Will Roger's Iconic Mistake
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One of the first iconic moments on the Oscars stage happens to be an incident that was unfortunately repeated in the most recent years of the show.
In 1934, Actor Will Rogers was named as the host and presenter of all the awards. When he got on stage to present the award for Best Director, the worst thing that could’ve happened, happened. Will Rogers said “Come up and get it, Frank”, but there were two directors name Frank who were up for the award, and the wrong one hopped on stage causing one of the first most awkward moments in the show’s history.
Marlon Brando's Political Statement
Notoriously known for resenting the prestigious show, Marlon Brando decided to take the 1973 show into his own hands. As he was announced the winner of Best Actor for “The Godfather”, someone else had the opportunity to accept the award for him since he doesn’t attend the awards.
He sent female Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather up on stage to not only accept the award, but to make a political statement. This would be the first time the Oscars stage is used as a political platform, something that is very common at today’s award shows.
The Streaking Incident
In 1974, one of the most unpredictable things happened in awards show history. Photographer Robert Opel had his opportunity and ran with it.
As actor David Niven was about to introduce Elizabeth Taylor as the next presenter, Opel stripped down to just his moustache and ran across the stage.
Surprisingly, he was not arrested or even kicked out of the show. He actually got a chance to explain himself backstage in the press room. He said “You know, people shouldn't be ashamed of being nude in public. Besides, it is a hell of a way to launch a career.”
'They Like Me, They Really Like Me'
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While accepting her award for Best Actress in 1985, Sally Field uttered what would be one of the most famous misquotes in history. She was so nervous on stage she panicked and said “I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me.” Which is not what people are used to hearing.
People are more familiar with the quote being “you like me, you really like me.” Since that moment, the misquote has gone down in history.
Cher's Most Unforgettable Outfit
Legendary pop icon Cher would make one of the most memorable moments in Oscars history at the 1986 award show.
The “Believe” singer made a massive statement in a jaw-dropping feather headpiece and black beaded outfit. When asked about her outfit, Cher said “As you can see, I did receive my Academy booklet on how to dress like a serious actress."
Samuel L. Jackson's Slip
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Usually when a nominee loses in their category, they politely put on a smile and clap for their peer who came out victorious. But Samuel L. Jackson was not having it at the 1995 show.
With a camera on each nominee, everyone was able to see the reactions of the losers. But it seems Samuel L. Jackson didn’t care that everyone had their eyes on him. As Martin Landau was announced the winner, in classic Samuel L. Jackson fashion, the actor reacted a singular word, “s***”.
Maybe next time, Jackson.
When Adrien Brody Crossed The Line
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In possibly the most awkward moment in Oscars history, Adrien Brody got way too excited after finding out he had won for Best Actor for his work in “The Pianist” in 2003.
While arriving on stage to accept his statue, the actor thought it would be appropriate to grab the presenter, which happened to be Halle Berry, and plant one on her.
After the non-consensual kiss, Berry told Access Hollywood that the kiss was less then enjoyable saying, “Since we didn't really kiss, I can't tell you how good he was, but I can tell you this. He was wet.”
Heath Ledger's Legacy
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In one of his most iconic roles, late actor Heath Ledger gained an Oscar nomination for his incredible work as The Joker in “The Dark Knight”. Unfortunately, in a heart-breaking event the talented actor passed away before the film was even released.
But his skills did not go unnoticed as he won the statue for Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Oscars. His family took the stage to accept the award on his behalf of his daughter Matilda, whose mother is Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams.
Kathryn Bigelow's Historic Win
It’s hard to believe that it took 82 years of Oscars before a female was announced as the winner for Best Director.
At the 2010 awards show, Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” was up against stiff competition like James Cameron for “Avatar” and Quentin Tarantino for “Inglourious Basterds”.
But Katherine Bigelow came out on top and marked a historic moment for all female directors.
Jennifer Lawrence's Klutziness Takes Over
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In classic Jennifer Lawrence fashion, possibly the biggest moment of her career was almost ruined by her klutziness back in 2013.
She was announced as the Best Actress winner for her brilliant performance in “Silver Linings Playbook” and became tripped up in her dress while making her way up the stairs to the stage.
When asked backstage what was going through her mind when she fell, the Oscar winner hilariously replied “A bad word that I can’t say… that starts with F.”
Ellen’s Star-Studded Oscar Selfie
Just one year after Jennifer Lawrence’s iconic fall, this historic moment took place. Ellen DeGeneres, everyone’s favourite TV show host and host of the Oscars that year, snapped the selfie of the century.
In the spur of the moment, Ellen, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Lupita and Peter Nyong’o, Jared Leto, Angelina Jolie, Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts, Channing Tatum, and the Oscars queen herself Meryl Streep, all jumped in for a photo.
When Ellen shared this picture to Twitter, 3.3 million people retweeted it and another 2.3 million people liked it, making it the most retweeted tweet in history until it was surpassed in 2017.
John Travolta's Verbal Slip
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Another awkward moment that will go down in history happened between two iconic stars, John Travolta and Idina Menzel.
In 2014, the “Grease” star took to the stage to introduce the “Wicked” singer and actress. But when he was reading off the prompter, for some reason he pronounced her name as “Adele Dazeem”. This was a major flub that made headlines everywhere the following morning.
Idina Mezel Gets Revenge
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The next year, “Adele Dazeem” would get her revenge. Idina Menzel hit the stage to introduce her presenting partner, which was John Travolta.
Once on stage, Menzel gets her revenge by saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage my very dear friend Glom Gazingo.” Travolta then walked on stage and said he deserved that joke.
But the cringey-ness was far from over. Travolta then grabbed Menzel’s face and said: “But you, you my darling, my beautiful, my wickedly talented Idina Menzel. Is that right?” This led Menzel to awkwardly giggle, then move on with the show. Yikes.
Leonardo DiCaprio's Moment
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Leonardo DiCaprio had been chasing the golden statue for a very, very long time. Since he was first nominated in 1994 for his amazing performance in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”, he has been nominated five times in the last 25 years.
Finally in 2016, he got his moment. Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor for his performance in “The Revenant”.
Best Picture Mix-Up
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What happened at the 2017 awards show seemed familiar to those with the knowledge of the Oscars past. In a very similar event to the 1934 Best Director mix up, there was another mistake made by the presenters.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly named “La La Land” as the winner of the Best Picture category. But it turns out the actual winner was “Moonlight”.
It was one of the most awkward moments in Oscars history when the “La La Land” producer took the mic to make the mistake known saying while holding up with card with the true winner, “This is not a joke. ‘Moonlight’ has won Best Picture. ‘Moonlight’. Best Picture.”
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Probably the most talked about moment from the 2019 Academy Awards was the performance of “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
The track took home the Oscar for Best Original Song but lost the other major categories like Best Picture and Best Actress for Gaga.