It wouldn’t be a proper awards show without some major OMG moments, right?
The 2019 Oscars were already off to an interesting start when Kevin Hart accepted the role as host and then immediately stepped down two days later after homophobic tweets from 2011 resurfaced.
“For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s suppose to,” he wrote on Instagram on Dec. 4 after announcing the gig. “I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time….To be able to join the legendary list of host that have graced that stage is unbelievable.”
On Dec. 7, Hart tweeted, “I’m sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”
About a month later, he announced once and for all that he would not be hosting the show. “It’s done,” he told Variety.
Now, the show will go on without a host for the first time in 30 years. According to Hollywood Reporter, it’s only the second time to ever happen in the show’s history. Even though there won’t be a host, there’s still a star-studded lineup of presenters including Jennifer Lopez, Daniel Craig, Emilia Clarke, Laura Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Awkwafina, Tina Fey and many, many more.
But the Kevin Hart hosting debacle is hardly the biggest scandal or shocking moment to ever grace the stage at the ceremony.
Never forget the moment at the 2017 Oscars when Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty accidentally announced La La Land as the winner for Best Picture. Moments later, La La Land‘s producer Jordan Horowitz corrected the situation and said into the microphone, “Guys, I’m sorry. There’s a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke. I’m afraid they read the wrong thing.”
Check out some more shocking and over-the-top moments from the Oscars in the gallery below.
What’ll it be this year?!