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'And The Winner Isn'T...': 5 Awards Ceremony Blunders To Make You Cringe

Steph Simpson Published On: 27-02-2017
'And The Winner Isn'T...': 5 Awards Ceremony Blunders To Make You Cringe

Whether you're a fan of the Oscars, or you find the whole 'glitz and glamour' thing utterly abhorrent - you can't deny that when things go wrong during live awards ceremonies, it makes for some interesting viewing.

Remember that time John Travolta garbled Idina Menzel's name at the 2014 Oscars? An absolute classic moment that certainly went down in Oscars history. In fact, you can still Travoltify your own name using the online name generator that was inspired by gaffe (FYI, mine's Shae Seempzon, which I'm now seriously considering as a legit pen name).

John Travolta meme for the Oscars mispronunciation of the name Adele Dazeem

Source: Storify

But last night's epic fail at the Oscars, in which the winner for best picture was mistakenly given to La La Land, rather than true winner Moonlight - might have been the most memorable yet.

It's not the first time such a thing has happened, however. Let's take a look at some other cringeworthy moments where awards were given to the WRONG person. Warning - it makes for some pretty uncomfortable viewing (or hilarious - depending on how you look at it).

Marissa Tomei Wins Best Supporting Actress. Or Does She?

Similar controversy surrounded the 1993 Oscars, when presenter Jack Palance read out Marisa Tomei’s name as best supporting actress for the film My Cousin Vinny. It was rumoured that he had read out the wrong name, and was the subject of much speculation at the time. But, unlike the events of last night, nobody challenged the supposed mistake, and Tomei kept the award regardless.

Taylor Swift Gets the Kanye Treatment

Remember that time Kanye stormed Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs, and went on one of his nonsensical rants? OK, so this technically isn't an example of an award going to the wrong person - but it's just as cringeworthy (if not more so). It has been speculated as to whether the whole incident was staged, but we'll let you decide. You can view the awkward moment at 0:40 into the video above.

Not Australias Next Top Model

Dreams were made and then shattered at the final of Australia's Next Top Model 2010, when host Sarah Murdoch announced Kelsey Martinovich as the winner. All seemed to be going well, but fast forward to around 2:40 in the video above, and it all starts to go horribly wrong. It turns out that the wrong name had been fed to the host, and runner-up Amanda Ware was actually the true winner. Awkward!

Michael Jackson's Imaginary Award

Apparently, having Britney spears say she personally considers someone to be "the artist of the Millennium", is grounds for an on-the-spot award. Even if that award doesn't exist!

At the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, Michael Jackson mistakenly thought he was receiving an award, rather than a birthday cake (since the awards coincided with his 44th birthday). Although his 'acceptance speech' makes for uncomfortable watching, we can't help but think that if there really was an Artist of The Millenium Award, MJ would probably have won. 

The Shortest Reign in Miss Universe History

In 2015, Miss Colombia (Ariadna Gutierrez) became the shortest reigning queen in Miss Universe history, when Steve Harvey mistakenly announced her as the winner. You can't help but feel Gutierrez' pain at 3:09 in the above video, when Harvey makes the shocking announcement about the blunder! The mistake was quickly rectified, and the crown given to the real winner - Miss Philippines (Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach).


What's your favourite awards ceremony blunder? Let us know in the comments section below!


Title Image Source: The Huffington Post