Controversial and Bad Fashion Ensembles at the Academy Awards in Recent Years

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Sacha Baron Cohen showed up at the Academy Awards this year in costume.

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Sacha Baron Cohen showed up at the Academy Awards this year in costume.

Angelina Jolie was turning heads at the 84th annual Academy Awards when she arrived in a black Versace dress with a slit up to her thigh. It wasn't the stunning dress itself that drew attention, it was how she wore it. At every opportunity, the former "Changeling" star obtrusively bent her knee through the slit of the dress, showing off her muscular right leg. She even struck the same pose on stage while presenting the award for Best Original Screenplay. The day after the awards aired, the internet was buzzing with how much attention Angelina (or rather, her leg) garnered during the ceremony.

The slender and vivacious superstar hasn't been the only celebrity to draw attention to herself while walking the red carpet at the Oscars. Let's take a look at other celebrities who caused a spectacle of themselves in recent years.

Sacha Baron Cohen 2012

We should have known the former "Borat" star would stir up controversy on the red carpet. Wearing a suit designed by John Galliano, Cohen could have literally stepped off the set of "The Dictator" still in uniform. What onlookers didn't expect, was for Cohen to carry around the "ashes" of a former North Korean leader in a mock urn.

Melissa Leo 2012

This ensemble didn't stir as much controversy as it did leave witnesses wondering what the former "Frozen River" star was thinking when she donned this gown designed by Reem Acra. The black and gold sequins were eye-catching, but the gown itself was ill-fitting for the star while the collar and button down front just polished off the tacky look.

Charlize Theron 2010

This blonde bombshell may deliver some great performances on screen, but she is also well known for sporting some fashion flops at award shows. The "Young Adult" star showed up at the Oscars in 2010 sporting a light purple Dior, with a cupcake looking rose bustier across her bosom.

Diablo Cody 2008

Me-ouch! Cody may have received critical acclaim for the 2007 hit movie, "Juno" but not for her keen fashion sense. These spots are better coordinated on a leopard, not on a gown designed for one of Hollywood's finest screenplay writers. At least the dress by Dior was actually a printed silk chiffon and not made of real animal skin.

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