The 89th Academy Awards will go down as the most memorable Oscars ever. After all, who can forget the Best Picture goof-up that took place last night? The wrong envelope was handed to the presenters, who announced La La Land as the winners, while it was Moonlight who actually bagged the award. It was an awkward moment on stbage, where the La La Land team had already gathered to collect their award, only to realize that they had, in fact, lost.
However, this isn’t the first time a blunder of this nature took place at the Oscars. In fact, the most prestigious award ceremony has a history of making errors. Here are some of the biggest gaffes of all time:
What’s in a Name?
This isn’t the first time the wrong name was announced as the Oscar winner. Well, almost. In 1934, Will Rogers announced the Best Director winner as Frank. Only, there were two nominees named Frank – Frank Lloyd (Cavalcade) and Frank Capra (Lady for a Day). Both went up on stage, and Capra had to return to his seat empty-handed.
The Missing Oscar
It’s common knowledge that if the winner is not attending the ceremony, someone close to the person collects it on their behalf. In 1938, Alice Brady was not present to pick up her award for Best Supporting Actress for In Old Chicago. The Oscars presented her award to a total stranger, who disappeared shortly after with the trophy and was never seen again.
The winner’s name is engraved on the statue. But in 1938, the Oscars messed up once again. The Best Actor statue showed the name "Dick Tracy", while it was Spencer Tracy who won the award for Captains Courageous. We are not sure if this was a mistake or a practical joke, but a new statue had to be made with the correct engraving.
A ceremony attended by so many celebrities is bound to have the highest amount of security. But back in 1974, a photographer named Robert Opel managed to get on stage. That wouldn’t have been so bad but then he took his clothes off and ran across the stage, while David Niven was there to present an award. The whole spectacle was broadcasted on live TV.
The Sore Loser
Remember the episode in F.R.I.E.N.D.S in which Joey curses on camera after losing an award to someone else? That happened in real too! In 1995, Samuel L. Jackson was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his famous role in Pulp Fiction. But the award went to Martin Landau for Ed Wood, and Jackson was seen mouthing "Shit!" on camera.
In Memoriam Mix-Up
The Best Picture mix-up wasn’t the worst gaffe at the Oscars this year. The ‘In Memoriam’ segment of the ceremony, which honors the artists that the industry lost, featured a person who is still alive! In place of Janet Patterson, the costume designer who passed away in October last year, the video montage showed Jan Chapman, a producer who is alive and well. Go home Oscars, you’re drunk!