The 90th Annual Academy Awards (AKA the Oscars) is this Sunday (it starts at around 2am on Monday morning to be precise). What better time to relive the most cringe-worthy of the many Oscars fails there have been over the years.
(Mostly because it makes us feel better about that time we fell up the stairs at the mall while a group of school children looked on. And laughed.)
The one with Moonlight
The 89th Academy Awards will go down in history as the only time (so far) that an Oscar has been given to the wrong movie, and no, it wasn’t being kindly accepted on anyone’s behalf. The slip up came at the end of the evening when Warren Beaty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly named La La Land as the winner of Best Picture… When it became apparent that
La La Land Moonlight was actually the winner the room was filled with shock and nervous laughter. Watch the awkwardness unfold for yourself:
The one with John Travolta
It was the 86th Academy Awards and John Travolta was given the task of announcing Frozen’s Let It Go singer, Idina Menzel, to the stage to perform her award-winning song. Unfortunately, he ended up introducing ‘Adele Dazeem’, to both the audience and the viewers’ amusement, and although she rocked the song, the awkwardness of that moment still lives on.
The one with the ashes
Sacha Baron Cohen arrived at the 84th Academy Awards dressed as General Aladeen, a character from his movie, The Dictator. He was accompanied by two brunette ‘bodyguards’ and a gold urn that he claimed had the ashes of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il inside. If this wasn’t awkward enough, during his red carpet interview, Cohen thought it would be funny to empty said ashes, all over Ryan Seacrest. The host took it in his stride but we’re pretty sure he wanted to cut someone.
The one with the joke
Chris Rock was the host of the 77th Academy Awards and of course had the audiences in stitches with his comedic antics. One joke poked fun at British heartthrob Jude Law, who Chris joked (emphasis on the word ‘joked’) that no one really knew who Jude Law was. It was then that Sean Penn took to the microphone to ‘defend’ Law, saying that he was one of the most talented actors. Joke obviously not received. Sit back down, Mr Penn.
The one with the siblings smooch
Angelina Jolie is a family gal, and the world learnt just how much she loves her family when she arrived at the 72nd Academy Awards with her brother, James Haven. First she proclaimed how ‘in love’ she was with her brother when accepting her award for Girl, Interrupted, and then proceeded to plant one on him with such force that boys everywhere felt it in their gut. Sigh. Nothing like a strong sibling… bond?
The one with the boob song
To be fair, the Academy was taking a risk by choosing the often brash, Seth MacFarlane as their host in 2013. I mean the man who wrote Family Guy?! MacFarlane didn’t even slightly ease into it, but rather started off with a bang by singing an opening number entitled, We Saw Your Boobs. Basically it was a song listing all of the actresses (present at the awards) who have been in topless movie scenes. Both awkward, and a little pervy no?
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