Best Oscars moments: the trip, the jokes and the bad gowns

Feb 25, 2013

From Seth MacFarlane's 'edgy' jokes to Kristen Stewart's odd style, there was plenty to savour

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Jennifer Lawrence trips while collecting her Oscar for Best Actress at the 85th Academy Award

NO ONE watches the Oscars just to see who wins the statuettes. Here are five moments we'll remember from Sunday night… until next year's ceremony at least.

Jennifer Lawrence's big stumble: Jennifer Lawrence's performance in Silver Linings Playbook was so accomplished it earned her an Oscar for best actress, but her journey to the podium to collect the award was less polished. The 22-year-old stumbled over her floor-length cream Dior gown and Hugh Jackman had to help her back to her feet, Sky News notes. After reaching the stage to a standing ovation, Lawrence shrugged it off, saying: "You guys are only standing up because I fell and you feel bad. That was embarrassing."

It's not the first time the Silver Linings Playbook star has suffered a mishap at an awards ceremony. During last month's Screen Actors Guild awards, she accidentally revealed the lining of her midnight blue dress (also by Dior) while walking to the stage to collect the gong for best actress.

Seth MacFarlane's jokes: The event's new presenter did his best to establish his 'edgy' credentials in the opening monologue, singing a song about "boobs" and unleashing a joke about Rihanna and Chris Brown that left A-listers gasping. MacFarlane introduced Tarantino's Django Unchained as the story of a woman who has "been subjected to unthinkable violence. Or, as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, a date movie," quipped MacFarlane. Assessments of his debut ranged from "competent" and "likely to be asked back" to "an unmitigated disaster". The Daily Beast's Marlow Stern said his off-colour jokes seemed to be aimed at "12-year-old boys".

Kristen Stewart's dress: Depending on who you listen to, the Twilight star's Reem Acra gown was either a sartorial triumph or a worst-dressed-list disaster. She twinned it with a pair of crutches (after reportedly cutting her foot on glass a few days before the Oscars), and topped it off with "bed-hair", notes the Crushable website.

Witty play-off music: It's always a bit awkward when winners outstay their welcome, but the use of the Jaws theme to give overstayers an aural shove was inspired, says the Daily Beast. The Life of Pi visual effects team (pictured below) felt the music's bite as they finished their speech.

Adele and Dame Shirley Bassey belting James Bond anthems: Two of the biggest voices of their respective generations were on fine form, letting rip with Skyfall and Goldfinger, respectively. Who was the winner on the night? Well, Adele got the Oscar, but the Welsh icon brought the audience to its feet.

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