Last night’s 85th Academy Awards show was one of the more interesting and entertaining Oscars in recent memory. There were some surprise wins, great musical performances, and lots of funny gags and bits… but as is usually the case with live events, the night had its share of awkward moments, too. The most talked-about was Jennifer Lawrence’s trip as she climbed the stage to accept her (well deserved!) Best Actress Award, but there was lots more weirdness in store for the Oscars’ big night. Here’s our picks for the Top five weirdest Oscar moments of 2013:
5. Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t seem to care about Visual Effects:
Sam Jackson was quick to uncomfortably silence his Avengers co-stars during their presentation of Best Visual Effects. Jackson made it clear he wanted to cut to the chase, before anyone could make a plug for the #VFXProtest. But Jackson was SO abrupt, all he wanted to do was name the winner, clumsily ignoring even a description of what the category was all about!
4. Apparently, ties are a thing?:
Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall were both named winner in Sound Editing for the first Oscar tie we can recall in, well, forever. Even presenter Mark Wahlberg was caught offguard, and the audience seemed to think it was a bit until, yes, two awards were handed out. Two winners for one award– that must sting for the three who didn’t win!
3. The Academy threatens winners with sharks:
The Oscars’ orchestra this year performed off-site at the Capitol Records studio, and their excellent use of John Williams’ classic Jaws theme music, used to rush off over-long acceptance speeches, was cute and apparently genuinely menacing to awards recipients– virtually nobody overstayed their welcome with a long-winded speech this year!
2. Seth MacFarlane bombs with John Wilkes Booth joke:
Seth MacFarlane did a commendable job hosting this year’s Oscars, with a number of funny sketches and some clever quips throughout the night. However, when he admitted that the actor who best got inside Lincoln’s head was John Wilkes Booth (the man who assassinated the 16th President), he was met with STONE COLD SILENCE. The quick-on-his-feet Family Guy creator bounced back, quipping “150 years is still too soon?”
1. Quentin Tarantino & Jack Nicholson– Twins?:
When actor Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, he laid the praise heavily on his iconic director. But the Oscars’ camera crew apparently didn’t know what Tarantino looked like, because they kept their camera for an awkwardly long time on Jack Nicholson! Nicholson seemed to know what was going on, and the look on his face as he squirmed was priceless!
It was a wild night for sure at the Oscars… what did you think the most uncomfortable moment of the night was?
–Bill Sencio, 96.5 TIC/ Hartford