Best Award Show Fails

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.

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2. Steve Harvey announces the wrong winner at Miss Universe 2015

One of the most embarrassing mistakes in Miss Universe history came in 2015, when host Steve Harvey accidentally announced the wrong Miss Universe. The crown was supposed to go to Miss Philippines, but instead Ariadna Gutierrez, Miss Colombia, was announced as the winner. She received the crown and flowers before the mistake was identified. The most awkward part of the night was that the official Miss Universe crown had to be physically taken off Gutierrez’s head and placed on Pia Wurtzbach, the actual winner.

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3. John Travolta mispronounces Idina Menzel’s name at the 2014 Oscars

A few years ago at the Oscars, it was clear that no one had thought to give John Travolta pronunciation lessons before letting him go onstage to announce the upcoming performer. It was Idina Menzel, singing the mega-popular song “Let It Go” from Frozen. Instead of pronouncing her name correctly (which actually doesn’t seem that hard), he called her Adele Dazeem. This led to countless memes and the creation of an online generation which would tell you how Travolta would mispronounce your name.

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