×

The Most Awkward Moments at the 2018 Oscars

The best picture announcement may have gone without a hitch at the 2018 Oscars, but there were still plenty of uncomfortable moments during Sunday’s live broadcast.

From stars supposedly swerving Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet to Jimmy Kimmel interrupting an exclusive screening of “A Wrinkle in Time,” here are some of the most awkward moments from this year’s ceremony.

“This isn’t for you.”

After thanking the expected parties and praising the category’s almost-equal gender representation, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the winners of best original song for “Coco,” addressed their daughters in the audience: “This is not for you.” Robert Lopez then clarified that he wished to dedicate the award to his late mother instead.

Best picture speech cut short

Guillermo del Toro finished his best picture speech for “The Shape of Water” in time for the musical interlude, but producer J. Miles Dale, who took the mic after him, didn’t make the cut. Though the music played over him, host Kimmel prompted the Oscar-winner to finish his speech.

Ryan Seacrest on the carpet

Just days before the ceremony, Variety reported new details of the sexual harassment allegations leveled against Seacrest by a former employee. Even so, E! kept the host in his usual job as a prominent presence on the Oscars red carpet. Though Seacrest skirted many celebrities who may have questioned him on the allegations, some still felt that stars like Taraji P. Henson managed to deliver subtle criticism in their interviews. In a statement to People, however, Henson later clarified her comments, defending Seacrest.

Emma Stone calls out the lack of female directors

While presenting the Oscar for best director, Emma Stone threw shade at the Academy by referring to the nominees as “these four men and Greta Gerwig,” referencing the lack of women nominated in the category. The Academy has come under fire for its historical underrepresentation of women in the best director pool, as Gerwig is the fifth woman to receive a nomination.

The theater-crashing movie skit

Midway through the show, Kimmel gathered a group of famous attendees, including Ansel Elgort, Lupita Nyong’o, and Gal Gadot, to surprise an unsuspecting crowd of moviegoers during a screening of “A Wrinkle in Time.” Though Gadot put on her best smile, exclaiming, “This is so much better than the Oscars!” some people in the crowd seemed more confused than excited, and the bit was somewhat awkward for those in the audience at the Dolby Theatre.

Kimmel asks Spielberg for pot

After a return from a commercial break, the camera picked up an interaction between Kimmel and Steven Spielberg in the audience, in which the host asked the famed director if he “had any pot,” before turning to the camera and joking that he didn’t know he was on air. The moment garnered some chuckles from the crowd, but fell a little flat.

This non-kiss

As the recipients of best visual effects for “Blade Runner 2049” rose from their seats to take the stage, an uncomfortable attempted kiss occurred when a woman in the audience tried to congratulate one of the winners, Richard R. Hoover.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Juntos

    Juntos Films Production House Launches in Chile with Ambitious Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

    Francisco Hervé of Panchito Films, Moisés Sepúlveda from Madriguera Films and Daniela Raviola, three of Chile’s most exciting international-minded independent producers, have together launched a new indie production house, Juntos Films. Hervé has written, directed (“The Power of Speech,” “The Lost City”) and produced (María Paz González ‘s “Daughter”) several feature films, documentaries and TV [...]

  • Noele trailer Anna Kendrick

    Disney Unveils 'Noelle' Trailer Starring Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader

    Among the many announcements at the D23 Expo, Disney debuted the first look at holiday feature “Noelle,” which is set to premiere exclusively on Disney Plus this fall. “It isn’t Christmas without Santa’s Sister,” Walt Disney Studios said of the film on Twitter. Starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, the Christmas flick tells the story [...]

  • A Hidden Life Movie Austria

    Film News Roundup: Austin Festival Selects Terrence Malick's 'A Hidden Life'

    In today’s film news roundup, the Austin Film Festival selects a Terrence Malick title, “A Day Without a Mexican” gets a sequel and DCR Finance signs a first-look deal. FESTIVAL SCREENING The Austin Film Festival will screen Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life,” which won the Francois Chalais and Ecumenical Jury awards at the Cannes Film [...]

  • Blake Lively

    Blake Lively's 'Rhythm Section' Moved Back to 2020

    Paramount Pictures has moved the release date of Blake Lively’s “The Rhythm Section” back two months from Nov. 22 to Jan. 31, 2020, the weekend of Super Bowl LIV. The spy tale, adapted from Mark Burnell’s novels surrounding character Stephanie Patrick, is produced by James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson through their [...]

  • The Mandalorian

    'The Mandalorian': Watch the First Trailer for 'Star Wars' Series

    The gunslinging lone warrior — the Mandalorian, as they call him — calls the far reaches of the “Star Wars” galaxy home. Disney dropped the first trailer for the spinoff series during its biennial D23 convention on Friday, finally giving fans a closer look at the franchise’s newest character. “The Mandalorian” creator Jon Favreau, who [...]

  • Lady and the Tramp trailer

    'Lady and the Tramp': Disney's Live-Action Remake Gets First Trailer (Watch)

    Ready your dog-friendly bowl of spaghetti, Disney has debuted the first trailer for its live-action remake of “Lady and the Tramp,” starring Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux. The teaser was released during Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim at the Disney + presentation. In addition to Thompson and Theroux, who play the Lady and Tramp, respectively, [...]

  • Mickey Mouse waves to members of

    Spider-Man, Spicer and Splashy First-Looks: Everything We're Looking For at D23

    As if Disney hasn’t owned enough weekends this year at the box office, the biennial D23 Expo will light up Anaheim, Calif. over the next three days to celebrate the content monolith. From a new Netflix-competing streaming platform to scores of movie and series reveals — along with a few hot controversies to confront — [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content