What are the Top 5 Mistakes in Recent Award Show History?

February 25, 2021


Given what happened at this year’s Academy Awards, we thought it might be fun to share a few gaffes from recent award show history! In case you missed it, at the 2017 Oscars, the coveted prize of Best Picture was awarded to the wrong film. That’s not even being dramatic, it actually happened.

The final prize of the night, Best Picture, was mistakenly awarded to La La Land due to an envelope-related mistake. After a couple of La La Land producers had given their speeches, it was announced that the award was supposed to go to Moonlight. Host Jimmy Kimmel and two PricewaterhouseCooper accountants even came up on stage to help clear it up. In a crazy twist, the cast and crew of La La Land then handed over the awards to the cast and crew of Moonlight.

In this post, we’ll go over five of the biggest mix-ups in recent award show history, with an honourable mention thrown in at the end! Keep reading to learn more about mistakes that have been made on award show stages.

Check out our infographic of the top five mistakes and then keep reading to watch videos of each event!

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Award Show History



1. La La Land vs Moonlight Mix-up

2017 Academy Awards

Since this is so fresh in our minds, let’s start off with the La La Land/Moonlight mix-up. As we said earlier, the Best Picture award was given to the cast and crew of La La Land by mistake, when the actual winner was Moonlight. The mistake was caught relatively quickly, and the awards were handed off to the deserving winners, but this will go down as one of the biggest mistakes in award show history.

The Academy Award for Best Picture is probably the most coveted award in the film world, which makes this hurt even more. But at the very least, the award went to a fantastic film and the mistake was realised before the broadcast ended. We can’t imagine what would have happened if they had waited until after the show ended to correct the error.


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2. Miss Universe Mistaken Crowning

2015 Miss Universe Pageant

This mistake was among the first gaffes to truly go viral. During the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant, host Steve Harvey crowned the wrong contestant as the winner. Then, he had to correct his mistake, saying that he had named the first runner-up, and transfer the crown from the runner-up to the winner. How embarrassing!



3. Chris Brown or Rihanna?

2011 BET Awards

If you haven’t heard, Chris Brown and Rihanna used to be in a relationship. That is until he assaulted her on the way to the Grammy Awards in 2009. That’s what makes this gaffe so uncomfortable.

At the 2011 BET Awards, the presenter announced that Chris Brown had won the Peoples’ Choice Award when it was actually supposed to go to Rihanna and Drake. She quickly realised her error and corrected herself, eventually handing the award to Drake.


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5. The Wickedly Talented Adele Dazeem

2014 Academy Awards

John Travolta has one of the most iconic flubs of all time, mostly because he refers to Idina Menzel as “wickedly talented” and “the one and only”. He was announcing her performance of the Best Original Song “Let it Go” from the Disney film Frozen at the 2014 Academy Awards.

Then, as you can see in the video, he goes on to mispronounce her name and calls her Adele Dazeem. This flub had the internet so confused and is still used as a meme across the web.


Honourable Mention: Jimmy Fallon’s Monologue Troubles

2017 Golden Globes

Our honourable mention for award show gaffes goes to Jimmy Fallon’s technical issues during his monologue at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. As he began his monologue, he realised that the teleprompter was down. The technical crew brought in a new monitor, but Jimmy, a professional comedian, was able to think on his feet and improvise a bit of his monologue.

Later in the show, he referenced the troubles (and Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance), saying that Dick Clark Productions sabotaged his monologue.

So, how about that list of award show gaffes? Did you learn about one you hadn’t heard about before? If you did, be sure to reach out to us on social media and let us know!

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Infographic Sources: The New Yorker / People / Zimbio / Us Weekly / The Hollywood Reporter / TIME



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