Tuning in to watch the Oscars on March 4? Prepare yourself for the agita, because awards shows offer up awkwardness in spades. And despite how uncomfortable they make us feel, we just can't look away. With 88 years of Oscars ceremonies behind us, there were plenty of dear-God-please-make-it-stop moments to choose from, like when the wrong winners were announced or someone went streaking across the stage. Ahead, all the times we cringed during the Academy Awards throughout the years.
Just as host David Niven was introducing Elizabeth Taylor to present the award for "Best Picture," a naked man ran across the stage behind him. The man in question was photographer Robert Opel, who worked for the LGBTQ magazine, The Advocate. Niven was quick to say, "Isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?"
Joile's brother, James, attended the Oscars with her, and they showed they were closer than the average siblings. The two shared a kiss on the lips, and people felt it was an interview.. A family friend gave some insight on the scene. "The day she kissed Jamie at the Oscars, it was the first day [her mom] was treated for cancer. They left the hospital together and got ready together,” the source said in
People were stunned when Björk walked the red carpet in a frilly swan dress—and even more so when she strategically "laid" six ostrich eggs on the red carpet. The now infamous dress is honored in the Museum of Modern art.
Five years after their divorce, Aniston was forced to present an Oscar right in front of Pitt and his girlfriend at the time, Angelina Jolie—and she was noticeably uncomfortable (as were we) about the whole thing.
In reversed gender roles, Franco wore a satin pink gown and Hathaway wore a tuxedo to host the 2011 Oscars. Despite their attempted comedic act, people weren't impressed and even referred to it as "one of the worst Oscar telecasts in history." Many critics pointed out that Hathaway seemed to be trying too hard while Franco wasn't trying hard enough.
After Jolie posed in her side-slit gown at the Oscars, people began photoshopping her right leg onto other images—ultimately leading to the notorious "Angie's right leg" meme. Jolie didn't comment at the time, but later went on to say, "I honestly didn't pay attention to it. I don't watch those TV shows and if I go online and see something about myself, I don't click on it. And the people I surround myself with don't really talk about that kind of stuff," she said. "I heard something, but I didn't pay any attention. It's as simple as being a woman picking a dress you like and having a night, and not really thinking about anything else."
On her way up to the stage to accept "Best Actress" for her role in Silver Lining's Playbook, Lawrence tripped on the stairs. After hanging her head for a second, she went on to give her speech and collect her Oscar.
Poor Lawrence fell at the Oscars, making that two years in a row she's fallen—but this time she nearly took someone else down with her.
Despite Johansson's captured reaction in this photo, the actress said Travolta's Oscar kisses were more than acceptable. "The image that is circulating is an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was very sweet and totally welcome," Johansson said. "That still photo does not reflect what preceded and followed if you see the moment live."
Penn really angered people when he announced the winner for "Best Picture," Birdman. Before he called the name, he joked "Who gave this son of a b**ch a green card?" referring to Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu—and people accused Penn of being "racist and offensive."
Harris pulled off the biggest magic trick while hosting the Oscars, locking his winner predictions in a briefcase inside a glass box—and his guesses were shockingly accurate. Derek DelGaudio, a writer for Harris' show said, “At the Oscars, anything the host says is perceived as a ‘bit’ or ‘gag’ and there is little expectation of sincerity or truth." He added, "So, it’s very difficult to create an astonishing moment of disbelief when they never believed you in the first place.”
Harris fully committed to putting on an entertaining show, so much so that he stripped down into nothing but his underwear, socks, and shoes on stage. Turns out he was just doing a bit to pay tribute to the movie .
During his acceptance speech, Smith hinted that he might have been the first openly gay man to receive an Oscar—but he was wrong. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Elton John, Dustin Lance Black, Howard Ashman, and Scott Rudin were all openly gay when they accepted their Oscars."
That awkward moment when everyone thinks you're dead, but really people confused you for someone else—yeah, that's what happened to Jan Chapman. A photo of the Australian costume designer was mistakenly used to honor another costume designer, Janet Patterson during the "In Memoriam" portion of the evening. Chapman was rightfully "devastated" when she saw her photo.
Kidman was caught on camera clapping—which doesn't sound strange because it's an awards show and people clap for other people. But she was criticized for the way she clapped, which Kidman later explained was in an effort not to damage the rings she was wearing.