Bloopers in events can occur anytime as the 2017 Oscar awards ceremony can testify. No one is immune, not even one of the most watched awards shows in the planet. But the Steve Harvey moment, when La La Land was named Best Picture instead of Moonlight, wasn’t the only blooper in Oscar history. Here are five others that have managed to happen in this otherwise well-choreographed show.
Bloopers aren’t something that happened lately. Four years after the Oscars were first presented in 1929, vaudeville performer and black and white film actor Will Rogers unusually announced the winner for Best Director without saying the winner’s full name. He said, “Come on up and get it, Frank.” Unfortunately, there were two Franks nominated, Frank Capra for Lady for a Day and Frank Lloyd for Cavalcade. Frank Capra made his way up to the podium but it was Frank Lloyd who actually won.
JLaw trips on the way
Receiving the Award for Best Actress is the dream of many young actresses and old ones too. So when 22 year old Jennifer Lawrence was recognized for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook, her excitement must have gone sky high! Then she tripped. But the show must go on. Jlaw laughed off the embarrassment and continued her walk to receive the Oscar.
Not even called
The dream to hold an Oscar is very strong. In 1947, Actress Rosalind Russell was nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Mourning Becomes Electra. This was her third nomination. In the two previous times, she didn’t win but she was feeling that, finally, it was her night. She stood up before the winner was announced. Unfortunately, it wasn’t her but fellow actress Loretta Young.
The show isn’t over
Sometimes bloopers occur because there wasn’t enough planning. In 1959, the most unimaginable thing happened: the Oscars ended early. 20 minutes early. Unfortunately, the broadcast’s remaining time needed to be filled. Host Jerry Lewis was instructed to keep the show going – somehow. With all the talent and resources at his disposal, he desperately ad-libbed everything and even resorted to bringing everybody on stage.
Then there are the times when outside elements just cause havoc. In a surprise show, gay rights activist Robert Opel crashed the 1974 Oscars, streaking across the stage in front of a cheering audience. Host David Niven stood in confusion before recovering and bringing everything back to the show with a joke. Oscar security was tightened up after the incident.
Bloopers happen. It can be minimized with planning by the event’s organizers but it will happen.
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