The most shocking moments in Oscars history

Liza Minnelli was allegedly forced to appear on stage in a wheelchair at the Oscars

Stars Insider

21/04/22 | StarsInsider

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As one of the most revered awards shows in Hollywood (the industry that, after all, thrives on drama), it makes sense that the Oscars have their own history of outrageous and salacious controversies. The 2022 ceremony was one of the most dramatic to date thanks to the infamous slap involving Will Smith and Chris Rock. However, it wasn't the only scandal to emerge from the event.

A friend of Liza Minnelli, the singer and pianist Michael Feinstein, has spoken out about the music legend's appearance that night. Minnelli presented one of the final awards of the night, Best Picture, alongside Lady Gaga. Feinstein claimed that Minnelli was experiencing back trouble at the time and asked to present the award from a director's chair so viewers wouldn't see her limping and worry about her health. Everything was arranged to Minnelli's satisfaction, but according to Feinstein, the producers of the show were shaken up after the slapping incident and made a last-minute change. She was informed that she would have to present the award in a wheelchair just minutes before her appearance. Feinstein says the sudden change of plan made her nervous which added to her looking "out of it" when she appeared on stage in the wheelchair. "Can you imagine being suddenly forced to be seen by millions of people the way you don’t want to be seen? That’s what happened to her," he exclaimed on SiriusXM’s 'The Jess Cagle Show.'

From hilarious host gaffes to loud political statements on the red carpet, the reactions to the Academy Awards can be more entertaining than some of the films themselves. Click through to reminisce on some of the most historic moments.


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