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The Kiss the Oscars Missed

You’d think the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would be cool with Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin’s stolen Oscar kiss, as it involved two demonstrably straight men locking lips for the sake of filmed entertainment, but audiences at home were treated to a cutaway to Bardem’s wife, Penelope Cruz — who just gave birth to their first child — instead. Oscar producers are claiming the omission was unintentional, since the kiss was impromptu. –KA

The Hollywood Reporter:

It [the dance and the kiss] was unscripted, and the plan in the truck was always to cut to Penelope in the audience applauding Josh’s and Javier’s introduction,” Cohen explained in a statement to AfterElton.com, which had originally questioned why the moment didn’t make it to the broadcast, noting that the 2006 Oscar telecast included a Brokeback Mountain spoof that starred Jon Stewart and George Clooney in bed. (Not to mention that Bardem is from Spain, where kissing is a traditional greeting among close friends.)

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