March 3rd, 2011
03:43 PM ET
James Franco and Anne Hathaway weren't the only controversial couple at Sunday night's Oscars. Presenters Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin shared a same-sex smooch on stage but it was cut out of the telecast.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bardem and Brolin did a little dance and then kissed as they made their way to the podium. But the camera cut to Bardem's wife, Penelope Cruz, as the two made their entrance, and neither the dance nor the kiss were seen.
Oscars producer Bruce Cohen, however, insists the routine wasn't cut because audiences might find it too scandalous.
“It [the dance and the kiss] was unscripted, and the plan in the truck was always to cut to Penelope in the audience applauding Josh’s and Javier’s introduction, so that is what happened, just as they were starting to dance," Cohen told AfterElton in a statement.
"Josh and Javier’s moment (I saw them start to dance, but, to be honest, I have no idea if they kissed — that’s the first I’ve heard of that) would have made a great TV moment, but since no one knew it was coming, we cut to the gorgeous Ms. Cruz as planned. By the time we cut back from her close-up, Josh and Javier were walking to the podium.”
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