7 goof-up moments of stars from Oscar ceremonies that were too funny to forget
Whenever there is a live award ceremony or an event, chances are that things will go wrong at some point. So, when it is a prestigious event like the Oscars, even a little goof-up can make the headlines. During the glorious run of the Academy Awards, some mistakes are hard to watch.
So, as we await the results, let’s take a walk down the memory lane and revisit 7 of the biggest goof-ups that happened during the ceremony!
Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty
It was the year 2017 when Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty named La La Land as the best film, but later it was announced Moonlight was actually the winner. It was one of the biggest errors made on the stage as the La La Land team even came up on the stage to collect their trophy.
Everyone was left confused when John Travolta botched Idina Menzel’s big moment as he introduced her as Adela Dazeem. He then confessed that it was the Broadway star’s name to the phonetic spelling that caused the confusion.
Just because there was no Twitter in the year 1985, doesn’t mean there were no errors back then. During that function, Laurence Olivier arrived on the stage as presenter of the award for best picture. The veteran actor, who is a four-time Oscar winner, forgot to announce the nominees.
During the 1974 Oscars, Robert Opel, who is a gay rights activist, apparently sneaked backstage posing as a journalist to gain entry to the stage. He then ran naked past David Niven flashing a peace sign. Everyone was shocked to see this but the situation was handled by David as he cleverly remarked, “Well, ladies and gentlemen, that was almost bound to happen… But isn’t it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?”
Sammy Davis Jr
It 1964, it was Sammy Davis Jr who announced the wrong winner. He arrived on the stage to present the award for Best Musical Score. He was handed the wrong envelope and he proceeded to announce Tom Jones as the winner. Fun fact, Tom Jones wasn’t even nominated!
It was the case of two Franks! In 1933 Academy Awards, Frank Capra and Frank Lloyd were both nominated in the Best Director category and Will Rogers made the announcement. He said, “Come on up and get it Frank!” and Frank Capra started moving to the stage, later it was clarified that it was Lloyd who won the prize.
During the acceptance speech for the best original song Oscar, Sam Smith claimed that he is perhaps the first openly gay man to win an Academy Award. This was far from the truth as Elton John, Dustin Lance Black, Howard Ashman and Scott Rudin were all openly gay when they accepted their Oscars.