on February 24, 2015 Media Industry News

Oscar Controversies Digest: Feb 24th

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Oscars 2015: Patricia Arquette stirs controversy with equal-pay remarks (LA Times)

After accepting her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Boyhood, Patricia Arquette’s speech took a slightly different turn than the other winners. She exclaimed, "To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” The more she preached, the more Meryl Streep cheered

Watch Sean Penn’s Oscars ‘Green Card’ Joke That Sparked Controversy (Time)

Sean Penn had the privilege of announcing the Oscar for Best Picture Sunday night. The Academy Award went to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the Mexican writer/director of Birdman. Before saying Inarritu’s name, Penn goes, “Who gave this son of a b***h a green card?” Check out the video and decide for yourself: Funny or racist?  

Cocaine-snorting Oscar statue removed after popping up on Hollywood Boulevard days before Academy Awards (NY Daily News)

LA street artist Plastic Jesus (great name) decided to build a life-sized Oscar statue snorting cocaine on its hands and knees in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman. He wanted to raise awareness about drug addiction in Hollywood, but some people weren’t happy with the statue, let alone the fact that it was placed a few yards away from the Red Carpet. 

Oscars 2015: Why Joan Rivers wasn't in 'In Memoriam,' and more burning questions answered (EW)

Iconic female comedian Joan Rivers passed away in September, shocking and devastating many. However, at the Oscar 'In Memoriam' montage, when nearly every big name in Hollywood who has died over the past year is commemorated, Rivers name was completely absent. Who’s decision was it to leave her out? 

87th Oscars Hit A Ratings Low -- Partly Because No One Was Laughing (Forbes)

As much as we loved Neil Patrick Harris in How I Met Your Mother, he was unable to generate the same amount of laughter while hosting the Oscars. Was it his fault? Or the fact that his head writer wasn’t a comedian? His jokes flatlined, and his overall presence was surprisingly awkward. Maybe he realized the writers blew it after the first few crickets. Either way, Doogie Howser couldn’t stop the show from losing over 6 million viewers in comparison to last year.

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Nick Shanman

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