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Warren Beatty’s Academy Award Blunder and other Celeb Cock-Ups

Celebs Living in La La Land

Was it Warren Beatty having a late-life crisis? Was it Donald Trump? The FBI? Whether with avid interest or condescension, it seems the whole world was on tenterhooks to discover who was responsible for the Oscars mix-up that lead to La La Land being announced winner of Best Picture over Moonlight. It is now thought that the members of the accountancy firm that add up the votes and get the honour of holding the coveted briefcase are to blame. This came just hours after a glowing interview of their pivotal role on the BBC news website. For many, this confirmed that Hollywood is far from the serene and lauded place of celebrity. Instead, people found this a firm assurance that celebrity still vies for the public’s attention – and increased TV ratings.

However, this is not the first time that the celebrity world has made blunders that make us wonder whether it’s as perfect in Hollywood-land as celebrities would have us make believe. For instance, this is not the first time that award ceremonies have gone awry. Who could forget the awkward moment in 2015 at the Miss Universe final? Host Steven Harvey even managed to hand over the crown before realising, and correcting, his mistake. Cue embarrassing moment as the true winner, the Philippine’s Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, was made to watch Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo have the crown cruelly taken from her.

Awards ceremonies are not the only platform that have encountered problems, however. Social media seems to be the biggest trip-up for celebrities. From raging arguments on Twitter, to offensive posts, such as Cher posting a bomb emoji, even if it was along with a message of solidarity, in response to the Turkey airport attack last June. From career-demolishing racism to just plain silly, it seems as though celebrities will never stop having to write water-tight virtual apologies.

And if falling over on stage, which made news for Madonna at the Brits in 2015, can’t be called an avoidable mistake, then surely the large list of celebrity wardrobe malfunctions appear to be so. Beyoncé’s host of wardrobe malfunctions speak for themselves. From ripping costumes in unfortunate areas, as happened at a New York concert in June 2016, to attire that was just a bit too revealing, it seems that people just can’t get enough of hearing about incidents that put a stained t-shirt or smudged lipstick into shade.

Of course, these blunders also include the down-right serious, such as Paul Hollywood’s leap to Channel 4’s version of the Great British bake-off, without his co-star, Mary Berry. Whether or not this was because this was one of the most loved shows on the BBC, leaving a selection of singing reality shows and late night chat programmes, Paul Hollywood’s error lead to outrage all over social media and was a hot topic of conversation for weeks. This even lead to him having to make a statement saying “I just couldn’t turn my back on the show”, proving that he had more in his heart than rock, after condemnation of what many thought was a money-grabbing move to maintain his career.

Put alongside the earlier mistakes and blunders of celebrity, the Oscars mix-up doesn’t seem so surprising. It wasn’t the first celebrity blunder and it certainly won’t be the last.

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