For the most part, the Academy Awards are seen as a very fancy affair.
They’ve also had their moments, though, of showing a very “human” side, including this Top 12:
12. Jennifer Lawrence trips over her dress (2013)
11. Cher turns heads in a see-through dress (1988)
No one has made bolder fashion statements at the Oscars than Cher, though her jewel-encrusted naked dress may have been her most daring, which she wore when she won best actress for Moonstruck.
10. John Travolta butchers Idina Menzel’s name (2014)
9. Chris Rock takes no prisoners in his blistering opening monologue (2016)
8. Rob Lowe opens the show with a bizarre duet (1989)
Stars including Paul Newman and Julie Andrews slammed this 10-plus-minute number as an “embarrassment” in an open letter, and Disney filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Academy for using its character.
7. Angelina Jolie shares an uncomfortably intimate moment with her brother (2000)
Taking best supporting actress for Girl, Interrupted Jolie uncomfortably thanked her older brother, James Haven, saying, “I’m in shock and I’m so in love with my brother right now.” They were later photographed briefly locking lips at the event, fueling speculation about their curiously close relationship.
6. A streaker crashes the awards (1974)
Gay rights activist Robert Opel stripped naked and ran across the stage behind Oscar co-host David Niven. He was not arrested, and merely explained that it was “one of those one-time things.”
5. Marlon Brando refuses to accept his Oscar (1973)
Instead of walking to the stage when he won best actor for The Godfather, Brando sent Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather up to protest the misrepresentation of American Indians in Hollywood.
4. Adrien Brody lays an uninvited kiss on Halle Berry (2003)
3. Marisa Tomei upsets with best-supporting actress win (1993)
After Tomei beat out veterans Vanessa Redgrave and Joan Plowright for her comedic tour de force in My Cousin Vinny, conspiracy theories began to circulate in entertainment publications that presenter Jack Palance couldn’t read the winner’s card and called the last name on the teleprompter. The rumour has since been debunked by the Academy and footage from the ceremony, which shows Palance reading the card.
2. Crash takes best picture over Brokeback Mountain (2006)
In what’s considered one of the greatest upsets in Oscar history, Paul Haggis’ race drama beat out Ang Lee’s critically favored front-runner, making it only the second film ever to win the top prize without a Golden Globes picture nomination.
1. La La Land is erroneously awarded best picture in an infamous envelope mix-up (2017)
“There’s been a mistake.” Those four words changed the course of Oscars history in 2016, when 2½ minutes into the La La Land team’s best-picture acceptance speeches, producer Jordan Horowitz informed the crowd that Moonlight had actually won.
The jaw-dropping gaffe – which was met with stunned disbelief by those in the room and at home – was the result of a mix-up by accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, who mistakenly handed presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty the wrong category envelope.
Here’s hoping we make even more (hilarious) memories at this weekend’s show!