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Just 16 Awkward Moments From The 2023 Oscars

The pre-show interviews were a mess...

If you're like me, you love the awkward moments during awards shows. And despite being a prestigious affair, the 2023 Academy Awards were still home to some quality cringe/uncomfortable moments this year.

The Oscars statue

1. Before the show even began, Glenn Close — who always has the worst luck at the Oscars — tested positive for COVID-19:

Screenshot of a news report that Glenn Close tested positive for COVID

2. People didn't love the champagne carpet, which strayed from traditional red carpets:

Closeup of the "champagne" carpet

3. Lady Gaga helped a photographer who fell trying to take pics of her on the carpet:

Gaga stops to help photographer who falls over taking pics of her #oscars

Twitter: @ThisIsMax

4. This reporter kept putting her mic to Carson Kressley, who already had his own mic:

An interviewer talking with Carson Kressley

5. Diane Warren walked awkwardly on the carpet like this:

Diane Warren arrives at the #Oscars.

Twitter: @Variety / Via ABC

6. People pointed out how Nicole Kidman appeared to be possibly drunk during her pre-show interview with ABC and during the carpet pics:

Nicole Kidman being interviewed
Twitter: @JoeyGentile1992

7. Laverne Cox asked Austin Butler what story he was telling with his outfit, and he said this:

#AustinButler 😍🙏🏽🏆✨️ (Laverne is so.... awkward lmao)

Twitter: @Alexaa35

8. The Little Mermaid trailer premiered, and there was some disappointment over Flounder's debut:

this being flounder😭😭😭😭😭😭

Twitter: @itszaeok / Via Disney

9. Hugh Grant was unnecessarily rude to Ashley Graham during his pre-show interview:

Hugh Grant is the biggest D bag for this interview. Hugh, If you don't want to be there go home. Worst Oscars interviews ever. #Oscars #Oscars2023 #HughGrant


10. People kept saying how it was the "Ozempic Oscars":

The red/champagne carpet is serving Ozempic Oscars

Twitter: @kpfallon

11. During his opening monologue, Jimmy Kimmel made this Babylon joke:

Jimmy Kimmel hosting the Oscars

12. And told this joke about women, which fell flat:

Jimmy Kimmel hosting the Oscars

13. Guillermo del Toro looked confused as to where he should go when he won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film for Pinocchio:

Guillermo del Toro

14. Angela Bassett looked super disappointed (understandably so) when she lost Best Supporting Actress to Jamie Lee Curtis:

Angela Bassett’s reaction to Jamie Lee Curtis’ name being called…you can tell how much that Oscar would have meant to her. she is, was, and always will be incredible. I better see her on that stage SOON


15. Tems wore this very outfit that likely blocked the view of anyone sitting behind her:

Tems at the Oscars

16. Elizabeth Banks's voice kept cracking while she was presenting:

Elizabeth Banks presenting at the Oscars with a bear

You can read more Oscars coverage here.