Each year artists, actors, and filmmakers gather at the Academy Awards to present Oscars in various categories including performance, cinematography, set design, and many more.
The well-structured event takes weeks of preparation and planning, but it has had its fair share of slip-ups and unexpected surprises.
Here are the top 10 Oscar moments that left viewers speechless.
“I’m sorry, there’s a mistake. ‘Moonlight,’ you guys won best picture. This is not a joke.”
At the 2017 Oscars, an envelope mix-up led to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to announce that “La La Land” had won best picture.
Beatty and Dunaway were apparently given the envelope for best actress, which had already been awarded to Emma Stone for her role in “La La Land.”
Dunaway saw the film title on the card and believed “La La Land” was the best picture winner, which led to a short-lived celebration as the cast and crew of “La La Land” crowded the stage.
Someone from backstage soon ran up to let them know of the mistake, and producer Jordan Horowitz invited the cast of “Moonlight” to the stage by saying, “I’m sorry, there’s a mistake. ‘Moonlight,’ you guys won best picture. This is not a joke.”
Jerry Lewis improvised for 20 minutes when the Oscars ended early.
The comedian had to fill for time.
In 1959, the Oscars ceremony ended 20 minutes early, leaving host and comedian Jerry Lewis to improvise the finale of the show. It was Lewis’ third time hosting the Oscars (he hosted along with Bob Hope, David Niven, Tony Randall, Mort Sahl, and Laurence Olivier) and he handled it with ease, inviting the evening’s presenters and award winners to gather on stage as the orchestra played “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”
The group assembled on stage — which included Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Robert Wagner, and Natalie Wood — started dancing in time with the music. Before NBC cut to a short film, Lewis entertained the crowd by conducting the orchestra and attempting to play the trumpet.
Sammy Davis Jr. had an envelope mix-up in 1964.
Sammy Davis Jr. Oscars/YouTube
Before the “Moonlight” and “La La Land” best picture mix-up, Sammy Davis Jr. had his own envelope mishap at the 1964 Oscars.
Davis Jr. was given the wrong envelope and announced that John Addison had won the award for best music score for an adaptation or treatment. In reality, Addison had won for best original score for his work on “Tom Jones,” and the category winner Davis Jr. should have been was announcing Andre Previn for “Irma La Douce.”
The mistake was quickly corrected, and when Davis Jr. was given the right envelope he even put his glasses on, saying, “I ain’t gonna make no mistake this time, d— it.”
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