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dateline: 01 March 2017

Oscars Has Most Embarrassing Moment

Listen to the news in English with Tara Benwell

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • embarrassing: feeling very uncomfortable
  • presenter: a person who shares information with an audience
  • crew: a group of people who work together on a project such as a film
  • producer: a person that manages the making of a film
  • reveal: to show the truth
  • gracious: with a kind heart

Oscars Has Most Embarrassing Moment

This year’s Oscars show ended with a historic embarrassing moment when the wrong movie title was announced as best . The presenters, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the envelope containing the winner for best actress in a role and mistakenly announced La La Land as the winner instead of Moonlight. The Oscars producers quickly realized the envelope mix-up, but not before the cast and crew of La La Land took the stage to the award. La La Land’s producer, who was on stage when the mistake was revealed, was the one who took the and graciously announced that Moonlight was the actual winner.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What embarrassing thing happened at this year’s Oscars?
  2. Why does the report mention Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway?
  3. Which film won best picture?

Discussion Questions: This year’s Oscars had a 9-year low for ratings. Do you think this error could have been a publicity stunt? Why or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

8 Comments on Oscars Has Most Embarrassing Moment

  1. Alberto says:

    I am not sure about that. I think it is a very big mistake but…. A lot of people who don´t like Oscars became interested in this issue the day before (this is my case).

    I think that we will never know the truth.

  2. Bijan says:

    Dear Unknown and dear Minh Nguyen,

    Nice to meet you.

    Please, write “i” with capital letter in your writing.
    Thus, ” I like ” and ” I hope ” are correct.

    Thanks in advance and best wishes,

  3. minh nguyen xuan says:

    i like oscar but this year they made me disappointed .i hope they will make better next years.

  4. unkown says:

    i like oscar but this years they made me disappointed .i hope they will make better next years.

  5. unkown says:

    This is a disaster.No one will watch oscar anymore

  6. Bijan says:

    Hello, dear Emmanuel,

    I am ready to help you.

    I searched for you on English Club, but I could not find you.

    Best wishes,

  7. Emmanuel says:

    Hello!i’m not speaking verry well english,bat i’ll to speak an i’looking thé perdons man and wumon to help me

  8. Bijan says:

    Dear Tara,

    Thank you for talking about the Oscar 2017 in this week’s news.

    The Oscar 2017 had good news for Iran and Iranian people because an Iranian film (the salesman) won the Oscar award.

    An Iranian astronaut Mrs. Anousheh Ansari and professor Firouz Nadri (former the NASA director) accepted the award on behalf of Iranian director whose name is Mr.Farhadi.

    I have written a blog about the subject on English Club with beautiful images:

    Thanks a lot and best wishes,

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