Part of what makes the Oscars so much fun every year are the unexpected moments that no one saw coming. One of these this year was when actors Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin came out on stage to present the Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay.
Viewers saw the two men walk out onto stage where they engaged in an apparently impromptu dance, though viewers only saw a flash of that before the camera jumped to an extended shot of Penelope Cruz.
Thanks to AfterElton.com reader Jose Manuel, we now also know that in addition to dancing, the two men exchanged a kiss which you can see here.
So why the cut away? On one hand, it seems unlikely that ABC would find a kiss between Bardem and Brolin to be something needing to be censored. After all, back in 2006, the Oscar telecast included a Brokeback Mountain spoof featuring Jon Stewart and George Clooney in bed. On the other hand, the cutaway to Cruz seemed awkward and clearly lasted until the two men had stopped dancing. Frankly, it’s hard not to wonder if it might not have something to do with the Adam Lambert imbroglio from the American Music Awards.
AfterElton.com has reached out to ABC for a comment and will post the network’s reply when we receive it.
Editor’s update: ABC says they will have no comment.