Looking back at the most shocking Oscar moments, from 'La La Land' flub to John Travolta mispronouncing Idina Menzel's name

Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News on

Published in Entertainment News

It wouldn’t be an Oscars ceremony without a plot twist or two along the way.

From unusual moments to uncomfortable performances to unexpected winners, Hollywood’s biggest night doesn’t always go according to script.

Ahead of this Sunday’s 93rd Academy Awards, here are some of the most jaw-dropping moments in Oscars history.

The 2017 best picture flub

Perhaps no moment at any awards show has been as shocking as Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announcing the wrong winner for best picture four years ago.

For several minutes, the world thought Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s fantastical musical “La La Land” won the awards show’s top honor — until a producer on the film, Jordan Horowitz, revealed a mistake was made.


“This is not a joke,” Horowitz said.

The coming-of-age drama “Moonlight” was then crowned the winner — after the makers and stars of “La La Land” had already begun celebrating on stage. Awkward.

Rob Lowe’s opening number with Snow White

The 1989 Oscars hit a low note when Rob Lowe performed a bizarre musical number alongside an actress dressed as Snow White.


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