The pressure is unbelievable the night of the Academy Awards: Millions of people are watching and it’s all live! It’s no wonder that Oscar winners often trip up (sometimes literally!). Here are some of the more memorable Oscar night goofs from our favorites.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE: 2013
As Jennifer approached the stage to accept her Best Actress win for The Silver Linings Playbook, she tripped over her long dress. It’s a wonder more women don’t get tripped up by high heels and ridiculously long gowns. She recovered with grace, gave a great speech, and demonstrated once again why we love her.
MELISSA LEO: 2011
The actress was so bowled over for winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in The Fighter, she let loose the first f-bomb ever uttered during the live telecast. OOPS. You can see the entire speech here, including the long, rambling presentation by legendary (but longwinded) Kirk Douglas.
ANJELICA HUSTON: 1986
Anjelica Huston was the epitome of elegance as she accepted her Best Actress Oscar for Prizzi’s Honor. Her speech, honoring her father, who directed the film, was also elegance itself. But when she left the stage, she didn’t wait to be escorted backstage to the waiting photographers and reporters, but walked back down to her Oscar date: None other than longtime love Jack Nicholson, who was also nominated that night.
HILARY SWANK: 2000
Swank (who missed out on being nominated for her role in The Homesman this year) was very much the underdog when she won her first Best Actress Oscar for the indie film Boys Don’t Cry. She thanked a lot of people, but her then-husband Chad Lowe wasn’t one of them, as every media outlet was quick to note.
SOPHIA LOREN: 1961
The Italian actress won for Best Actress for the devastating Vittorio De Sica 1960 war drama Two Women. As she writes in her biography and as she told Larry King, she didn’t attend the ceremony because she was so nervous, she was afraid she would faint if she won!