a chorale's gospel-style dance number, and most controversially having eight "lesser" awards be presented ahead of the main ceremony to make the show last a hard three hours. It ''still'' didn't work:

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** The 2022 ceremony was accused of being this due to [[ExecutiveMeddling several changes made at ABC's insistence]] to attract a younger audience and reverse the ratings abyss of the last year's COVID-afflicted show, including: having awards or tributes presented by celebrities not known for film work, hosting two online polls for viewers to choose their favorite movie and movie moment (to give recognition to popular films that aren't OscarBait beyond the tech categories), building a huge production number around ''WesternAnimation/{{Encanto}}'''s "We Don't Talk About Bruno" despite it ''not'' being up for Best Original Song ("Dos Oruguitas" ''was'' nominated, but that hadn't become a viral hit on [=TikTok=]), multiple tributes to films like the James Bond series, ''Film/TheGodfather'', and ''Film/Pulp Fiction'' ''Film/PulpFiction'' (the first two were {{Milestone Celebration}}s of 60th and 50th anniversaries, but ''Pulp Fiction'' was only 28), an InMemoriam segment combined with a chorale's gospel-style dance number, and most controversially having eight "lesser" awards be presented ahead of the main ceremony to make the show last a hard three hours. It ''still'' didn't work:


** Creator/JohnnyCarson was well-known for taking an odd moment from early in the show and referring to it later on. The most memorable case was at the 52nd Awards in 1980. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Splet Alan Splet]] won a special award for his sound effects work on ''Film/TheBlackStallion'', but couldn't be at the ceremony because he was in England working on ''Film/TheElephantMan''. Seizing on Splet's [[InherentlyFunnyWords Inherently Funny Name]], Carson joked that he was stuck in traffic driving to the ceremony and gave updates on the various mishaps Splet was facing on his journey. When Melvyn Douglas, also absent, won Best Supporting Actor for ''Film/BeingThere'', Carson joked that he was in Splet's carpool.

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** Creator/JohnnyCarson was well-known for taking an odd moment from early in the show and referring to it later on. The most memorable case was at the 52nd Awards in 1980. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Splet Alan Splet]] won a special award for his sound effects work on ''Film/TheBlackStallion'', but couldn't be at the ceremony because he was in England working on ''Film/TheElephantMan''. Seizing on Splet's [[InherentlyFunnyWords Inherently Funny Name]], Carson joked that actually he was stuck in traffic driving to the ceremony and gave updates on the various mishaps Splet was facing on his journey. When Melvyn Douglas, also absent, won Best Supporting Actor for ''Film/BeingThere'', Carson joked that he was in Splet's carpool.


** The first really big politically-charged moment happened at the 45th awards in 1973, when Creator/MarlonBrando sent actress[=/=]model[=/=]activist Sacheen Littlefeather to decline the Best Actor statuette along with a 15-page speech (which producers refused to let her read, limiting her time to sixty seconds) condemning the plight of Native Americans and Hollywood's treatment of them.[[note]]Regarding the statuette itself, Creator/RogerMoore, who co-presented the award with Creator/LivUllmann, claims he was allowed to briefly keep it (presumably because ''someone'' had to take it home), before an armored car sent by the Academy came by to retrieve it.[[/note]] Littlefeather's appearance drew a combination of applause, boos and StunnedSilence from the audience. Creator/RaquelWelch (co-presenting Best Actress) voiced the hope that no one else would try to make a statement that night, while Creator/ClintEastwood (presenting Best Picture) made a stilted joke about presenting "on behalf of all the cowboys shot in all the Creator/JohnFord westerns over the years."[[note]]The oft-repeated claim that Creator/JohnWayne tried to storm the stage during Littlefeather's speech and had to be held back by six security guards has conflicting documentation. The main source seems to be telecast director Marty Pasetta (who died in 2015), but he told different stories over the years, suggesting in one interview that Wayne was merely "so angry he '''wanted''' to go out and pull her off stage," then saying in another one that Wayne ''did'' try to go out on the stage. Pasetta likely was in the control room rather than backstage, so he wouldn't have actually seen what was happening, just getting word relayed to him by the stage crew. Littlefeather has also given differing accounts as to whether she saw Wayne coming after her or was later told that he was. Wayne was actually the final presenter that night, leading the winners and presenters in an awkward singalong of "You Oughta Be in Pictures", and said nothing about the incident. He was later quoted as disapproving of it, but aiming his ire at Brando for "taking some little unknown girl and dressing her up in an Indian outfit" rather than declining in person.[[/note]] In 2022, the Academy issued a formal apology to Littlefeather for her treatment at the show.

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** The first really big politically-charged moment happened at the 45th awards in 1973, when Creator/MarlonBrando sent actress[=/=]model[=/=]activist Sacheen Littlefeather to decline the Best Actor statuette along with a 15-page speech (which producers refused to let her read, limiting her time to sixty seconds) condemning the plight of Native Americans and Hollywood's treatment of them.[[note]]Regarding the statuette itself, Creator/RogerMoore, who co-presented the award with Creator/LivUllmann, claims he was allowed to briefly keep it (presumably because ''someone'' had to take it home), before an armored car sent by the Academy came by to retrieve it.[[/note]] Littlefeather's appearance drew a combination of applause, boos and StunnedSilence from the audience. Creator/RaquelWelch (co-presenting Best Actress) voiced the hope that no one else would try to make a statement that night, while Creator/ClintEastwood (presenting Best Picture) made a stilted joke about presenting "on behalf of all the cowboys shot in all the Creator/JohnFord westerns over the years."[[note]]The oft-repeated claim that Creator/JohnWayne tried to storm the stage during Littlefeather's speech and had to be held back by six security guards has conflicting documentation. very little documentation to back it up. The main source seems to be for the story was telecast director Marty Pasetta (who died in 2015), but he told different stories his account got more exaggerated over the years, suggesting in one time. In a 1974 interview Pasetta merely said that Wayne was merely "in an uproar" and that Pasetta personally calmed him down. Later he said that Wayne was "so angry he '''wanted''' to go out and pull her off stage," then saying in another one implying that Wayne ''did'' try to go out on the stage. Pasetta likely was in the control room rather than backstage, so he wouldn't have never actually seen what tried, then by 1988 Pasetta was happening, just getting word relayed to talking about the security guards holding him by the stage crew.back. Littlefeather has also given differing accounts as to whether she saw Wayne coming after her or was later told that he was. This [[https://selfstyledsiren.substack.com/p/john-wayne-and-the-six-security-men?utm_source=twitter&sd=pf Substack]] piece makes a couple of relevant points: the awards had an unusual stage design that year, exposing much of the wings, which wouldn't have allowed much room for a seven-man altercation to ''not'' be visible to the audience, and Wayne was a 65-year-old cancer survivor who'd had part of a lung and some ribs removed, and wasn't in great physical shape. He was actually the final presenter that night, leading the winners and presenters in an awkward singalong of "You Oughta Be in Pictures", and said nothing about the incident. He was later quoted as disapproving of it, but aiming his ire at Brando for "taking some little unknown girl and dressing her up in an Indian outfit" rather than declining in person. In the Substack piece Wayne biographer Scott Eyman says that he doesn't doubt that Wayne was pissed off, but he rarely displayed physical aggression, and especially directing it toward a woman would've been completely out of character for Wayne.[[/note]] In 2022, the Academy issued a formal apology to Littlefeather for her treatment at the show.


** The 82nd Academy Awards ceremony had a segment where characters from each of that year's nominations for Best Animated Feature Film ([[WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox Mr. Fox]], WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}, [[WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfKells Aisling]], [[WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Frog!Naveen and Louis]], and [[WesternAnimation/{{Up}} Carl and Dug]]) were asked what the nomination meant to them. It also contains a brief TakeThat towards the category, with Mr. Fox being disappointed he didn't get nominated "like a real movie"!
** The 88th Academy Awards ceremony had the Best Animated Short Film award being presented by [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe a trio of Minions]] and the Best Animated Feature Film award being presented by [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Woody and Buzz Lightyear]].

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** The 82nd Academy Awards ceremony had a segment where characters from each of that year's nominations for Best Animated Feature Film ([[WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox Mr. Fox]], WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}, [[WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfKells Aisling]], [[WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Frog!Naveen Prince Naveen and Louis]], and [[WesternAnimation/{{Up}} Carl and Dug]]) were asked what the nomination meant to them. It also contains a brief TakeThat towards the category, with Mr. Fox being disappointed he didn't get nominated "like a real movie"!
** The 88th Academy Awards ceremony had the Best Animated Short Film award being presented by [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe a trio of Minions]] and the Best Animated Feature Film award being presented by [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory [[Franchise/ToyStory Woody and Buzz Lightyear]].

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