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Most Controversial Award Show Moments We Will Never Forget

Award shows are big news, from what celebrities wore to who won what, all is talked about. A lot happens in these shows, award distribution, performances, tributes, and interviews to name a few. Some of these moments become highly memorable while others create a huge controversy. These moments occur almost all the time. They are sometimes so awkward and embarrassing that we would rather forget them, but can’t. Here we have picked out some of the most controversial moments we will never forget.

Wrong Film Announced as Best Picture Winner

Wrong Film Announced as Best Picture Winner controversial moments
Wrong Film Announced as Best Picture Winner

One of the worst things that can happen to you is that you think you won, but it was just a wrong name announced. Especially when it’s an Oscar. In 2017, Faye Dunaway accidentally announced La La Land to be the winner of the Best Picture award. While the real winner of the award was Moonlight. It was a controversial moment that was talked about for days.

Kanye West Interrupted Taylor Swift

Kanye West Interrupted Taylor Swift controversial moments
Kanye West Interrupted Taylor Swift

Can we ever forget the moment when Kanye West got on the stage and interrupted Taylor Swift in 2009 VMAs? Taylor Swift was a young star then and he got up on the stage and snatched the mic from her to announce that Beyonce deserved the award instead. Beyonce’s song – Single Ladies, was one of the nominees of the award along with Taylor’s. The event is still mentioned as one of the worst controversial moments in award show history.

Marlon Brando refuses an Oscar

Marlon Brando refuses an Oscar controversial moments
Marlon Brando refuses an Oscar

In 1973, Marlon Brando received an Oscar for his performance in The Godfather. The actor however invited Native actress Sacheen Littlefeather on the stage and refused the Academy Award. He used the platform to advocate for the actress. This shocked the Academy as it was unprecedented and it is still remembered as one of the most controversial moments in the history of Academy Awards.

Jennifer Lawrence tripped on the Stairs

Jennifer Lawrence tripped on the Stairs controversial moments

Being a celebrity is tough, show that you’re slightly human and you become the laughing stock. Jennifer Lawrence became a victim of exactly that. In 2013, while walking up the stage to receive her Academy Award, the actress accidentally slipped on the stairs. That simple misstep was made such a hugely controversial moment that many who thought the actress was attractive, don’t anymore.

John Travolta Mispronounced Idina Menzel’s Name

John Travolta Mispronounced Idina Menzel's Name controversial moments
John Travolta Mispronounced Idina Menzel’s Name

At the 2017 Academy Award, actor John Travoltaby mistake used the phrase, “Adele Dazeem” on stage. The actor cleverly covered up for the mistake saying that he mispronounced the name of Let It Go singer Idina Menzel. But it did become a controversial moment, as the people were left wondering how could the actor get confused between these two words.

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Written by Gargi Mishra

I am Gargi Mishra, an aspiring filmmaker. I look at the world through the viewfinder and love to study films. Write them and write about them.