10 Oscars moments that left audiences speechless

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  • The 91st Academy Awards will air on February 24.
  • Every year the event celebrates incredible achievements in filmmaking.
  • In the 91 years of the Academy Awards, there have been several mistakes, surprises, and moments that wowed the audience at the Dolby Theatre as well as viewers at home.

Each year artists, actors, and filmmakers gather at the Academy Awards to present Oscars in various categories including performance, cinematography, set design, and many more. The well-structured event takes weeks of preparation and planning,  but it has had its fair share of slip-ups and unexpected surprises.

Here are the top 10 Oscar moments that left viewers speechless.

„La La Land“ was mistakenly named best picture.

At the 2017 Oscars, an envelope mix-up led to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to announce that „La La Land“ had won best picture.

Beatty and Dunaway were apparently given the envelope for best actress, which had already been awarded to Emma Stone for her role in „La La Land.“

Dunaway saw the film title on the card and believed „La La Land“ was the best picture winner, which led to a short-lived celebration as the cast and crew of „La La Land“ crowded the stage.

Someone from backstage soon ran up to let them know of the mistake, and producer Jordan Horowitz invited the cast of „Moonlight“ to the stage by saying, „I’m sorry, there’s a mistake. ‚Moonlight,‘ you guys won best picture. This is not a joke.“

Jerry Lewis improvised for 20 minutes when the Oscars ended early.

In 1959, the Oscars ceremony ended 20 minutes early, leaving host and comedian Jerry Lewis to improvise the finale of the show. It was Lewis‘ third time hosting the Oscars (he hosted along with Bob Hope, David Niven, Tony Randall, Mort Sahl, and Laurence Olivier) and he handled it with ease, inviting the evening’s presenters and award winners to gather on stage as the orchestra played „There’s No Business Like Show Business.“

The group assembled on stage — which included Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Robert Wagner, and Natalie Wood — started dancing in time with the music. Before NBC cut to a short film, Lewis entertained the crowd by conducting the orchestra and attempting to play the trumpet.

Marlon Brando refused his award due to Hollywood’s treatment of Native Americans.

In 1973, actor Marlon Brando was awarded the best actor Oscar for his performance in „The Godfather.“ In lieu of accepting the award, Brando sent actress and activist Sacheen Littlefeather to refuse the award on his behalf.

Brando petitioned Littlefeather in helping him bring attention to the poor treatment of Native Americans in the film industry.

„I’m Apache and I am president of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee,“ Littlefeather said in her speech. „I’m representing Marlon Brando this evening and … he very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award. And the reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry and on television in movie re-runs, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee.“

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