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Odds Say Liam Neeson’s Name Won’t Be Mentioned During Oscars Telecast

Liam Neeson in Cold Pursuit. Photograph courtesy of StudioCanal.
  • Action star Liam Neeson under fire for explosive racial comments during interview
  • Upcoming Academy Awards around the corner are an opportunity for jokes or commentary on Neeson’s behalf
  • Neeson may already have been removed from an upcoming Hollywood project, showing he may be on his way out

Oh boy. After years of being Hollywood’s favorite action thriller star, Liam Neeson is in hot water for some extremely shocking racial comments he made during an interview with The Independent.

The Irish star, once beloved for his appearances in such adored films as Love Actually and the Taken trilogy, is the newest of the Hollywood elite to be put under fire, and rightfully so.

Liam Neeson is in hot water for some extremely shocking racial comments.


Despite Michelle Rodriguez’s recent support of Neeson, Hollywood seems to still be unimpressed by Neeson’s comments. Fans are even petitioning that Neeson’s image should be removed from the upcoming, already finished Men in Black reboot he stars in.

Odds Liam Neeson Mentioned By Name During Oscars Ceremony

Result Odds Neeson Is Mentioned by Name During the Award Ceremony at Bovada
No -700
Yes +400

*Odds taken 2/8

And the Winner Is…

This big reveal on Neeson’s behalf comes right in time for the film industry’s biggest night of the year, the Academy Awards.

On February 24, not only will we have Rami Malek duking it out with Christian Bale for a trophy, but we can also anticipate a lengthy ceremony filled with boring speeches and a running time that will undoubtedly run beyond its allotted television slot.

To break up the dull atmosphere, presenters tend to use their screen time to crack jokes at current events in the industry. However, Neeson’s comments, including delusions of violence and racial prejudice, are far too dark to tackle within a comedic framework.

This big reveal on Neeson’s behalf comes right in time for the film industry’s biggest night of the year, the Academy Awards.

Considering his role in the upcoming action film Cold Pursuit, the lines between Neeson the screen actor and Neeson the human suddenly seem too sensitive given his personal views.

Neeson’s comments, including delusions of violence and racial prejudice, are likely too far to tackle in a comedic framework.

A Show Without a Host

This year will be the first time since 1989 that the Oscars will be presented without a host. Coincidentally, the reason for the lack of an emcee is similar to Neeson’s recent notable remarks.

Originally, comedian Kevin Hart was slated to present this year’s awards, but after a series of the comedian’s homophobic tweets were dug out, Hart pulled from the ceremony.

This year’s list of presenters includes a slew of comic talent, including Awkwafina, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph.

Given these hilarious celebrities’ histories of pushing the envelope, the temptation to mention Neeson will be on the table, but it’s more likely that these stars will steer clear of his name.

Pick: No (-700)

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JJ Brewis is a BC native and has lived in the Greater Vancouver Area for 15 years. The former Editor-in-Chief for the Capilano Courier, JJ also co-founded Lords of Dogwood, a Vancouver-based entertainment site in 2013. His writing has been found in ION Magazine, the North Shore News, and The Strand.