The Most Insane Conspiracy Theories About Hollywood Awards

If you believe in giant conspiracies to control our politics, economy, and industry, then you probably don't think it's that hard to rig an awards ceremony. Or maybe you don't believe in the Cinderella stories inherent to awards shows, where unknowns and heavyweights can compete for the same prize. Regardless, there have been many notable Hollywood award show conspiracy theories that have surfaced over the years.

Conspiracies about why something or someone got a win or nomination over something or someone else are common in the entertainment industry. Some of these seemingly crazy and out there theories have a surprising amount of evidence to support them, but others are made up entirely, with no basis in fact whatsoever.

Were the Grammy's an Illuminati stage show? How did Ben Affleck's Argo really pull off that Best Picture Oscar win? Here are 12 conspiracies and inexplicable events that took place at the Oscars, Golden Globes, and Grammy Awards.

Which of these award show conspiracies do you believe? Have you heard any others? Read on and head to the comments section for further discussion.

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    107 VOTES

    The 2014 Grammys Were a Giant Illuminati Ritual

    Every single award show is seen by Illuminati watchers as a public acknowledgement of the Cabal’s control of the entertainment industry, specifically music. In this case, it was a “black magic witchcraft ritual” by Katy Perry, as well as Beyonce advancing her “beta kitten” programming during her slot. Then 33 gay couples were wed during Macklemore’s performance of the song “Same Love,” 33 being a key number in Masonic and Illuminati imagery. Finally, there was Madonna coming out dressed as a country preacher to “address her subjects.”

    In reality, this is the same cherry-picking scrutiny leveled against virtually every award show, when performers go over the top to outdo each other and dominate post show conversation.
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    67 VOTES

    Zero Dark Thirty Gets Zero Dark Oscars

    While the chronicle of the tracking and killing of Osama bin Laden won numerous awards at other ceremonies, it was essentially shut out of the Oscars, winning just one for Sound Editing. Was this due to a conspiracy led by several US Senators to punish the filmmakers for portraying the country in a bad light?

    Shortly after the film was released, three Senators publicly objected to its depiction of torture as an information-gathering technique. They soon launched a probe to determine if the CIA had colluded with the film’s screenwriter to reveal classified information. Some awards watchers thought the probe negatively affected the film’s Oscar campaign, even going so far as to suggest Academy voters had been contacted by members of the Senate. However, the probe was dropped without finding any evidence of wrongdoing – the day after the Oscars.
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    60 VOTES

    Best Picture Is a Crashing Bore

    The 2005 Oscar for Best Picture is generally considered to be a misfire, with melodramatic racial harmony polemic Crash winning over Brokeback Mountain. While Brokeback took home a slew of best picture wins at other award ceremonies, including the Golden Globes, Crash swept in at the last second and took the prize – despite not even being nominated for a Golden Globe.

    This led to a number of theories as to what happened, anything from the Academy rigging the award to goose the ratings of what would have been an otherwise predictable show, to older Academy members being uncomfortable with Brokeback’s frank depictions of a romance between two men. In the end, it was generally considered that Crash won because it was the “safe” choice.
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    56 VOTES

    You Are a "Tourist"

    While it was a box office success, the 2010 Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie spy thriller The Tourist was slammed by critics. Yet it was nominated for three Golden Globes, including in the Best Picture: Musical or Comedy category. Not only that, but the Cher/Christina Aguilera misfire Burlesque was also nominated for Best Musical or Comedy, despite scathing reviews.

    While the Hollywood Foreign Press Association claimed The Tourist had "elements of preposterous fun," hence it being nominated as a comedy, the rest of the media didn't buy it. Instead, the HFPA was accused of being bought off by Sony, the distributor of both films, with an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas - featuring a performance by Cher, naturally.