In light of this year’s disastrous screw-up at the Oscars, we thought that we would take a look back at the most hilarious and cringe-worthy award show fails in history. There’s no shortage of them either. Add nervous people presenting awards to their esteemed peers to a good quantity of free booze, and restrictive and ridiculously expensive clothing, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Some of the people who screw up are able to laugh it off and appreciate the hilarious blooper, while others find that the mistake follows them for the rest of their career.
1. Best Picture screw-up, Oscars 2017
At the recent 2017 Oscars, anyone who was still awake for the last and biggest award of the night was treated to brilliantly awkward screw-up. Legendary actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were tasked with presenting the Best Picture winner, and instead of giving them the correct envelope, the accounting firm in charge of distributing the award envelopes gave them a double of an earlier award. This lead to Beatty looking at the envelope in askance for a minute before announcing La La Land as the winner. The producer of La La Land graciously handed the statuette to the true winners, the cast and crew of Moonlight, once the mistake was made clear.