Celebrities button, zip and sometimes even sew themselves into beautiful outfits for the annual Academy Awards. But even with all the careful planning and teams of stylists in the world, things can still go horribly wrong. And unfortunately for the famous people in attendance at the Oscars, cameras are usually there to capture any awkward moments that ensue. The following 40 mishaps, for example, all prove that being a star doesn’t mean you’re no longer human.
40. Charlize Theron, 2000
In 2000 Charlize Theron wore a beautiful orange Vera Wang dress to the Oscars. Alas, though, the gown showed a little too much of her butt. And four years later, the star duly lamented to The Baltimore Sun, “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve auditioned for a role only to have my agent come back and say, ‘Listen, Charlize, they saw you in the orange dress, and they don’t think you can do it.’” Still, that didn’t actually stop Theron from winning the Best Actress award in 2004.
39. Liza Minnelli, 2014
Back in 2014, Liza Minnelli made headlines for all the wrong reasons. And while the bright blue ensemble she sported to the Oscars was certainly eye-catching, it was what was under the outfit that arguably drew the most attention. Yes, not only was Minelli bra-less, but people could also see her nipple shields through her clothing. Oops!
38. Jennifer Lopez, 2012
While Jennifer Lopez was presenting an award on stage with Cameron Diaz at the 2012 Oscars, there seemed to be a nip slip. And Twitter got very excited at that prospect, with one social media user even going on to create an account going under the name of “JLO’s Nipple.” Perhaps inevitably, though, the star’s stylists insisted that nothing untoward had actually happened, and that instead people had only seen a shadow.
37. Lupita Nyong’o, 2014
When she collected her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’o wore a lovely pale blue Prada dress. Unfortunately, though, the outfit was possibly a little impractical, as it later got stuck on a decorative plant. Maybe the branch liked the dress so much that it wanted to keep it…
36. Kendall Jenner, 2019
Kendall Jenner arrived at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscars party wearing an extremely daring dress. It was so daring, in fact, that any underwear would have been pretty much visible to anyone. And as the model appeared to have very little in the way of covering her modesty, she may have come very close to showing her fellow partygoers much more than they may have wanted to see.
35. Sally Kirkland, 2007
Sally Kirkland is known for wearing slightly strange outfits to the Oscars, but she arguably outdid herself in 2007. On that occasion, the veteran actress sported a brightly colored – and very revealing – dress. And to this day, Kirkland’s odd caped creation still makes it onto lists of the most controversial Oscar outfits ever.
34. Beyoncé, 2005
Even Beyoncé is prone to wardrobe malfunctions every now and again. For example, during her Phantom of the Opera performance at the 77th Academy Awards, the star’s shoe had been secretly hanging off. Beyoncé later explained during a 2005 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, “I’m trying to remember the words, and my ear monitor’s turned off – and my shoe is off of my foot, actually, inside of the dress. So, I’m on one toe, and I’m in one heel.”
33. Chrissy Teigen, 2017
A gust of wind spelled disaster for Chrissy Teigen at the 2016 American Music Awards. So when the model decided to wear a similar style of dress to the 2017 Oscars, she came prepared. As soon as the same thing happened again, she quickly put her hand in the way to save her blushes.
32. Rami Malek, 2019
At the 2019 Academy Awards, Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek had a little trouble with his tie. Fortunately, none other than Lady Gaga stepped in and helped him fix it – with the pair creating an adorable moment that quickly went viral. The pair both won awards that night, too, with Gaga scooping the Oscar for Best Song and Malek the Best Actor prize.
31. Hailee Steinfeld, 2017
If 2011 nominee Hailee Steinfeld looked awkward in 2017, it was because she was trying to hide a tear in her gown. Later on, she told People, “I ran to this wonderful woman who was backstage… she cut a piece off the back of the dress and sewed it on to the front of the dress to make it look like it was just part of the dress. By the time I presented, you couldn’t tell. It was a nightmare.”
30. Selma Blair, 2019
As Selma Blair walked the red carpet in a strapless gown, her nipple was exposed for a second or two. Oops! But luckily for the star, her mere presence at the 2019 Academy Awards proved to be the real attention-grabber. You see, the event marked the first time that Blair – and her stylish cane – had appeared at a prestigious ceremony since her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 2018.
29. Katy Perry, 2017
For the 2017 Oscars, Katy Perry chose a brown Jean Paul Gaultier dress – one that could have perhaps done with more rigorous testing first. As the pop star leaned over at one point during the evening, you see, the top part of the gown came away from the rest, leaving a section of her butt exposed as a result.
28. Lindsey Vonn, 2018
Mere minutes before Lindsey Vonn had to leave for the 2018 Oscars, there was a “malfunction” with the sleeves of her custom-designed gown. So what did her stylist Jeff Kim do? Well, he cut them off entirely. And the Olympic skier was seemingly keen to avoid any further mishaps. While on the red carpet, she told People, “The Oscars is such a big deal. I’m just trying to soak it all in and not mess it all up.”
27. Oprah Winfrey, 1986
When Oprah Winfrey attended her first Oscars ceremony in 1986, she was under-prepared. More specifically, the TV host and actress – who had been nominated for her role in The Color Purple – had neglected to try on her dress beforehand. And in 2012 Oprah told Jimmy Kimmel that in order to get the gown on, her stylist “had to lay [her] down on the floor and push [her] butt down and zip.” She also had to lie down in the limo that was taking her to the awards, which sounds pretty uncomfortable.
26. Nicole Kidman, 2017
Unfortunately, the Giorgio Armani gown that Nicole Kidman wore to the 2017 Oscars didn’t quite hold up. And the 2003 winner of the Best Actress gong revealed as much to Today journalist Richard Wilkins, saying, “I had a bit of a panic because my strap on my dress broke when I got in the car.” Later on during the night, she was also seen with her dress straps tied into a different configuration.
25. Emma Stone, 2015
Birdman nominee Emma Stone showed up at the 2015 Academy Awards in a beautiful Elie Saab Haute Couture gown. However, the large thigh slit proved a problem when the star adjusted her dress and gave everybody a glimpse of her underwear in the process. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, she didn’t win that night, either.
24. Judy Greer, 2012
Poor Judy Greer had a disaster at the 2012 Oscars. In what would be a nightmarish scenario for anyone, her gown fell apart when someone stepped on it – leaving beads flying everywhere. And Greer relived the incident in her 2014 book I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star, writing, “I stopped for photos but couldn’t do any interviews. I was afraid if I opened my mouth to speak, I would cry, because I was sobbing on the inside.”
23. Rumer Willis, 2019
Bruce Willis’ oldest daughter Rumer wore a sheer lace gown for Elton John and David Furnish’s Academy Awards viewing party in 2019. But in picking the dress, the actress may not have considered what it would look like at the back. From that angle, you see, there was a lot more flesh on display than she may have been happy with.
22. Elisabetta Canalis, 2010
All hail George Clooney. In 2010 the Up in the Air nominee brought his then-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis to the Academy Awards. And when the Italian actress’ dress malfunctioned and the back split, the A-lister swooped in to help. Yes, according to hair stylist Jonathan Antin, who spoke to the New York Post in 2015, Clooney “grabbed the needle and thread and started sewing [Canalis’] zipper in. He did an amazing job.”
21. Selena Gomez, 2016
Selena Gomez wore a beautiful silver Louis Vuitton dress to the 2016 Oscars, but unfortunately it didn’t quite last the night. Indeed, the singer confessed on her Instagram account that right after having her picture taken for Vanity Fair, the gown had split. And the reason? Too many In-N-Out burgers, according to her.
20. Jenny McCarthy, 1997
When Jenny McCarthy wore a floral Valentino gown on the red carpet, she failed to noticed that she’d made a mistake. As the model told EW Radio in 2014, “I was wondering why [my outfit] was so tight in the boobs… I didn’t realize I was wearing it backwards until Valentino came up to me at the Vanity Fair party and said, ‘Darling, you’re wearing my dress backwards.’”
19. Minnie Driver, 1998
In 2015 Minnie Driver shared an Oscars wardrobe malfunction memory on Live with Kelly and Michael. The actress harked back to the 1998 awards for which she had been nominated for Good Will Hunting, saying, “I got up there, and I put my hand on my hip, and my dress fell off. And I had this fake fur stole around my shoulders, and I pulled it around… And probably if they had got a few frames before, you totally would have seen my boobs.”
18. Margot Robbie, 2018
Margot Robbie proved herself to be a woman of many talents after her Chanel Haute Couture dress broke at the 2018 Academy Awards. When one of the straps came apart, she simply found a sewing kit and stitched everything back together. And although Robbie didn’t scoop the Best Actress prize for I, Tonya that night, she could certainly have won best seamstress instead.
17. Jason Segel, 2012
While it may seem that only female stars suffer red-carpet mishaps, The Muppets writer and actor Jason Segel had an embarrassing moment of his own at the 2012 Oscars. Yes, on that occasion, Segel may have been left red-faced when buttons popped off his tux shirt. But, fortunately, help was at hand. According to Muppets co-writer Nick Stoller, who spoke to Entertainment Weekly, the actor received assistance from Nick Nolte’s date, as “every woman at the Oscars apparently has double-stick tape.”
16. Ashley Judd, 1998
When presenting an award at the 1998 Oscars, Ashley Judd sported a Richard Tyler dress complete with a very high slit. And that ultimately proved a mistake, as far too much was revealed when she walked on stage. Debate then raged about whether the actress had been wearing underwear or nothing at all underneath the gown. Oh, and to make things even more awkward, her mother was there, too.
15. Giuliana Rancic, 2014
E!’s Giuliana Rancic went on the Oscars red carpet in 2014 to report on the stars, even donning a beautiful Paul Vasileff gown for the occasion. Unfortunately, just after a commercial break, the zipper of the dress snapped, sending people running over to stop Rancic accidentally baring all. In the end, Ryan Seacrest came to the rescue by temporarily fixing the zipper with tape.
14. Jennifer Hudson, 2019
Actress and 2007 Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson wore a bold red dress to the 2019 ceremony. The gown didn’t cover her feet, though, which left eagle-eyed Oscar watchers able to spot something on her toes. And one person on Twitter explained exactly what they’d witnessed, writing, “Okay, beautiful dress, but damn Jennifer Hudson’s team for not concealing them ‘ready to pop’ corns.”
13. Alicia Keys, 2009
Unbelievably, Alicia Keys broke the heel of one of her Jimmy Choos just before going out on stage to present an award at the 2009 Oscars. However, such was her composure after the fact that you would have been hard-pressed to spot anything wrong. And in 2015 an Oscars assistant told the New York Post, “[Keys] walked on the ball of her foot so that nobody would know what had happened under her long dress. She was very calm and professional.”
12. Lea Michele, 2018
Lea Michele chose a rather risky dress when she attended Elton John’s Oscars party. And, as it turned out, the risk didn’t pay off, as the gown revealed way too much when the Glee actress later got into a car with Nikki Reed. Michele didn’t seem to let the mishap bother her, mind.
11. Blanca Blanco, 2017
Actress Blanca Blanco accidentally revealed her underwear on the Oscars red carpet in 2017. And, understandably, she didn’t like all the attention that she subsequently received. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Blanco claimed, “I didn’t think, ‘I’m going to expose myself at the Oscars.’ That was not the idea. It was not a strategy or anything.”
10. Violetta Komyshan, 2018
Baby Driver actor Ansel Elgort’s ballerina girlfriend Violetta Komyshan wore a sheer dress to the 2018 Oscars. But that choice of outfit may have been an error, as camera flash ultimately revealed that she wasn’t wearing a bra underneath the gown. Still, Komyshan took the whole affair in her stride, seemingly embracing the mistake by addressing it with the word “Oops” on her Instagram account.
9. Behati Prinsloo, 2015
During the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty, model Behati Prinsloo’s dress slipped and left her in a very compromising position. Luckily, her husband Adam Levine was there, and he quickly blocked the camera’s gaze with his arm so she would have enough time to fix the Calvin Klein garment.
8. Jennifer Garner, 2013
Jennifer Lawrence famously tripped over her dress at the 2013 Academy Awards, but she wasn’t the only actress to do so at the event – or even the only Jennifer. While on the red carpet with Ben Affleck, you see, Jennifer Garner almost fell over thanks to her Gucci gown and high heels. Fortunately, she was able to laugh it all off as she walked on.
7. Shanina Shaik, 2019
Victoria’s Secret model Shanina Shaik wore a strapless dress to the 2019 Vanity Fair afterparty. And as she posed for pictures, things stopped going to plan. As Shaik turned to her side, the material of the dress slid away from her chest and revealed a great deal more than it should have done. And if that wasn’t bad enough, her underwear also showed as she walked away.
6. Helen Mirren, 2018
Even 2007 Best Actress winner Helen Mirren isn’t above the occasional wardrobe malfunction. And at the 2018 Academy Awards, it was noticed that her Reem Acra blue dress, which clung tightly to her chest, showed off a little too much. But considering that the actress drank tequila and stuck her middle finger up on the red carpet, she probably didn’t care.
5. Anne Hathaway, 2013
When Anne Hathaway won the 2013 Best Supporting Actress award for Les Misérables, her outfit raised some eyebrows. Specifically, the front stitching of her Prada dress made her chest look rather different – highlighting her breasts probably more than she would have liked. Echoes of Madonna in the early 1990s, perhaps?
4. Barbra Streisand, 1969
As a young star, poor Barbra Streisand suffered an absolute disaster at the 1969 Oscars ceremony. First of all, it transpired that her Arnold Scaasi suit was very see-through – something that she apparently hadn’t noticed beforehand. Then, as Streisand climbed to the stage to accept her Best Actress gong for the movie Funny Girl, the whole outfit simply ripped. Despite the award, it was a bad day by anyone’s standards.
3. Mariah Carey, 2017
When Mariah Carey wore a stylish animal-print dress to a 2017 Oscars afterparty, it seemed as though the whole ensemble didn’t quite fit her properly. The low-cut neckline and thigh-high slit may not have been good ideas, either. You see, not only did part of the pop star’s nipple escape at one point, but she also accidentally gave onlookers a look at what was or wasn’t under her skirt.
2. Jennifer Lawrence, 2013
Jennifer Lawrence created one of the most memorable Oscars moments to date when she fell over the stairs at the 2013 ceremony. However, it turned out that the Silver Linings Playbook winner’s gorgeous ballgown may have been to blame for the mishap. A year later, the actress told W magazine, “You are supposed to kick the dress out while you walk, and I totally forgot because I was thinking about cake! And that’s why I fell.”
1. Gwyneth Paltrow, 2002
For the 2002 Academy Awards, Gwyneth Paltrow sported an unusual dress that she could actually have pulled off – if she’d worn a bra. Yes, famously, that meshy Alexander McQueen creation didn’t have anything under it. And in 2013 Paltrow herself confessed on her website that the whole look wasn’t a good one. She lamented, “I still love the dress itself, but I should have worn a bra.”