Winning the Best Actress award at the Oscars is a huge thing and that should be the highlight of every female star’s career. But, with Jennifer Lawrence, something else happened. She turned her big moment into an embarrassing farce by tripping on the way to collect the prize she won for her role in Silver Linings Playbook. Clumsy Jennifer struck again as she fell over again on the red carpet at the same ceremony the following year. Sure, she’s only human!
The culmination of the Academy Awards ceremony is the presentation of the Best Picture Award with the greatest movie of the year being honored. But, at the 89th edition, on Sunday things didn’t go as planned. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced that La La Land was the winner. The team went up to take the prize only to find out mid-acceptance speech that the winner was Moonlight. The bizarre moment, apparently caused by a mix-up with the envelopes naming the winner, will perhaps go down as the most embarrassing moment in Oscars history.
John Travolta should have been a safe choice to introduce singer/actress Idina Menzel’s performance of the song Let It Go at the 2014 Oscars. But the actor managed to mangle her name and introduce her as Adele Dazeem. However, the next year John was given a chance to atone for his error as he was joined by Idina on stage. Weirdly, though, the star made things worse by creepily stroking her chin.
When Sam Smith took to the stage to accept his Academy Award for the Best Original Song, he announced that it was a historic moment as he was the first openly gay man to win the Oscar. The only little problem was that a lot of gay men had won before him including Milk screenwriter, Dustin Lance Black, Elton John, Pedro Almodovar and John Gielgud. Gielgud’s 1982 Best Supporting Actor victory is generally considered to have created the history Sam believed he’d made.
During her speech at the 2000’s Oscars ceremony after winning Best Actress, Hilary Swank thanked a lot of people forgetting to mention her actor husband Chad Lowe. The fact that TV cameraman cut to him during her speech, expecting Hilary to give him a namecheck, made things worse. In 2005 when she won the same award she righted her wrong but the couple divorced the next year.
There’s no doubt that Angelina Jolie was Hollywood’s wild child but eyebrows were raised in 2000 during her Best Supporting Actress speech when she told everyone at the Oscars that she was “so in love” with her brother James Haven. Coupled with pictures that showed the brother and sister passionately kissing on the lips backstage, the speech set tongues wagging that Angelina and James may be more than just siblings. They later claimed the kiss had been misinterpreted, with actress Cis Rundle, a family friend.
Hosts of the Academy Awards are usually most concerned about the show overrunning with stars, but funnyman Jerry Lewis had the opposite problem in 1959. When the show finished 20 minutes before the Oscars telecast was due to end, Jerry was forced to ad-lib and even took over conducting the orchestra to encourage stars to elongate the Oscars’ closing number There’s No Business Like Showbusiness. Sadly, many of Hollywood’s finest were already heading to the exits for a night of partying, so bosses at broadcaster NBC chose to cut to a short sports documentary on pistol shooting.