The Most Shocking Moments in Oscars History

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Originally appeared on E! Online

Well Before Will Smith stepped onto the stage at the 2022 Oscars, the Academy Awards have been filled with jaw-dropping moments.

Take, for instance, five years earlier, when just as the cast and crew of La La Land graced the stage to accept their win for Best Picture, a head-turning mistake became abundantly clear: The award was meant to go to the coming-of-age drama Moonlight instead.

As it turns out, presenter Warren Beatty somehow got the envelope for Best Actress instead of Best Picture (Emma Stone won earlier that evening for her role in the musical film) and well, the rest is flub history.

But that blunder was proceeded by a few smaller—albeit memorable—ones, like when John Travolta meant to introduce Frozen star Idina Menzel for her performance at the 2014 Oscars, but instead ushered her in by calling her Adele Dazeem.

It's a slip-up that's managed to stand the test of time—and in fact, the Broadway star recently marked the moment a decade later in a hilarious way.

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"Hey Adele Dazeem, it's Idina Menzel," she said in a March 3 TikTok. "I just wanted to say, happy birthday. Sending you so much love and positive energy, I hope you have the best, best day." (She also sang the "Happy Birthday" song to boot).

But there's even more where that came from. Ahead of the 2024 Oscars March 10 at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood, keep reading to relive the most shocking moments in the show's history.

<p>Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock</p>

<p>Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock</p>


Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's Chemistry Sets the Oscars on Fire

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's Chemistry Sets the Oscars on Fire


Kevin Hart Backs Out of Hosting

Kevin Hart Backs Out of Hosting


<i>La La Land</i> Is Accidentally Named Best Picture in Epic Flub

<i>La La Land</i> Is Accidentally Named Best Picture in Epic Flub

After La La Land was pronounced the Best Picture winner at the 2017 Oscars, producer Jordan Horowitz revealed that Moonlight was the actual winner—making the incident one of the most memorable in Oscar history.


John Travolta Mispronounces Idina Menzel's Name

John Travolta Mispronounces Idina Menzel's Name

John Travolta suffered a bit of a malapropism while introducing Frozen's Idina Menzel to the stage at the 2014 Oscars. Instead of saying her actual name, he called her Adele Dazeem. Oops? The duo reunited a year later and she reciprocated the honors by naming him Glom Gazingo.


Jennifer Lawrence Falls After Winning Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence Falls After Winning Best Actress

While taking the stage to accept the award for Best Actress at the 2013 Oscars, the Silver Linings Playbook star stumbled and fell to the ground.


<p><em>Crash</em> Wins Best Picture Over<em> Brokeback Mountain</em></p>

<p><em>Crash</em> Wins Best Picture Over<em> Brokeback Mountain</em></p>

With eight nominations, Brokeback Mountain was expected to take home the big prize at the 2006 Academy Awards. So, viewers were surprised when Paul Haggis took the stage to accept the Best Picture Oscar for Crash. Even Haggis later said the drama didn't deserve Best Picture.


Adrien Brody Shockingly Kisses Halle Berry

Adrien Brody Shockingly Kisses Halle Berry

After he won the Oscar for Best Actor at the 2003 Annual Academy Awards, Brody was so overcome with emotion that he planted a giant kiss on presenter Berry.


Björk Wears Swan Dress on the Red Carpet

Bj&ouml;rk Wears Swan Dress on the Red Carpet

Björk's 2001 dress is one of the most memorable in Oscars history. The Icelandic singer-songwriter wore a dress that looked like a swan by Marjan Pejoski.

 


<p>The Oscars Selfie Seen Around the World</p>

<p>The Oscars Selfie Seen Around the World</p>


<p>Angelina Jolie Kisses Her Brother</p>

<p>Angelina Jolie Kisses Her Brother</p>


<p><em>Shakespeare in Love</em> Wins Over <em>Saving Private Ryan</em></p>

<p><em>Shakespeare in Love</em> Wins Over <em>Saving Private Ryan</em></p>

Shakespeare in Love entered the 1999 Academy Awards with 13 nominations while Saving Private Ryan went in with 11. Still, many were surprised when Shakespeare in Love ended up being the big winner.


Cher Wears a Headdress

Cher Wears a Headdress

The singer caught everyone's attention when she showed up to the 1986 Academy Awards in this now-unforgettable Bob Mackie ensemble.


<p>Streaker Storms the Stage</p>

<p>Streaker Storms the Stage</p>

Host David Niven got a bit of a shock after a streaker ran across the stage at the 1974 Academy Awards.


Charlie Chaplin Receives 12-Minute Standing Ovation

Charlie Chaplin Receives 12-Minute Standing Ovation


Marlon Brando Refuses to Accept Best Actor Award

Marlon Brando Refuses to Accept Best Actor Award

Sacheen Littlefeather, who attended the 1973 ceremony on Brando's behalf, announced that the Godfather star "very regretfully" could not accept the award in protest of the film industry's treatment of Native Americans. 


<p>Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn Both Win Best Actress</p>

<p>Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn Both Win Best Actress</p>

In 1969, there were not one but two Best Actress winners: Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand. While Hepburn wasn't there to accept her award, Streisand said she was "very honored to be in such magnificent company as Katharine Hepburn."


<p>Sammy Davis Jr. Announces the Wrong Winner</p>

<p>Sammy Davis Jr. Announces the Wrong Winner</p>


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