Award ceremonies are massive productions with many working part, but not everything always goes according to plan. Are you interested in knowing what some of the biggest, most awkward moments have been? We’re sure the producers in charge know something will inevitably go wrong but hope it won’t be life-altering, soul-crushing, or get them fired. Over the years, there have been many awkward, bizarre, and just plain weird moments at many different award ceremonies, proving that you can’t always get what you want. Here are the 25 Most Awkward Things To Ever Happen At Awards Ceremonies.
Emma Thompson presenting barefoot
At the 71st Golden Globes, Emma Thompson took to the stage with her high heels in one hand and a martini in the other, babbling on about the difficulties of finding a good script. Her quirky attempts at humor continued to fall flat, and she must have figured it out, looking to the attendant for the envelope. Finally, she lobbed the shoes over her head, grabbed the envelope, and announced the winner, saving everyone the feeling of being embarrassed for her.
Bjork lays an egg
Everyone knows Bjork is weird, but she took it to a whole new, awkward level when she went on the red carpet at the 73rd Academy Awards wearing a swan dress. Now, a swan dress is not by itself out of the ordinary, but it was what she had underneath that freaked people out. While she walked across the carpet, she laid giant white eggs. At first, people thought she dropped her clutch but were surprised to find the egg instead.
Steve McQueen fake claps
It’s no secret Steve McQueen had a feud with screenwriter John Ridley, and this came out more during the Academy Awards when John Ridley won Best Screenplay and didn’t mention Steve McQueen in his acceptance speech. In turn, McQueen gave him the most sarcastic clap in recent memory, fueling all sorts of memes around the internet and making things even more awkward.
Brendan Fraser forgets how to clap
While we’re talking about clapping, let’s move on to Brendan Fraser’s awkward, overly excited clap at the Golden Globes. In his defense, I’m sure he was just in the moment and enjoying himself, but it made many people wonder if he knew how to clap properly, you know, like a human being. It became an instant internet sensation and meme, and not for its grace and clapping precision.
When Aziz didn't get to make a speech at the Emmys
Perhaps more adorable than awkward, Aziz Ansari won an Emmy for his writing on Master of None, but his co-writer Aaron Yang took up most of their speech time. By the time Aziz came up to the microphone, he was already being played off the stage by the music. He left, came back up to the microphone and said, “You guys are in trouble!” and then left again. Yeah, okay, still pretty awkward.
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