5 historical Oscar controversies you probably didn't know about

The annual gala has been a showcase for Communist propaganda and mysterious no-shows

Documentary filmmaker and Oscar winner Bert Schneider
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In the days leading up to Sunday's 85th annual Academy Awards, we're sure to be treated to the highlights — and lowlights — of the previous 84 ceremonies. There was the streaker, Sacheen Littlefeather rejecting an award on Marlon Brando's behalf, Michael Moore's political diatribe, Jack Palance's pushups — really, the list goes on and on. But there are still some outrageous stories and uncomfortable situations that have slipped under the cultural radar. From mega-spoilers to George Bernard Shaw's tantrum, here's a rundown of five Oscar controversies you probably didn't know about:

1. The Brooklyn cabbie who presented an award to Bob Hope

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