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Oscars 2014: A look back at the most memorable Academy Awards bloopers

Actress Jennifer Lawrence reacts after winning the Best Actress award for
Actress Jennifer Lawrence reacts after winning the Best Actress award for "Silver Linings Playbook" during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.
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The Academy Awards are the classiest awards show in Tinseltown, but sometimes even the best in show business can't hide their shortcomings. Reporter Sasa Woodruff has a look back at some memorable Oscar bloopers, fiascos and flops.

It's an evening of gold statues, film tributes and speeches, but sometimes, it's about picking yourself up and moving on, like Jennifer Lawrence did after falling on the stairs on her way to accept the award for Best Actress last year.


The shows are carefully choreographed and timed, but mistakes still happen, and it’s the unexpected that can make or break a show.

“I know this is hard to believe, but the Oscars ended early and so they told Jerry Lewis who was the emcee just to keep going," said Steve Pond, awards editor for, about the 1959 Academy Awards.

He did what he was told, even bringing the audience on stage to sing and dance:


But Lewis' proverbial tap-dancing couldn’t match the comeback host David Niven had to make in 1974 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Hall.

“He came out to give the best picture award and to introduce Elizabeth Taylor, who was going to be his co-presenter," said Pond.

The audience went wild, but it wasn't because Dame Elizabeth Taylor appeared. At that moment a naked man ran on stage flashing the peace sign

Without missing a beat, Niven quipped back:

“Isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings."

Then there were the 1989 Oscars.

That was the year that a breathy actress playing Snow White showed up on stage.  

“Over the top doesn't even begin to describe what this production number was, it was 15 solid minutes of just gaudy chintz," said Hollywood Reporter's senior writer, Seth Abramovitch. "They threw everything but the kitchen sink at you, including Rob Lowe, who came on as her date for the evening, Prince Charming, unfortunately Rob Lowe couldn't sing."

This was just the opening number, and by all accounts, the show just got worse. Bad news for the show's producer, Allan Carr , who was well-known in Hollywood for his extravagant parties and producing the film version of the musical "Grease."


But his Broadway vision did not translate to the Oscar stage, and Carr never worked again. Abramovitch says there's always a little guilty pleasure when it comes to watching live TV for Hollywood's most important night.

“It definitely is the one that has you know the most pomp and serious award, the most important awards, so of course you want to see things go wrong because that's what you really want to talk about," said Abramovitch. 

When things don't go as planned we hope as Snow White sang in '89 that they keep those cameras rolling.