Published 7:58 AM EST Dec 2, 2019
The way celebrities walk red carpets with such grace and come off on screen as flawless, we’d be hard pressed to think they’re also susceptible to awkward moments.
But alas, Hollywood stars are just regular people, rich and famous yes, but still ordinary people. Some of them have taken falls on stage shortly after accepting one of the biggest awards of their careers and others have been caught in a lie on national television.
Here are the most cringeworthy celebrity moments of the year.
When James Corden lied to Demi Moore
Moore was a guest on Corden’s “The Late Late Show” when the actress caught him fibbing.
She had recently released her candid memoir “Inside Out,” and posed the first question during a game of “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts.”
“James, earlier in the greenroom you told me you loved my new memoir,” she began. “As someone who’s read the book, what was your favorite chapter?”
Corden, facing a mouthful of cow blood and pork tongue jelly, was at a loss for words.
“Now, I…I…I loved it,” he stammered.
“I loved all the … I loved the – the chapter ’bout all the drugs,” he added, making Moore laugh. “I loved the pictures.”
Getting real, Corden confessed: “I haven’t read it. I haven’t read it! I’m sorry!”
Will the real Taylor Swift please stand up
Five years after John Travolta incorrectly pronounced Idina Menzel’s name at the 2014 Oscars, the actor took the stage at the 2019 VMAs to present the video of the year award to Taylor Swift.
And while Swift’s name was easy enough for him to handle, it was her face – or rather, that of Swift-impersonating drag queen Jade Jolie – that gave him trouble.
Twitter had a field day when the cameras captured Travolta handing the Moonman award to Jolie, who appeared in Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down” video and joined several co-stars onstage to accept the award, rather than to the pop star herself.
Beyoncé vs. Nicole Curran
That one time when Beyoncé was spotted at a Golden State Warriors game sitting between her husband, Jay-Z, and Nicole Curran.
Cameras captured the “Lemonade” artist looking very annoyed when Curran leaned over her to speak to Jay-Z. The Beyhive ran with it and began coming for Curran
Curran told ESPN she was asking both Jay-Z and Beyoncé — invited to the game as her guests — if they wanted drinks, and when the cameras zoomed in on them, she was asking Jay-Z if he wanted lime for his vodka soda. That’s when Beyoncé’s facial expression turned serious.
Ashley Graham’s ‘yikes’ interview with Jason Momoa
Graham was interviewing celebrities on the Oscars red carpet for ABC when Momoa and wife Lisa Bonet stopped by to chat.
The model asked the “Aquaman” star if he could perform a “haka move.”
The Haka is a traditionally ceremonial dance in Māori culture. It’s often performed before rugby or soccer games or at weddings or other special occasions, so when Graham asked Momoa, who is of Hawaiian descent, social media felt it was inappropriate to ask someone to “perform” something that’s culturally sensitive on command.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Emmy’s shuffle
So, this wasn’t as much embarrassing as it was confusing to watch.
At the 71st Emmy Awards in September, Paltrow was tasked with presenting the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. As she made her way onstage, it appeared she was dealing with a little dress drama herself.
Paltrow took a painstakingly long time to make her way onstage because of how restricting her dress was, allowing her to take only tiny steps.
Needless to say, Paltrow’s walk was turned into a meme.
Kanye West’s Met Gala un-interview
West was mum at this year’s Met Gala.
While his wife, Kim Kardashian West, was being interviewed by YouTube star Liza Koshy for Vogue, West stood by awkwardly. As Koshy and Kim chatted about everything from dress inspiration to her lawyer aspirations, Kanye was looking over his shoulder, fidgeting and showing all signs of being uneasy.
One person on social media, @petty_mami34, noted that it looked like the artist just wanted to go home.
Rami Malek takes a tumble
What better way to solidify an Oscar win than by falling off stage?
The “Mr. Robot” actor and his Oscar took a tumble on the stairs to the stage after the awards show ended. He was quickly helped up by the men surrounding him and took a seat to catch his breath.
The academy placed orange cones on the edge of the stage after Malek’s fall, but thankfully the actor didn’t appear injured.
When Sandra Oh called out Hollywood’s whitewashing
This moment was mostly cringeworthy for those whom Oh was calling out: Emma Stone and Scarlett Johansson.
Oh was hosting the Golden Globes in January alongside “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Andy Samberg when she spoke out about whitewashing during the opening monologue.
Introducing “Crazy Rich Asians,” Oh called it the “first studio film with an Asian-American lead since ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and ‘Aloha,’ ” the latter of which starred Emma Stone as a part-Asian character. Offscreen, Stone could be heard yelling, “I’m sorry!” from the audience.
Chrissy Teigen’s awkward New Year’s kerfuffle
Who better to kick off 2019’s most awkward moments than Teigen herself?
Teigen was hosting NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Leslie Jones and Carson Daly when the clock hit midnight and it was time for the mandatory “Happy New Year!” kiss, hug, handshake or salutation.
The model leaned in for an embrace with Jones, when Jones’ umbrella smacked Teigen in the face. Teigen looked like she was in a bit of pain, but OK nonetheless.
Contributing Scott Gleeson, Erin Jensen