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Oscars: 10 awful moments in Academy Awards history
Fox News ^ | 02/22/2013

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 didn’t 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 everyone’s 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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TOPICS: History; Music/Entertainment; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: academyawards; oscars

1 posted on 02/22/2013 10:23:11 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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TINE FEY TO ANNE HATHAWAY AT THE 2013 GOLDEN GLOBES:

"Anne Hathaway, you gave a stunning performance in Les Misérables. I haven't seen you so totally alone and abandoned like that since you were onstage with James Franco at the Oscars."


2 posted on 02/22/2013 10:26:02 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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TINE FEY TO ANNE HATHAWAY AT THE 2013 GOLDEN GLOBES:

"Anne Hathaway, you gave a stunning performance in Les Misérables. I haven't seen you so totally alone and abandoned like that since you were onstage with James Franco at the Oscars."


3 posted on 02/22/2013 10:26:17 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

What about Hattie McDaniel’s wardrobe malfunction back in 1940 ?


4 posted on 02/22/2013 10:28:35 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: SeekAndFind
I found it interesting to note that every one of the “ 10 awful moments in Academy Awards history” happened in 1970 and later. The most coming since 2000. Prior to 1970 Hollywood, like the rest of America had at least some class and breeding. I think it corresponds with the decline and fall of America. Our decline started with the maturity of the Worst Generation, the children of the the Greatest Generation.
5 posted on 02/22/2013 10:33:18 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: SeekAndFind
10. Cringeworthy.
9. Entertaining.
8. Hilarious!
7. Yeah, pretty silly considering hadn't he recently gotten busted banging a 16-year old (and filming it)?
6. It was great watching him get booed.
5. In 1997, he was King of the World.
4. Not awful. I always appreciated it when crazy, off-the-wall, unexpected events happened to take the boredom away from the show and give us something to talk about the next day.
3. See number 4. The stars are too well-behaved and conformist these days.
2. Yeah, this was pretty uncomfortable.
1. Wrong. The number One most awful Oscar moment was watching Dances with Wolves beat out Goodfellas for 1991's Best Picture.
6 posted on 02/22/2013 10:34:16 AM PST by Drew68
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To: SeekAndFind
In 2012, Sacha Baron Cohen turned up at the Academy Awards dressed as his movie character “The Dictator” and dumped gray “ashes” on everyone’s favorite red carpet host Ryan Seacrest. The “American Idol” host handled the ambush like a pro and quickly returned to his red carpet interviews.

Seacrest can be insufferably smug and smarmy at time, but the man is a pro at keeping the show moving at the right pace.

7 posted on 02/22/2013 10:34:36 AM PST by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: Drew68
1991's Best Picture.

Oops. Telecast aired in '91. Awards were for 1990's films.

8 posted on 02/22/2013 10:36:46 AM PST by Drew68
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To: SeekAndFind

Palance pushups were great actually


9 posted on 02/22/2013 10:39:08 AM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: SeekAndFind

#9 - Better than the push-ups was his line for host and film co-star Billy Crystal: “I crap bigger than you!”


10 posted on 02/22/2013 10:39:19 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Tupelo

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.


11 posted on 02/22/2013 10:39:46 AM PST by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: SeekAndFind
C.J.: They sent me two turkeys. The most photo-friendly of the two gets a Presidential pardon and a full life at a children's zoo. The runner-up gets eaten.

Bartlet: If the Oscars were like that, I'd watch.

12 posted on 02/22/2013 10:39:59 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Tupelo
This was one of the most notorious OSCAR moments.



David Niven gave a great line after that by dead panning :
"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?"

I wonder what ever happened to the streaker... was he ever arrested?
13 posted on 02/22/2013 10:40:08 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


14 posted on 02/22/2013 10:42:38 AM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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


15 posted on 02/22/2013 10:43:41 AM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: Drew68

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.”


16 posted on 02/22/2013 10:44:58 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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Worst moments...every time Whoopi Goldberg hosted it.


17 posted on 02/22/2013 10:46:48 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
I saw clips of the Jack Palance and David Niven things.

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.

18 posted on 02/22/2013 10:52:01 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


19 posted on 02/22/2013 10:53:47 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: drbuzzard
Last one I saw was probably Saving Private Ryan, and that was underwhelming.

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.

20 posted on 02/22/2013 10:59:35 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: drbuzzard

Hanks hasn’t done a decent movie since “Bachelor Party.”


21 posted on 02/22/2013 11:00:14 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: SeekAndFind

What? No mention of when David Letterman hosted and totally made an ass out of himself?


22 posted on 02/22/2013 11:01:41 AM PST by Bullish (This usurper is leaving one hell of a poop stain on our Constitution)
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How is it any different than what that soulless bastard does every night on his talk show ?


23 posted on 02/22/2013 11:05:00 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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RE: No mention of when David Letterman hosted and totally made an ass out of himself?

“Uma” “Oprah”, “Uma” “Oprah” ( REPEAT SEVERAL TIMES ).

NOT FUNNY!!


24 posted on 02/22/2013 11:08:20 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey, Jim...never seen ‘Titanic’ OR ‘Avatar’, and I’m damn sure I never will.


25 posted on 02/22/2013 11:08:20 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Avatar, aka Pocahontas in Space.


26 posted on 02/22/2013 11:17:55 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: who knows what evil?; massgopguy
Avatar, aka Dances With Smurfs
27 posted on 02/22/2013 11:33:13 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


28 posted on 02/22/2013 11:33:29 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wha......I thought worst moment was Ellen Page losing Best Actress to Marion Cotillard in 2007? Shocked, I must say! /mostly sarc


29 posted on 02/22/2013 11:43:36 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: SeekAndFind

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?


30 posted on 02/22/2013 11:57:15 AM PST by D_Idaho ("For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...")
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


31 posted on 02/22/2013 12:04:30 PM PST by bravo whiskey (“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”)
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To: SeekAndFind

People watch the Oscars these days?


32 posted on 02/22/2013 12:19:07 PM PST by lurk
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To: Bullish
What? No mention of when David Letterman hosted and totally made an ass out of himself? "

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.

33 posted on 02/22/2013 12:20:14 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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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.


34 posted on 02/22/2013 12:23:40 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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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’).

See here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award

Well, at least in America, that’s 7 million people less than those on food stamps. :)


35 posted on 02/22/2013 12:28:04 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Sgt_Schultze

Just wait until Denzel Washington wins this Sunday.


36 posted on 02/22/2013 1:53:07 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Sgt_Schultze

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!”


37 posted on 02/22/2013 2:03:28 PM PST by GnL
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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.


38 posted on 02/22/2013 2:28:02 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: SeekAndFind
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.

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.

39 posted on 02/22/2013 2:43:44 PM PST by x
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Number 1 most awful: Michelle Obama announcing Best Picture.
40 posted on 02/25/2013 3:36:29 AM PST by Truth29
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These insuffereable dolts should just be honest and have their thankyou speech simple be “I want to thank ME, MYSELF and I”


41 posted on 02/25/2013 9:50:39 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: lurk

Homosexuals, RINOs, and women with Homosexual “friends”.


42 posted on 02/25/2013 10:18:51 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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