Award ceremonies can be bizarre or magical. At their finest, they honor creativity and enthusiasm. However, these award shows may also experience sad, embarrassing, and perplexing experiences. Overall, they are delightfully tumultuous and can get the whole world talking. Will Smith’s slap of the legendary comedy presenter Chris Rock will be remembered as one of the most shocking moments in the history of the Oscars, and it will be featured in any future compilation of jaw-dropping unscripted awards show incidents. Below are some of the most stunning and unforgettable unscripted awards ceremony incidents in history, ranging from music award winners being stopped from receiving their awards to impromptu kisses.
Kanye West Interrupting Taylor Swift
Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Music Awards for Best Female Video in one of the most startling, unexpected moments in award show history. Swift won her music award for “You Belong With Me.” As she ecstatically took her Moonman and went to the microphone to express her gratitude, West abruptly appeared onstage next to her and said, “I’mma let you continue, but Beyoncé had one of the finest music videos.” Swift stood there, unsure of what to do, and after being whisked off stage, with many tears backstage, Beyoncé, who won a separate prize, welcomed Swift back on stage to continue her speech and ‘have her moment.’
Chris Rock Gets Slapped
Will Smith walked on stage and slapped Chris Rock after Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith in an unanticipated sequence of events that are still very fiercely discussed. Rock joked that Jada should feature in the next G.I. Jane movie, making fun of her bald head. Jada Pinkett Smith is bald due to alopecia, and after seeing that she was not amused, Will Smith moved over to Chris Rock, assaulted him, and sat back down before shouting at him from his seat in a less than professional manner.
Leonardo Di Caprio’s Reaction To Gaga
At the 73rd Golden Globes, when Lady Gaga was walking to receive her award for Best Actress in a Miniseries for her work in “American Horror Story,” she collided with Leonardo DiCaprio’s shoulder and arm, which were protruding into her path. Since then, DiCaprio’s response has been examined in every conceivable manner, and he has maintained he had no idea what was headed his way. A new meme was created.
Jennifer Lawerence’s Tumble
In 2013, when Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in “Silver Linings Playbook,” she fell while ascending the stairs to the stage. Lawrence responded to the audience giving her a standing ovation, “You people are simply standing up because you feel terrible that I fell, and that’s humiliating.” Hugh Jackman and Jean Dujardin came to her side when she fell and assisted.
Natalie Portman’s Distaste For Golden Globe Nominees
Portman announced the Best Director Golden Globe nominations with Ron Howard at the 2018 Golden Globes by stating, “And the candidates are all men.” Howard laughed awkwardly.
Marlon Brando Rejects His Oscar
It was not unexpected that Marlon Brando would win the Academy Award for Best Actor for “The Godfather,” a performance that revitalized his relatively stagnant career and greatly defined his subsequent work. Nonetheless, what was unexpected was Brando’s refusal to accept the honor. Instead, he had actress and campaigner Sacheen Littlefeather represent him at the event. Littlefeather was on stage when Brando won, and brushed aside Roger Moore’s effort to present her with the statue. She then said that Brando delivered “a lengthy statement that I cannot share with you due to time constraints” and that he “really regrets being unable to accept this very wonderful prize.” What’s the reason? She said, “The treatment of American Indians in the film business today,” amid both applause and loud jeers. And although many saw it as an arrogant power play (thus the jeers), it today seems relatively humanitarian and progressive, particularly for the period.
Winona Ryder Reactions & Expressions
At the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards, after “Stranger Things” won Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, the whole ensemble rushed the stage to claim the prize. David Harbour gave an excellent speech, but Winona Ryder’s facial expressions stole the show. Her acting repertoire may have been rivaled in just one scene, as she displayed a variety of facial emotions, including astonishment, perplexity, and others.
Steve Harvey Crowns Wrong Miss Universe
Throughout the 2015 Miss Universe competition, presenter Steve Harvey incorrectly proclaimed the winner. Harvey had to offer a clarification since he had misread the card and the competitor from Colombia was not the winner.
Adrian Brody Kisses Halle Berry
When Adrien Brody won the Best Actor Oscar in 2003 at the Academy Awards for his performance in the smash hit “The Pianist,” he grabbed presenter Halle Berry and gave her a very passionate kiss in a scene that would have sparked a frenzy of commentary in the year 2022.
The Moonlight Mixup
In maybe the second-most notorious moment in Oscars history, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced “La La Land” as the Best Picture winner in 2017. The actors and producers started their victory speeches before realizing that Beatty and Dunaway had been given the incorrect envelope – “Moonlight” had really won Best Picture. Chaos erupted.