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Odds Against an Oscars Winner Getting Bleeped During Acceptance Speech

Patricia Arquette at the 87th Academy Awards
Patricia Arquette was bleeped at the 87th Academy Awards. Photo by Disney | ABC Television (flickr) [CC License]
  • The 91st Academy Awards are slated for Sunday, February 24th
  • Anyone with an open microphone can rant and ramble and be bleeped in the process
  • Will any of the Oscar winners drop an expletive during their acceptance speech?

With the 2019 Academy Awards right around the corner, everyone is wondering not only which films will be honored for their excellence, but also what the odds are of an Oscar winner being bleeped during their acceptance speech.

For those who aren’t regular watchers of the annual awards show, Oscar winners’ speeches getting censored is more common than you might think. Whether they accidentally drop an F-bomb or embark on an incoherent, profanity-filled rant, there’s no telling what will happen when some of these celebrities have an open microphone in their hands.

However, those holding out hope for a bleep or two at the upcoming Academy Awards may be disappointed to find out that, according to Bovada, odds are that it will be business as usual at the event and that everything will go smoothly (or in other words, it will be a family-friendly, swear-free show).

Will Any Oscar Winner Be Bleeped During their Acceptance Speech?

Will Any Oscar Winner Be Bleeped During their Acceptance Speech? Odds at Bovada
Yes EVEN
No -140

Although “No” is winning out at the moment, anything can change between now and February, meaning it isn’t far-fetched for fans of the Oscars to start betting on “Yes” by showtime (especially since it isn’t behind by much).

After all, anything is bound to happen at the Oscars, and with the selection of films and directors being more diverse than ever before, it’s impossible to know for sure whether an award winner will speak off the cuff and sprinkle some swears into their acceptance speech just for fun.

The Academy Awards have a history of featuring bleep-filled acceptance speeches, specifically in recent years.

Sometimes it’s a simple mistake, such as in 2015 when Patricia Arquette accidentally said something she shouldn’t have while composing herself before her speech. It has since been bleeped out on video and the uncensored version isn’t in too many places online, but it was a memorable moment, nonetheless.

It occurred again at the 2016 instalment of the Oscars, when Mad Max: Fury Road Sound Editor Mark Mangini won the award for Best Sound Editing and started off his speech with “F—ing Mad Maxers!” He later regretted his poor choice of words, joking that he would never hear the end of it from his wife.

There are a handful of candidates who could realistically slip a swear into their acceptance speech at the last minute.

Between Alfonso Curaon, Bradley Cooper, Damien Chazelle and others being up for Best Director for the 2019 Oscars, there are a handful of candidates who could realistically slip a swear into their acceptance speech at the last minute, and if so, the audience that night will be in for a treat.

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Since 2010, Graham Mirmina has served as a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and contributes work to WhatCulture and Daily DDT. An Endicott College alumnus, Graham has been with SBD since 2018 and is currently pursuing his master's in Digital Journalism.