Awards Shows Have A Long History Of Totally Fucking Up

Remember Adele Dazeem? *Shudders*

Awards Shows Have A Long History Of Totally Fucking Up

Julianne Ishler

‘La La Land’ producers Jordan Horowitz (left) and Mike Platt (right) at the Oscars Sunday night.

Remember ‘Adele Dazeem’? *Shudders*

By now, you’ve probably been unable to avoid the great Oscars fail of 2017, when “La La Land” was mistakenly awarded Best Picture despite “Moonlight” actually winning.

The “La La Land” filmmakers took the stage to accept the award from presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, before Jordan Horowitz, the producer of “La La Land” took the mic and said: “Sorry, guys, hold on. There’s a mistake. ‘Moonlight,’ you guys won best picture. This is not a joke.”

Sure, it was one of the most embarrassing mistakes in Academy Awards history, and awkward for literally everyone from Dunaway and Beatty, to the “La La Land” filmmakers to Ryan Gosling, who seemed to get a kick out of it.

However, it’s hardly the only awards show flub that’s gone down in history for its awkwardness. Here are six other mistakes just as bad as last night’s flub.

Sammy Davis Jr. announces wrong winner at the Oscars (1964)

Believe it or not, balloting leaders handed presenter Sammy Davis Jr. the wrong envelope at the Oscars in 1964. Davis was presenting the award for Best Music Score and announced the winner as John Addison for the movie “Tom Jones.” Addison hadn’t even been nominated. (The winner was actually Andre Previn for “Irma La Douce.”)

Elizabeth Taylor forgets to read the nominees (2001)

While presenting an award at the 2001 Golden Globes, Elizabeth Taylor opened the envelope before announcing the nominees. The most awkward part? The crowd was yelling at her to stop but girl didn’t take a hint. Producer Dick Clark had to come up on stage and tell her to cut it out.

“Hidden Figures” becomes “Hidden Fences” — twice (2017)

Both Michael Keaton and Jenna Bush Hager (who is George W. Bush’s daughter and a journalist) accidentally combined the names of two films driven by black casts at this year’s Golden Globes. It was awkward enough when Bush asked Pharrell Williams about his film “Hidden Figures,” calling it “Hidden Fences”—but when Keaton presented Viola Davis an award for “Fences,” he too, called her film “Hidden Fences.”

Chris Brown announced as winner at BET Awards instead of Rihanna (2011)

Given Chris Brown’s history and Rihanna’s assault allegations against him, this was an especially uncomfortable moment. Due to a teleprompter error, presenter Tiffany Green announced Chris Brown as the winner of the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award at the BET Awards in 2011, when it was Rihanna who had actually won. RiRi wasn’t even in attendance for the ceremony, so Drake went to accept it on her behalf.

After the ceremony, BET tweeted that Brown was, in fact, the winner.

John Travolta introduces Idina Menzel as Adele Dazeem

In perhaps the most quotable Oscars mishap, John Travolta mispronounced Idina Menzel’s name during the 2014 ceremony. When introducing the “Frozen” star’s performance of “Let It Go,” he called her “Adele Dazeem.” THAT’S NOT EVEN CLOSE TO HER REAL NAME.

Steve Harvey announces the wrong Miss Universe winner

In what’s possibly the most embarrassing #AwardsShowFail — and which has incited tons of memes and Steve Harvey jokes — the talk show host misread the winner card at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant, crowning Miss Columbia instead of Miss Philippines. Right after Miss Columbia was crowned, Harvey announced his mistake on live TV in a cringeworthy speech, before handing over the crown to Miss Philippines.

After the Oscars “La La Land”/”Moonlight” mixup, host Jimmy Kimmel jokingly blamed Steve Harvey for the incident. Harvey is now offering to console Warren Beatty. Between all memes and fired up reactions, it seems like Beatty should definitely take Harvey up on that.