Awkwardly Memorable Red Carpet Moments That Prove Celebrities Are Just Normal People

It’s amazing to see celebrities in awkward moments since they usually seem so glamorous. But there are times when they prove to the world they’re just regular people, tripping over their shoes, giving awkward handshakes, and goofing around with their friends.

While us normal folk don’t have to worry about a picture being taken each time we do something questionable, stars don’t have that luxury. Coming to you from various red carpet events, here are some of the more memorable awkward celebrity moments.

Jason Segal’s Strut Being Interrupted By A Vacuum

Jason Segal's Strut Being Interrupted By A Vacuum
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Michael Buckner/Getty Images

When it comes to red carpet events, especially the Oscars, some things are certain to happen. One, actors are going to dazzle in gorgeous formal wear. Two, there will be more than one awkward interview. And three, more designer names will be uttered during that one event than the entire year.

But actor Jason Segel wasn’t anticipating a fourth occurrence: a worker taking the time to vacuum the red carpet while the event was taking place!

Reese Witherspoon Giving Nicole Kidman A Gladiator Handshake

Reese Witherspoon Giving Nicole Kidman A Gladiator Handshake
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Liz O. Baylen/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Reese Witherspoon is one of those celebrities that looks cute no matter what they do, including awkward situations on the red carpet. Here, the Academy Award-winning actress is seen with her Big Little Lies costar Nicole Kidman, who is laughing for a specific reason.

The reason being Witherspoon’s awkward gladiator-esque handshake! Ms. Witherspoon, we promise your peer doesn’t have a weapon tucked under her dress. And we know this because she’s not wearing any sleeves.

David Oyelowo Not Trusting Michael Keaton’s Hug

David Oyelowo Not Trusting Michael Keaton's Hug
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Jason Merritt/Getty Images

One of the more memorable red carpet moments at the 87th Annual Academy Awards was between actor David Oyelowo and Michael Keaton. Now, these two were competitors for a lot of the 2015 award season, with Oyelowo being nominated for his role in Selma and Keaton for Birdman.

But Oyelowo wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, leading to the Batman actor going in for a “no hard feelings” hug and leaving photographers with this marvelously awkward picture.

Scarlett Johansson Wanted Nothing To Do With John Travolta

Scarlett Johansson Wanted Nothing To Do With John Travolta
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Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Actors John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson are no strangers to one another, having worked on the film A Love Song for Bobby Long back in 2004. But, by the looks at this awkward red carpet moment at the 2015 Oscars, you’d think the two had never met!

With Travolta going in for the awkward cheek kiss and Johansson looking like she’d rather be anywhere else, this is definitely one of those moments people won’t soon forget.

Claudio Miranda’s Daughter Making Tiger Faces

Claudio Miranda's Daughter Making Tiger Faces
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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Nothing says “number one fan” quite like Life of Pi cinematographer Claudio Miranda’s daughter, Sophia. This little girl stole the show on the 85th Annual Academy Awards red carpet. Not because she looked adorable in her pink ballerina dress, but because she proved that she was 100 percent there for her dad’s Oscar nomination for best cinematography.

This little girl went all out, bringing a stuffed tiger to the ceremony while baring her teeth and “claws” for the camera. “Pi” Patel and his Bengal tiger boatmate would’ve been proud.

Jessie Graff Proves You Can Karate Kick In A Gown

Jessie Graff Proves You Can Karate Kick In A Gown
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Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Usually sporting workout attire, stuntwoman Jessie Graff shows that no matter what she’s wearing, she’s still able to take on anyone. Honestly, who else is able to make a karate kick look flawless while wearing a ball gown and high heels?

Answer: only Jessie Graff and the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Photographers see a lot of things on the red carpet, but this kick was probably a memorable first for them.

Helen Mirren Tripping At The Berlinale International Film Festival

Helen Mirren Tripping At The 65th Berlinale International Film Festival
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Target Presse Agentur Gmbh/Getty Images

Helen Mirren is known for a lot of things, namely the critically acclaimed films she’s starred in throughout her career. But at the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival, she became known for two more things.

One being her gorgeous floor-length emerald green gown, and the second being nearly face-planting on the red carpet because of the first thing! But, as Dame Helen Mirren does, she fell with grace and poise and didn’t say one bad word at the people who snapped this picture.

Alysia Reiner Having Her Train Fixed

Alysia Reiner Getting Her Train Fixed
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FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

In 2015, Orange is the New Black actress Alysia Reiner arrived on the Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet looking stunning in a floor-length off-the-shoulder scarlet ballgown. Her hair makeup was done to perfection, and not one hair was out of place.

What was out of place, though, was the train of her mermaid-style dress! Who could forget the moment she began getting twisted up in her gown, only to have one of the ceremony workers come to her rescue. Priceless.

The South Park Creators Brought The ’90s To The 2000 Oscars

Oscars South Park dresses OSC
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It was the turn of the century, so something was going to happen during the 2000 Academy Award Ceremony. But we’ll bet money no one thought that “something” was going to be Marc Shaiman and the creators of South Park dressing in some of the most memorable outfits from the ’90s.

Shaiman opted for a very Justin Timberlake-esque fuzzy blue coat and hat while Matt Stone is wearing a pink dress very similar to Gwyneth Paltrow’s dress from the previous year. Then, there’s Trey Park, who decided JLo’s iconic green Versace dress was the way to go.

Jessica Alba Taking A Tumble At The Teen Choice Awards

Jessica Alba Taking A Tumble At The Teen Choice Awards
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Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage

Actress Jessica Alba was all over the place in the early 2000s, with her roles in Entourage, Fantastic Four, and Into the Blue. So, it was only right for her to be invited to the Teen Choice Awards in 2006, receiving a nomination for “Choice Female Hottie.”

It’s too bad that she’s not really remembered for winning the award, and more so for falling on the award carpet before even making it inside the venue. Whoops.

Ralph Fiennes Striking A Very Un-Ralph-Fiennes-Like Pose

Ralph Fiennes Striking A Very Un-like Ralph Fiennes Pose
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Danny Martindale/FilmMagic

Ralph Fiennes is known for his incredible stage acting and serious roles in critically acclaimed films such as Schindler’s List. So, when he stepped out on the EE British Academy Film Awards red carpet in 2015, his pose was pretty, shall we say, out of character!

Who would have thought the actor who plays He Who Must Not Be Named could look so posh posing in a bow tie and three-piece suit? The actor’s sassy appearance is definitely one of the more memorable red carpet moments.

Jennifer Garner Catching Herself Before A Major Fall

Jennifer Catching Herself Before A Major Fall
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Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Beautiful, classy, and always dressed to impress on the red carpet, Jennifer Garner pulled out all the stops during the 2013 Oscars. The actress looked stunning during the awards ceremony wearing a strapless merlot-colored dress with ruffle accents going down her back.

And while her entrance into the venue went off without a hitch, the same can’t be said for the after-party Vanity Fair carpet. There, Garner had to catch herself before taking a tumble. Ball gowns and stilettoes aren’t the best match, as it turns out.

Angelina Jolie’s Infamous Hip Pop And Leg

Angelina Jolie's Infamous Hip Pop And Leg
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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Up next: Angelina Jolie and the famous dress slit that became a fan favorite all over the internet. While the actress looks absolutely stunning in her strapless black gown at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, it’s doubtful she thought it would be one of the most memorable looks ever to grace the red carpet.

Well, more so, her hip pop and leg became memorable than the actual garment, but that’s beside the point!

Sandra Bullock Bowing To Greatness

Sandra Bullock Taking Time To Bow Among Greatness
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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

There is a lot of hustle and bustle on the red carpet during events, especially the Oscars. So, it’s amazing this little snippet of perfection was captured and frozen in time! Here, we see Best Actress nominee Sandra Bullock interrupting her interview to bow to greatness.

That greatness being none other than Dame Helen Mirren, a fellow Best Actress nominee. As it turned out, Bullock walked away with the award, winning for her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side.

Bret McKenzie Arriving To The 2012 Oscars In Style

Bret McKenzie Arriving To The 2012 Oscars In Style
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Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Honestly, only someone who can compose a song titled “Man or Muppet” would be able to pull off this epic leap on the Academy Award ceremony red carpet. And here we have Bret McKenzie at the ceremonies 84th event, acting as though he’s on stage with The Who.

He has reason to celebrate, though, since his song from The Muppets was nominated for Best Song. McKenzie wound up walking away with the win that year.

Benedict Cumberbatch Photobombing U2

Benedict Cumberbatch Photobombing U2
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Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

While most people are formal and professional during red carpet events, Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t most people. At the 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in 2014, The Imitation Game actor decided he wanted to put acting on the back burner and become part of a band.

The band in question was none other than the popular Irish rock band U2. And what better way to join a band than photobombing their very nice group photo on the red carpet?

Meryl Streep’s Face When She’s A Best Actress Nominee

Meryl Streep's Face When She's A Best Actress Nominee
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Jeff Vespa/WireImage

Although the wonderful talents of Meryl Streep have been recognized numerous times, starting in 1978 with her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, it doesn’t mean she can’t celebrate her success on the red carpet!

Looking like a classic beauty in her blouse and long skirt combination, Streep went into the 86th Academy Award ceremony with yet another nomination under her belt. And, looking at this picture, it’s clear she was very excited about the honor.

Janelle Monáe Not-So-Subtly Showing Off Her Rings

Janelle Monae Not So Subtly Showing Off Her Rings
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Christopher Polk/Getty Images

A lot of people watch the red carpet arrivals to see the stunning outfits the celebrities wear. And while interviews are usually centered around designers and “what the actors are wearing,” none typically show off their jewelry in such a not-so-subtle manner.

Then, there’s musician/actress Janelle Monáe and her numerous rings that she just had to show off to the cameras! The staged startled look is just pretentious enough that it became something to remember.

The Ladies Of Little Women Excited To See Their On-Screen Mom

Ladies Of Little Women Excited To See Their On-Screen Mom
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Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

After working on a film for months on end, it must be strange not seeing castmates every day. So, it was precious watching this red carpet moment between the cast of Little Women. The four “little women” were posing for the cameras when their on-screen mom walked onto the red carpet.

As you can probably tell from their facial expressions, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, and Saoirse Ronan are beyond excited to see Laura Dern.

The Hunger Games Cast Figuring Out How To Take A Picture

The Hunger Games Cast Figuring Out How To Take A Picture
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Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

An actress with more than one memorable moment on the red carpet is Jennifer Lawrence, especially when her friends are involved. And when those friends just so happen to be Hunger Games costars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, all bets are off.

At this red carpet event, Hutcherson and Lawrence turn into feuding siblings, trying to figure out how to either take a picture or hug while Hemsworth does nothing more than laugh. This, folks, is friendship at its finest.