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Most Awkward Award Show Moments (VIDEO)

by Mike Scalise, posted Jan 8th 2010 4:00PM
First she did a twirly hug, then made an odd, slurry joke about a kitten, spoke at a rate of about one word per minute and seemed to have her own personal hype man ('Precious' director Lee Daniels). And what did we do while we watched Mariah Carey's acceptance speech for Breakthrough Actress at last weekend's Palm Springs Film Festival?

We winced. We cringed. Then we watched it again.

Carey's, uh, loosened speech was the first genuinely awkward moment this award show season, but there were many actors, filmmakers, and musicians before her who've heard their name called, stepped to the podium, and made things a little weird for everyone.First she did a twirly hug, then made an odd, slurry joke about a kitten, spoke at a rate of about one word per minute and seemed to have her own personal hype man ('Precious' director Lee Daniels). And what did we do while we watched Mariah Carey's acceptance speech for Breakthrough Actress at last weekend's Palm Springs Film Festival?

We winced. We cringed. Then we watched it again.

Carey's, uh, loosened speech was the first genuinely awkward moment this award show season, but there were many actors, filmmakers, and musicians before her who've heard their name called, stepped to the podium, and made things a little weird for everyone. So in honor of Ms. Carey, let's peek through our covered faces at the award show moments throughout history where the cringe factor was off the charts, leaving the audience with one lone reaction: awkward.

10. A Second Chance for 'Once'
We loved when an earnest Glen Hansard begged the world to "make art" during his 2007 Oscars acceptance speech for Best Original Song for 'Once''s 'Falling Slowly.' But when his duet partner and co-star Marketa Irglova tried to get a word in, the ruthless orchestra played her swiftly off the stage. Though host Jon Stewart arranged for Irglova to come out later in the show to enjoy her moment, by that time we weren't sure if the crowd applauded for her out of appreciation or pity. Maybe both?

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9. Ang Lee's Best Director Buzzkill
Perhaps hoping for a James Cameron/"I'm king of the world!"-style proclamation, Ang Lee kicked off his 2005 Oscars Best Director acceptance speech for 'Brokeback Mountain' with the film's catchphrase: "I wish I knew how to quit you." But while Cameron's 1998 quote was a testament to 'Titanic's' resilient spirit in the face of a certain fate, Lee only reminded us of 'Brokeback's' underlying conflict and ultimate heartbreak. Thanks a lot, Ang.


8. Christine Lahti's "Stalled" Golden Globe Win
We're not sure what was more awkward here: the fact that Christine Lahti was in the bathroom for her 1998 Best Actress in a TV Drama win, or Robin Williams' attempts to diffuse the weirdness with stale, dated Southern-people-are-inbred jokes.


7. Oscar Makes Brando an Offer He Refuses
Maybe in 1973 it was a little difficult to watch American Indian rights activist Sacheen Littlefeather step in to turn down the Best Supporting Actor award for Marlon Brando due to his stance on the negative depiction of Native Americans in television and film. But now, almost forty years later, its far more difficult see how Littlefeather was actually booed by the crowd for it. Stay classy, Hollywood.


6. Chris Isaak's Wicked Kiss Attempt
Giving a preview of the cat-like reflexes she'd display later in films like 'Charlies Angels', watch a shocked, 'Mask'-era Cameron Diaz perform a series of evasive head maneuvers before succumbing to Chris Isaak's predatory lips while the two presented "Best Kiss" at the 1995 MTV Movie Awards.



5. Amy Winehouse Cleans Up at the Grammys
Fresh out of treatment for rumored drug and alchohol issues, singer Amy Winehouse um, cleaned up at the 2008 Grammys, taking home five awards, including Record of the Year for -- you guessed it -- 'Rehab'.



4. The Streaker

After he was interrupted by a streaker's impromptu stage dash at the 1974 Oscars, presenter and suave actor David Niven cut the tension with the perfect aside. "Isn't it fascinating," he said, "that the only laugh that man will ever get is by stripping down and showing his shortcomings." Well played, sir.


3. She Likes Him, She Really Likes Him
The presentation of 2000's Oscar for Best Supporting Actress started off creepy, with aged presenter James Coburn purring on about the "creative, talented, gorgeous, sexy" women in Hollywood that he'd get the chance to be "close to" once he announced the winner. But when Angelina Jolie took the stage after her win for 'Girl, Interrupted', she took it to a whole new level of creepiness by proclaiming she was "so in love" with her brother, James Haven Voight, who she was seen full on mouth-kissing earlier that evening.

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2. Suge Knight and Snoop Instigate at the Source Awards
A sad harbinger of the tragedy to come just a few years later, Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight used his podium time at the 1994 Source Awards to let loose a stammering, poorly disguised dis of Bad Boy Entertainment's Sean Combs (still 'Puffy' then). Soon after a young, angry Snoop Dogg fanned the flames by antagonizing the show's East Coast audience members, sparking a needless, over-hyped, bi-coastal feud that ultimately claimed the lives two of our greatest lyricists.



1. Kanye West and Taylor Swift. Need We Say More?

Rushing the stage to stomp on the dreams of a rising teen pop star as she accepted her first VMA award for Best Female Video? Congratulations, Kanye. Even after Mariah Carey's recent debacle, you've still got the most awkward award show moment OF ALL TIME.

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