The 11 most awkward moments at the 2020 Oscars

Emma Baty
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From Harper's BAZAAR

With all that talent in one room at this year's Oscars, there are bound to be uncomfortable run-ins, odd conversations, and strange facial reactions that people just can't control on live television. Here are the most awkward moments at the 2020 Academy Awards.

Giuliana Rancic's interview with Julia Butters

Rancic, an adult, asked Butters, a 10-year-old, if she and Leonardo DiCaprio would chat between takes on Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood. Julia, a consummate professional, said there was not a lot of chatting. "Not really, we would be professional," Butters said, diplomatically.

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Giuliana's chat with Questlove

He mentioned an Oscars after after-party, and she jokingly asked if he had a plus-one. Without missing a beat, he responded, "Uh, I'm not even invited. I'm DJing but I'm not even invited."

Diane Warren lamenting her lack of Oscar wins

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Diane Warren has been nominated for 11 Oscars and has never won. She talked to Rancic about it and said she is the only woman who's been nominated that many times but has never won. Rancic said, "I'm sure that's not true!" And Warren replied with "yeah... it's true." Then she talked about how she definitely thought she was going to win the year she was nominated with Lady Gaga.

Kristin Dos Santos saying Greta Gerwig was nominated for an award she wasn't

Dos Santos was talking about the best actress nominees, and she mentioned Saoirse Ronan, but then pivoted to talking about Little Women director Greta Gerwig. "There's a lot of talk about female directors being shut out this year and I'm so happy she's in the running." Of course, Greta Gerwig wasn't nominated for Best Director, but it's possible that Kristin was really saying that she was happy Ronan was nominated for Best Actress because of Gerwig's snub?

Steve Martin mispronouncing Cynthia Erivo's name

Steve Martin and Chris Rock opened with a humerous monologue at the beginning of the show, but Martin mispronounced Cynthia Erivo's last name. People on Twitter definitely noticed.

Diane Keaton dropping the piece of paper with the winner on it

When Keaton and Keanu Reaves were announcing the screenplay award, Keaton dropped the piece of paper with the winner's name on it. She recovered it well though.

Billie Eilish's reaction to Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig's song

When Wiig and Ruldoph were singing onstage, Eilish made a face, which the camera caught.



Eminem's surprise performance

It was a little odd when Eminem rose up from below the stage to perform, as it was entirely unexpected. The audience was definitely confused, and you could tell.

The makeup and hairstyling winners got commercial'ed off the stage

When the Bombshell make-up and hair artists went up to accept their award, one man spoke, and before either of the women got to take the mic, the lights went dark and ABC cut to a commercial.

One sentence in Joaquin Phoenix's acceptance speech

His speech was excellent, but he did talk about his vegan values, and mentioned the act of artificially inseminating cows so that we can steal their milk. While he raises incredibly valid points, it was a little jarring to hear the phrase "artificially inseminate a cow" at the Oscars.

When they tried to dim the lights on Parasite

After Parasite won Best Picture, the whole crew was still on stage when the lights started to dim. The audience was unimpressed, and guests such as Charlize Theron started motioning for them to turn the lights back up so the cast and crew could continue to make more speeches.



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