Skip to comments.Oscars: 10 awful moments in Academy Awards history
Posted on 02/22/2013 10:23:00 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Though meticulously planned, film's most important night of the year rarely goes off without a hitch. When you get too many of Hollywood's biggest names in a room, there's bound to be some mayhem. Here are the 10 worst Oscar moments of all time.
10. James Franco and Anne Hathaway host the Oscars
James Franco and Anne Hathaway are great actors, but the two didnt make such great Oscar hosts in 2011. They were called boring, spectacularly bad and the like by critics across the board. The worst moment of the night came when Franco dressed up as Marilyn Monroe, pretty much guarantying that he would never again host the awards show.
9. Jack Palance shows us he can do push ups
Jack Palance had already showed the world he was the best supporting actor out there in 1992, so he decided to show off his strength when he took the Oscars stage to accept the award. He used his time in the spotlight to show he could do a one-armed push up...in fact he did several. The actor then continued with a strange, rambling speech.
8. Sacha Baron Cohen dumps ashes on Ryan Seacrest
In 2012, Sacha Baron Cohen turned up at the Academy Awards dressed as his movie character The Dictator and dumped gray ashes on everyones favorite red carpet host Ryan Seacrest. The American Idol host handled the ambush like a pro and quickly returned to his red carpet interviews.
7. Rob Lowe sings and dances with Snow White
The 1989 Oscars opener featured a beyond awkward musical number, during which Rob Lowe sung and danced alongside Eileen Bowman dressed as Snow White. The ensemble is said to have destroyed the career of its producer, Allan Carr.
6. Michael Moore gets political 2003
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What about Hattie McDaniel’s wardrobe malfunction back in 1940 ?
Seacrest can be insufferably smug and smarmy at time, but the man is a pro at keeping the show moving at the right pace.
Oops. Telecast aired in '91. Awards were for 1990's films.
Palance pushups were great actually
#9 - Better than the push-ups was his line for host and film co-star Billy Crystal: “I crap bigger than you!”
Actually it ties to 2 things:
Hollywood reporters have no memory, nobody wants to put a list out there featuring a bunch of names nobody reading the story will recognize
In 1974 the length of the broadcast jumped, it used to almost never be more than 2 1/2 hours, now it’s almost never under 3 1/2 hours. More self congratulation, more drinking, more incidents.
Bartlet: If the Oscars were like that, I'd watch.
I find it odd that they left out the moment that guaranteed that I would never watch the awards again. It was back when tom Hanks got an awards for Philadelphia and went on a long tirade about how AIDS was the fault of the Reagan administration and that we didn’t do enough AIDS research, and rambled on a bunch of absolute BS.
Hell, I have trouble even watching a Hanks movie anymore. Last one I saw was probably Saving Private Ryan, and that was underwhelming.
Niven’s famous line over the streaker was “Well, ladies and gentlemen, that was almost bound to happen... But isn’t it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?”
most folks think Jack Haley Jr instigated it on purpose for that now legendary line
I remember it well
Hope or Carson...there is no substitute
RE: In 1997, he was King of the World.
James Cameron got verbally whacked by Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes this year :
“I haven’t been following the controversy surrounding Zero Dark Thirty,” Poehler said after drawing attention to nominated director Kathryn Bigelow. “But when it comes to torture, I trust the woman who spent three years married to James Cameron.”
Worst moments...every time Whoopi Goldberg hosted it.
But I am glad that I don't have a clue about the other events. I boycott Hollywood and the Media. If it wasn't for Rush and Levin, I wouldn't know Chris Matthews or Piers Morgan existed.
I’m of the opinion that about 0.002% of the “legitimate” films made in Hollywood in the last 70 years are even worth a bucket of warm spit.I don’t give a rat’s hindquarters what happens at the Oscars...never have,never will.
Can't agree with ya there.SPR is a genuine classic for several reasons...one of which is that it's at least loosely based on real events.It was great in spite of Hanks,not because of him.Sgt Horvath,Doc and Jackson made that film.Mellish and Caparzo were also outstanding.
Hanks hasn’t done a decent movie since “Bachelor Party.”
What? No mention of when David Letterman hosted and totally made an ass out of himself?
How is it any different than what that soulless bastard does every night on his talk show ?
RE: No mention of when David Letterman hosted and totally made an ass out of himself?
“Uma” “Oprah”, “Uma” “Oprah” ( REPEAT SEVERAL TIMES ).
Hey, Jim...never seen ‘Titanic’ OR ‘Avatar’, and I’m damn sure I never will.
Avatar, aka Pocahontas in Space.
I thought the worst was when Halle Berry won for best actress and praised the groundbreaking moment. The membership erupted in self congratulation while not realizing it was themselves who had never nominated or awarded an oscar to a black female for best actress. Normal Americans never had a vote, only the membership of the academy had that privilege.
Wha......I thought worst moment was Ellen Page losing Best Actress to Marion Cotillard in 2007? Shocked, I must say! /mostly sarc
Interesting list. However, for me, the most cringe-worthy Oscar moment was watching the arrogant, commie-loving assh*le Coen brothers and that she-clown Frances McDormand, sitting on their hands when Elia Kazan was given a Lifetime Achievement award. Elia Kazan!! Could anyone in the audience that night compare their body of work to him?
john wayne accepting his award for TRUE GRIT is great. and david niven was always a class act. not only have i not watched the oscars for 20 years i usually have never seen any of the films and don’t even recognize the titles for half of them.
People watch the Oscars these days?
Yeah, his "Uma...Oprah. Oprah...Uma" was pretty stupid. I'd also add Whoopi Goldberg hosting the Oscars as one the its awful moments. After Bob Hope stopped hosting them, the only other host I've ever enjoyed is Billy Crystal.
Somebody else mentioned Johnny Carson. Forgot about him as hosting the Oscars. He did a decent job too, along with Crystal. You can tell Hollywood has gone down the tubes since they haven’t been able to find the likes of Hope or Carson to regularly host.
RE: People watch the Oscars these days?
Last year, nearly 40 million Americans watched the Oscars. That’s one out of every eight Americans. More than those who bothered to listen to Obama’s SOTU speech.
And that doesn’t include the telecast worldwide, which is close to a BILLION ( with a ‘B’).
Well, at least in America, that’s 7 million people less than those on food stamps. :)
Just wait until Denzel Washington wins this Sunday.
You’re right. I just watched that on youtube. How pathetic. That building was just dripping with self-importance, which it seems to every year, and why I never watch the sad spectacle. So many fake tears and thanks to meaningless people, when all they really want to do is yell, “I am so awesome!”
I remember that year. She won and her boyfriend stood up trying to get a standing ovation. That was the last year I was serious about watching the Academy Awards.
Why awful? It was silly, but not terrible, and not really so very strange for Hollywood.
Just another odd moment out of many off-kilter Oscar moments.
Jack Palance probably wasn't really the Best Supporting Actor that year either, but let that go, too.
Cameron's "King of the World" speech?
Silly, but ... well just silly and nothing more.
Hillary Swank forgetting to thank her husband (or wife or whatever) ... that was terrible.
These insuffereable dolts should just be honest and have their thankyou speech simple be “I want to thank ME, MYSELF and I”
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