40 Of The Biggest And Worst Award Show Fails Over The Years


Award shows are always hugely anticipated events. They are opportunities to see your favorite stars strut their stuff down the red carpet. You can see who is hooking up, breaking up and who is just there for the food. These events have the glitz, the glamour, the tears and the wonderfully embarrassing moments that we just can’t stop watching.

Actors may seem like these otherworldly beings who never make mistakes, but they do slip up. What’s worse, when they do, the whole world is watching.

‘’La La Land” accidentally wins Best Picture

At the 2017 Oscars, there was a mishap which will be remembered for decades. Not only did they name the wrong movie when awarding Best Picture, but they took quite a while to figure it out. Thank-you speeches were already underway by the time that someone sheepishly came on stage to correct the mistake. It was actually Moonlight and not the dazzling musical that had won Best Picture.


The ‘’Adele Dazeem” incident

When you are announcing names at such a prestigious event, it may be a good idea to make sure you have the right name and actually know how to pronounce it correctly. John Travolta did not get this memo in 2014. At this Academy Awards ceremony, he was supposed to present an award to Idina Menzel for the song “Let it Go” from Frozen. Instead, he called her Adele Dazeem and did so in an incredibly odd accent.

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Naming the wrong Miss Universe

Getting the wrong card is one thing, but misreading a card is a whole other type of mistake entirely. How one misreads the Philippines for Colombia is one big mystery. Steve Harvey may be able to shed some light on this, as this is exactly what he did at the Miss Universe announcement of 2015. The mistake was quickly corrected, but not before the wrong woman was crowned.


‘’Hidden Figures” cannot possibly be that hard to remember

The 2017 Oscars ceremony was littered with spectacular blunders. One of them was when Michael Keaton called Hidden Figures “Hidden Fences” instead. But he was not the only one. Laura Bush made the exact same mistake at the pre-show on the red carpet. The third person to make this disastrous mistake was the editorial director of People magazine, also on the red carpet.

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Elizabeth Taylor got a bit trigger happy with the envelope

Announcing a winner is supposed to be done with an air of mystery. One needs to build suspense. Elizabeth Taylor was not about that life at the Golden Globe Awards in 2001. Before she had even announced the nominees for Best Motion Picture, she was already busy opening the envelope that contained the name of the winner. It took Dick Clark actually going up on stage to put a stop to this near-fiasco.

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Harry Styles took an inconvenient bathroom break

When nature calls, we have no other choice but to answer — unless you are about to win an award that is. It does not matter if your bladder is about to burst. You hold it in! Harry Styles, on the other hand, does not seem to be a fan of denying his bodily functions. At the BRIT Awards in 2014, he was M.I.A. while his One Direction bandmates accepted the award. When he eventually chimed in, his excuse was “I’m really sorry. I was having a wee.”


Rihanna’s ex was mistakenly given her award

Celebrity breakups are deplorable. They are public, messy and rife with scandal. Rihanna and Chris Brown had a particularly tumultuous breakup which was fraught with physical abuse allegations. To add insult to injury, Chris Brown was given Rihanna’s award in 2011 at the BET Awards. Apparently, the teleprompter was misread…


The tripping of Jennifer Lawrence

An Oscar is the dream for any actor. They work their entire lives for recognition like that. If one is finally awarded to them, they are ecstatic. They stand up and jubilantly make their way up to the podium. The excitement is palpable — it may even make one trip over their own feet. When Jennifer won her Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook, she was so eager to get on stage that she actually tripped!

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The deplorable hosting done by James and Anne

Hosting the Oscars is a vital job. You need to keep people entertained and add to the general mood of poise and grandeur. James Franco and Anne Hathaway may usually be able to awe people on screen, but they were downright horrible at hosting the Oscars! The year that these two hosted together was just plain awkward for everybody involved.


James Cameron quoting from his own movie

It is not often that you hear a winner toot their own horn at the Oscars. Granted, they may have a reason to, but a little humility never hurt anyone. When he won his Oscars for Titanic, James Cameron decided it would be the perfect time to boast by yelling out a line from his own script. “I’m king of the world” may not have been the best closing line.


Angelina Jolie and her possibly incestuous relationship with her brother

No matter how progressive we get, you can almost bet that incest will always be taboo. So when Angie decided to say, “I am so in love with my brother” when she received her Oscar in 2000 for Girl, Interrupted, she sure raised a few eyebrows. Chances are it’s not really what she meant, but she really could have chosen her words more carefully.


Streaking at the Oscars

Streaking has a long tradition at big events. These are generally sports events, but back in the ‘70s, it even happened at the Oscars. Robert Opel took a run across the stage in his birthday suit at the 1974 Oscars ceremony. He got a few laughs out of the crowd, but on the whole, the sight didn’t cause as much of an uproar as one would think.


The JLo and Gwyneth Paltrow parodies

People generally wear their best to award ceremonies. However, there are times when people take it as an opportunity to make a statement. South Park and The Book of Mormon creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker were not keen on generic suits in 2000. They instead went dressed up as JLo and Gwyneth Paltrow. Not sure if you can really play the “Who wore it better?” game here…


The face-suck between Adrien Brody and Halle Berry

At the Oscars in 2003, people got way more than they bargained for. They got an incredibly steamy and mildly inappropriate make-out session between Adrien and Halle. When he won his Oscar for The Pianist, he decided to show his joy by lip-locking with the closest person at hand. Got to give props to Halle, who didn’t knee him in the nuts but rather went with it.


A very very happy Cuba Gooding Jr.

Sometimes happiness cannot be contained. Sometimes you need to jump, shout and let Tom Cruise know exactly how much you love him. Mr. Gooding did just that. When he won for his role in Jerry Maguire, his enthusiasm simply could not be contained. There was jumping, shouting and a wild declaration of love for everyone.


And the yelling continues with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them. Ben and Matt may just embody all three of these. And yet, there was a beginning. This was 1997, when they won an Oscar for Good Will Hunting. The moment was life-changing for the both of them, and they celebrated this by also yelling declarations of love at the crowd.


Whoopi Goldberg as an actual Queen

Hosts are well within their rights to be quirky at the Oscars. There are some who may just take it a bit too far, though. In 1999, this group included Whoopi when she decided to host the ceremony as Queen Elizabeth I. The look came complete with the dress, face paint and a truly appalling accent!


Ben Stiller the Avatar

Here we have another host who pounced on the opportunity to dress up. In 2010, Ben Stiller decided to go full Avatar at the Oscars. Well, not full avatar — he did still have a suit on. That may have actually made it worse. The cherry on top was when he actually tried to speak Na’vi, the language of the natives in Avatar.


The pure cringe that was Seth Macfarlane as host

The Oscars host is meant to be funny. The event may be prestigious, but it is also supposed to be enjoyable. Seth decided to go with inappropriate. He delivered quips about the Lincoln assassination, domestic abuse and made fat jokes. The tension and disgust in the room were palpable.


Cher’s terrifying wardrobe choice

Cher is known for her outrageous outfits, and a lot of the time, she rocks them. She has somehow managed to pull off the most insane things, but this was not that time. This outfit was shocking. This outfit had people looking around thinking, “Where on earth am I? The Oscars? It can’t be!” There was a cape, a feather headdress, sparkles and straps.


The whitewashing of the Oscars

In 2016, this trend was exposed. But why now? Well, it could have been that for the second year in a row, all the big nominees were white. This is not to say that they were mostly white — they were ALL white. The categories included Best Actor and Actress as well as Best Supporting Actor and Actress. There was zero diversity, which spurred the outrage and subsequent hashtag.


Best Supporting Actress that had to sit at a segregated table

While the whitewashing of the Oscars has only recently had the spotlight shed on it, there is a long history if one knows where to look. Back in 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Oscar, but this did not make people colorblind. She still had to sit at a segregated table.


The snubbing of ‘’Citizen Kane”

There are many who question the fairness of the Oscars. At times, they make the oddest choices concerning the winners of their awards. Citizen Kane is largely considered one the best movies ever made and yet it did not win Best Picture. The award instead went to How Green Was My Valley — an odd choice to say the least.


The awful duet sung by Rob Lowe and Snow White

No one really performs well at karaoke, and if you do, then what planet do you come from? At the 1989 Oscars, this duet was so shockingly awful that Disney even tried to take legal action. This made for a new and profound low in the performance sphere.


Bjork’s swan dress

The naughties were not a time for high fashion. There were low-rise jeans, ponchos and double-denim ensembles. But if there is one dress which epitomizes the oddness of the decade, it’s the swan dress worn by Bjork in 2001. It needs little explanation, as it was literally a swan. There is more, though: She even pretended to lay an egg right there on the red carpet.


The racist joke told by Chris Rock

Where does one draw the line between humor and racism? Each person may have a different opinion on this line, but either way, Chris Rock crossed it. In 2015, he did some sort of skit with Asian children at the Oscars. The offensive part came when he made a joke about Asian children making cellphones. He was met with abject outrage.


Margot Robbie was given the wrong speech

At the 2014 Golden Globes, the Australian actress walked up gracefully onto the stage. She was a vision in white and was set to announce the winner of Best Motion Picture Comedy. This was until they started rolling the wrong speech on the teleprompter. At least she didn’t read it. Instead, she stood there with a totally blank look on her face.


Kendall Jenner’s announcement blunder

5 Seconds of Summer and One Direction are two completely different names. Yes, they both have a number in their name, but that is basically where the comparison ends. Kendall Jenner apparently thinks otherwise. She was supposed to introduce the former at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards but instead started to mention the latter.


Courtney Love interrupting Madonna’s interview

With the sheer volume of celebrities at award ceremonies, it is unsurprising that journalists jump at the chance to get five minutes alone with the biggest stars. The last thing they need is another celebrity crashing their interview. At the 1995 MTV Music Awards, Courtney Love did just that. She flashed the camera and then proceeded to fall flat on her face.


Kristen Stewart dropped her award

There is no real monetary value in the award itself — it is more about what it represents. This does not mean you can just drop it, though. Kristen Stewart appeared to have slippery fingers at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, as her award went crashing down to the floor. In her defense, she did deal with it rather well.


Jessica Mauboy and her questionable mispronunciation

We all get tongue-tied from time to time, but when you have a speech to deliver, chances are you have practiced it ahead of time. You know, to make sure you get the words right. “Debut” is not exactly a tough one. It’s only two syllables. At the ARIA Awards in 2010, Jessica made the frightful mistake of saying “dee-but.” Once is almost excusable, but twice?


Kanye West storming the stage

People might not agree with the winner of a certain award, but there is a way to go about protesting the result. You do not, however, barge onto the stage and steal the microphone. When Kanye did this to Taylor Swift in 2009, people were horrified. Even if you agree with his opinion, his actions were just plain rude.


Iggy Azalea fell off the stage

Even veteran dancers can lose their footing. They are human after all and prone to mistakes. Hopefully, it is just a small misstep and not a giant tumble off the stage. Poor Iggy, on the other hand, fell right off the stage when she was performing at a pre-MTV VMAs concert.


Katy Perry picks up the wrong award

The NRJ Music Awards are hosted in France and not exempt from the mistakes that plague the industry. Granted, they speak a different language there, which could account for the mishap that occurred in 2009. They gave the award for Best International Single to Katy Perry instead of the actual winner, Rihanna.


Michael Jackson got given an award which does not exist

In 2002, the King of Pop was introduced by Britney Spears at the MTV VMAs. She went on to call him the “Artist of the Millennium.” Jackson went on to take this as an award. He gave an acceptance speech and everything. Unfortunately, it is not actually an award — just a figure of speech.


Brandon Block tries to accept an award that he wasn’t even nominated for

For this blunder, we head to the BRIT Awards again. This time, there was a drunk DJ who apparently missed the memo that he wasn’t even nominated for the award he was trying to accept. He had to be forcibly removed from the stage before proceedings could resume. Clearly, it is quite dangerous to get wasted at these events.


Technical difficulty plus Jimmy Fallon

At the 74th Golden Globe Awards, there appeared to be some sort of technical malfunction with the teleprompters. Poor Fallon was left to attempt an improvised monologue while he waited for things to get up and running again. At one point, he seemed to try to look for inspiration from Justin Timberlake’s smile…


Jeremy Renner talks about JLo’s breasts

The two were announcing the Best Actor in a TV Series or Mini-Series at the Golden Globes in 2015 when Renner made an offhand comment about his fellow announcer’s breasts. Sure, she was showing a bit of cleavage, but was it necessary to announce that? Jenny from the Block seemed to laugh it off and carry on with the announcement, but really, Renner?


Tongue tied Andrew Garfield

It is very easy to trip over one’s words. We do it all the time. Talking is tough, man. Apparently, even for Mr. Garfield. At the 68th Golden Globes, he had quite a bit of difficulty getting around the word “inspiringly.” Luckily, he was able to smile it off quite adorably, and after a few tries, he got it right in the end.

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Paul Rudd and his technical difficulty

He handled it like an absolute professional, though. He and Salma Hayek were sort of left standing when the teleprompter failed at the Golden Globes. They both laughed it off and managed to make light of the situation. One thing is for sure: It could have been a whole lot worse if Paul Rudd wasn’t as funny as he is.