9 Really awkward moments from the Oscars you might have missed
Last year there was one of the biggest snafus in Oscars history. Thanks to an envelope mix-up, the Academy Award For Best Picture was mistakenly given to La La Land instead of Moonlight. The cast and crew of La La Land took the stage in triumph, only for a producer to interrupt them and say, "I'm sorry, there's a mistake. 'Moonlight,' you guys won best picture." It was an embarrassing moment, but also pretty hilarious.
At this year's Oscars, there weren't any huge mix-ups, but there was still a healthy dose of cringe. I mean, how could there not be, during a long live broadcast? Here are nine really awkward moments from the Oscars you might have missed.
1. Silver Wineings Playbook
When Jennifer Lawrence went to take her seat, she realized she overshot it by a row. Instead of walking all the way around to the aisle again, she took a shortcut, hiking up her couture gown and climbing over the chairs, while expertly balancing that glass of white wine. These must be the skills she learned in Red Sparrow.
2. Selfie Fail
Reporter Dave Karger snapped a selfie, and tried to show it off to the camera, but his phone did not show the photo. So that was awkward. Maybe he should take some lessons from the Super Bowl Selfie Kid.
3. The Cookie Curse
After being accused of sexual misconduct by his stylist, it looked like host Ryan Seacrest would be the latest celebrity to have his career implode. However, E!'s investigation found “insufficient evidence to support the claims," so they sent him out to his regular gig, interviewing stars on the red carpet for the pre-awards show. In the wake of the #MeToo and #Time'sUp movements, the network was concerned someone might bring up Ryan's allegations, so they put the live broadcast on a thirty-second delay.
But even with the delay, they didn't catch this awkward moment: Empire actress Taraji B. Henson ominously told Ryan, "You know what? The universe has a way of taking care of the good people," and then gave him a chin pinch, as if she were casting an curse. After a beat, in which his soul surely left his body, the American Idol host responded, "I agree."
And that's not at all. Ater leaving Ryan, Tarji joined an ABC reporter, and said, "I’m great now that I’m in your company." No one throws shade like Cookie.
4. Take the floor
Since they didn't have a podium, many Oscar-winners had to set their golden statue on the floor. Yeah, just set it on the floor, it's not like it's anything important.
5. Speech good, Rockwell Sam
The Oscars are a long show, but host Jimmy Kimmel came up a brilliant idea to keep things moving: In his monologue, he promised to give a jet ski to whoever gave the shortest acceptance speech. While everyone in attendance could probably afford a jet ski, and island, it made for a pretty funny running joke throughout the night. But when Sam Rockwell accepted the Oscar for Best Actor, he mistakingly called it a "ski jet." (And the award for Best Dyslexia goes to...) But to be fair, a "ski jet" does sound pretty awesome.
6. Give him a hand
Actor Ansel Elgor offered a handshake and got rejected. Ice cold. Maybe he went to bathroom and didn't wash his hands and the word got out.
7. Shots fired
Kobe Bryant won an Oscar - yes, you read that right - for the animated short film, Dear Basketball. In his acceptance speech, he called out conservative pundit Laura Ingraham, who said outspoken athletes like LeBron James should "shut up and dribble." How many Academy Awards do you have, Laura?
8. Don't Remember Me
Gael Garcia Bernal performed the nominated song "Remember Me" from Coco, and got decidedly mixed reviews on Twitter. But hey, at least it was better than Fergie's "sexy" national anthem.
Comedian Tiffany Haddish was one of the year's breakout performers, thanks to her memorable role in the surprise hit Girl's Trip. But in a "thank the audience segment," one fan introduced her as "Tiffany Hatson." Come on, random guy with a lumberjack beard! You had one job!