I wrote with a question mark that Tom Cruise "kept (?)" his girlfriend or wife away, because maybe Penélope Cruz and Katie Holmes wanted to stay away from the Oscars EVERY SINGLE YEAR that they were his girlfriend or wife, but I doubt it. It's valuable PR for actors and actresses to attend and look magnificent. I believe, but can't prove, that Cruise pressured Cruz and then Holmes to not attend with him, the Oscars, Golden Globes, and Emmies. He did take them to his premieres and other events, so it's a puzzle. Cruise taking Holmes to the Vanity Fair post-Oscar party is a glamorous outing, but that party only gets limited photo-ops. It is not watched by 40 million people like the Oscars. When he or his film is nominated, John Travolta always brings his wife Kelly Preston, so why not Tom Cruise?
The presenters list is notable too, since it usually is made up of Oscar winners and some non-winning nominees from the prior year, long-ago legends, nostalgia acts, and heroes of blockbusters like Mission Impossible and Wonder Woman. The presenter list, which now rarely has Scientologists, is finalized days before the Oscar ceremony.
2018 No Scientologist nominees or presenters. Ex-Scientologist Nicole Kidman will present.
2017 No Scientologist nominees or presenters. Ex-Scientologist Nicole Kidman nominated for Supporting Actress, in Lion.
2016: No nominations or presenters. Scientologist Juliette Lewis' father, actor and Scientologist Geoffrey Lewis (1935-2015), was left out of the In Memoriam segment. Never-was-a-Scientologist Sophia Vergara presented. Vergara briefly dated Cruise and dumped him supposedly because of the Scientology. Cruise and Vergara dating in 2005 prior to the Katie Holmes romance:
2015: John Travolta presented and inappropriately grabbed Idina Menzel and Scarlett Johannesen. EX Nicole Kidman presented.
2014: Travolta presented and flubbed Idina Menzel's name. EX Penélope Cruz presented.
2013: Travolta and EX Nicole Kidman presented. The Master, about an LRH-type cult founder, got 3 nominations. Katie attended the 2013 Golden Globes, making up for the many Oscars, Golden Globes, and Emmies she missed while with Cruise:
2012: EX Penelope Cruz presented. Tom Cruise presented, and was in pre-recorded skit. He was not in the audience, and kept (?) wife Katie Holmes away. The pair attended the 2012 post-Oscars Vanity Fair party. Months later, Katie left Cruise, to save her daughter from Scientology.
2011: EX Nicole Kidman nominated for Best Actress for Rabbit Hole, and Kidman also presented. Cruise didn't attend and kept (?) wife Katie Holmes away.
2010: Travolta presented. Cruise didn't attend and kept (?) wife Katie Holmes away. EX Penélope Cruz nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Nine.
2009: EX Nicole Kidman presented. Cruise didn't attend and kept (?) wife Katie Holmes away.
2008: EX Nicole Kidman and Travolta presented. Cruise didn't attend and kept (?) wife Katie Holmes away. EX Penélope Cruz won Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
2007: EX Nicole Kidman and Travolta presented. Tom Cruise presented but didn't sit in the audience and kept (?) wife Katie Holmes away. EX Penélope Cruz nominated for Best Actress in Volver. Cruise and Holmes posed awkwardly at the Vanity Fair after-party. from http://carpetbagger.blogs.nytimes.com/2 ... avor/?_r=0
from http://www.usmagazine.com/tomkat link brokenHolmes raised eyebrows with her demure manner on the red carpet at the (2007) Vanity Fair Oscar party. Upon arriving at the famed afterparty, Cruise urged his bride to pose for a photograph alone.
"Take a shot of her," he told photographers.
But according to an onlooker, the 28-year-old actress refused to take a picture without him.
The actor then led Holmes around by the hand, pulling her back and forth while he mingled and she remained silent.
Cruise, 44, greeted a few photographers but didn’t introduce his wife, who said nothing and stood next to her husband, waiting for him to finish his conversations.
He later asked her again to pose for a picture alone, and she finally agreed.
“She looks at him for direction,” the witness tells Us
2006: Then-Scientologist Paul Haggis, won Film Editing for Crash, which Haggis wrote and directed. Crash also won Best Picture. Haggis quit Scientology in 2009. EX Nicole Kidman presented. Katie Holmes and Cruise had started their relationship in mid-2005. Cruise didn't attend and kept away (?) girlfriend Katie Holmes, who was then pregnant, and about to enter a media frenzy with Suri's weird birth certificate and Suri not being seen even by friends, for months. See viewtopic.php?f=9&t=102121
2005: Then-Scientologist Paul Haggis nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, for Million Dollar Baby, which won Best Picture. Travolta presented. So did Cruise's radiant ex-girlfriend (who took Scientology courses but wouldn't commit) EX Penélope Cruz, now free to attend.
Cruise did not attend in 2005. CoS tried to match him with Nazanin Boniadi in 2004, and "auditioned" Scarlett Johansson, who fled from the Scientology-flavored matchmaking. He took Sophia Vergara to a pre-Oscar party in 2005,* but Vergara didn't get an Oscar date with Cruise. Oddly, Cruise was flirting with Penélope Cruz at the Vanity Fair post-Oscar party:
from http://gawker.com/034523/oscar-hangover ... t-round-upA butched-up-to-within-an-inch-of-his-life Tom Cruise races his motorcycle to the Vanity Fair party at Morton’s in jeans and a leather jacket, pounds down an In N Out Burger, and, presumably, high fives every dude in the party before talking to ex Penélope Cruz. … “I put the kids to bed. Someone called and said the party was rockin’,” said Cruise at the VF bash. Cruise: motorcycle, leather, butch, etc etc. This time, practically engages in sexual congress with Cruz before (presumably) setting out to find a mechanical bull to ride.
Cruise's relationship with Katie Holmes started around April 2005, months after the Oscars.
2004: Cruise, Travolta and EX Kidman presented. Cruise didn't sit in the audience, and may have broken up with Penelope Cruz, who didn't attend.
2003: EX Nicole Kidman won Best Actress as Virginia Wolfe in The Hours. Travolta presented. Cruise didn't attend and kept (?) girlfriend Penélope Cruz away.
2002: EX Nicole Kidman nominated for Best Actress for Moulin Rouge. Cruise and Travolta presented. Cruise did not sit in the audience and kept (?) girlfriend Penélope Cruz away.
2001: Travolta, Cruise and EX Kidman presented. (Penélope Cruz, the future Cruise girlfriend, attended happily, not knowing she would miss the 2002, 2003, and 2004 Oscars).
Cruise had left Nicole Kidman in Feb 2001. The March 2001 Oscars was the start of Cruise avoiding red carpets and not sitting in the audience . Cruise and Kidman at the January 2001 Golden Globes.
2000: Cruise nominated for Best Actor, Magnolia. Cruise TOOK then-wife Kidman this year and some earlier years. Red carpet fans screamed the loudest for them.
1999: Travolta presented.
1998: No Scientologist nominees or presenters.
1997: Cruise nominated for Best Actor, Jerry Maguire. Then-Scientologist Nicole Kidman presented.
1996: Travolta and then-Scientologist Nicole Kidman presented. Cruise attended with Kidman, even though he had no role on stage. This contrasts with the 2011 Emmys, when Katie Holmes went alone to present, without husband Cruise.
1995: Travolta nominated for Best Actor Pulp Fiction. Also, Travolta presented.
1994: Tom Cruise and then-Scientologist Nicole Kidman presented.
1993: Mark Isham, composer won Best Original Score for A River Runs Through It.
1992: Juliette Lewis nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Cape Fear. Then-Scientologist Nicole Kidman presented.
1991: Anne Archer and Cruise presented.
1990: Cruise nominated for best actor, Born on the Fourth of July (Tom married Nicole Kidman this year).
1989: Cruise presented.
1988: Anne Archer nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Fatal Attraction.
1987: No Scientologist nominations or presenters. Top Gun won Best Original Song "Take My Breath Away" but it was not written by a Scientologist.
1984-1986: No Scientologist nominees or presenters.
1983: Travolta presented.
1982: Travolta presented.
1980-1981: No Scientologist nominees or presenters.
1979: Grease got "nominated for Best song, "Hopelessly Devoted to You" from Grease – sung by Travolta but composer was not a Scientologist.
1978: Travolta nominated for Best Actor, Saturday Night Fever. Travolta also presented. Travolta had joined Scientology in 1975, as did Anne Archer.
1974-1977 No Scientologist nominees or presenters.
1973: Butterflies are Free, directed by Milton Katselas, received many nominations, but not for Best Director. It won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Katselas joined Scientology in 1965 and attracted young actors into Scientology through his Beverly Hills Playhouse. Katselas was cruelly denounced by several CoS celebrities near his 2008 death.
1972: Karen Black presented.**
1971: Karen Black nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Five Easy Pieces.
SOURCE: Wikipedia "43rd Academy Awards" for 1971, and so forth.
* Source for Vergara story: Tom Cruise
from Before Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise Wanted Sofia Vergara As His Wife , by Aly Weisman, Jul. 3, 2012,http://www.businessinsider.com/before-k ... ife-2012-7gave Scientology leaders a wish list of women he would like to date. They included...the up-and-coming actress Sofia Vergara.
When Vergara got an invitation from Cruise’s friend Will Smith to attend a (2005) pre-Oscar party, she had no idea she was being set up. She was dazzled by Tom’s megawatt smile and amused by the blizzard of phone calls, flowers and chocolates that followed their first meeting.
It was not long before he casually suggested they head for Celebrity Centre...It soon became clear that she was being auditioned for the biggest role of her life — Mrs. Tom Cruise Mark III. It was made clear that if she took the part, she would have to renounce her Catholic faith and convert to Scientology.
“She was fundamentally terrified of Scientology,”
** Karen Black was in an L. Ron Hubbard- written film, Freedom, in 1970, with Stephen Boyd, and Geoffrey Lewis, so she was a Scientologist in 1971.
Also see the thread Scientologists' Golden Globe downward spiral 1971-2018, viewtopic.php?f=11&t=305128