Surprise, You’re On Camera! The Best Award Show Audience Reactions

March 7, 2016  |  
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The Academy Awards may be over, but the pics, memes and GIFs they inspired will live on in our hearts forever.  The same goes for any awards show where star reactions are caught on camera and up for grabs.  From the Academy Awards, a.k.a., the Oscars, to the Golden Globes, Grammys and every other awards show in between, these surprising looks that range from fright to shock, admiration and respect, surprise to shade, remind us why actors, singers, and other entertainers are so closely observed in our pop culture obsessed society.  Check out these honest, life-giving moments courtesy of your favorite celebrities.

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Image Source: Giphy

Leonardo DiCaprio

When Lady Gaga walked up to accept her Golden Globe for her performance in American Horror Story, she accidentally bumped into Leonardo DiCaprio.  He seemed to have been in the middle of laughing and probably wasn’t paying attention to what was going on, prompting this real and hilarious response from the actor.

Chadwick Boseman

The upcoming star of Black Panther was seated behind Leonardo DiCaprio when The Revenant star’s name was called for Best Actor at the Academy Awards.  Boseman’s reaction was everything.

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy perfectly illustrated what we all thought and felt when Stacey Dash appeared on stage at the Academy Awards, talmbout, “I cannot wait to help my people out.”  Happy Black History Month? Um, sure, Stacey.


The Weeknd

The “Earned It” singer’s reaction to Stacey Dash was just as hilarious as Chrissy Teigen’s.  Thank you, Weeknd, for expressing how we all felt.

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Taraji P. Henson

When Taraji stood up and clapped for Viola Davis after losing out to the actress at last year’s Emmy’s, she was literally the only one standing and clapping.  The ultimate hype woman and true friend, Henson’s respect for her colleague speaks volumes.

Tori Kelly

You may not even know who Tori Kelly is, but the singer’s reaction to Taylor Swift’s Grammy acceptance speech certainly gave her a boost–and everyone else a laugh.  Priceless.

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When Prince picked up the shoe that Patti LaBelle kicked off during her 2010 BET Awards performance like it was a wonder to behold?  There’s not enough “yassss” in the world for that.

Jay Z

Remember that moment when Kanye West almost bum rushed the stage when Beck accepted his Grammy for Album of the Year?  Jay Z was clearly not here for another Taylor Swift-like moment.  It could have been a disaster, but thankfully, West was just joking that time.


Oprah and David Oyelowo

During Common and John Legend’s performance of “Glory” at the 2015 Academy Awards, Oprah and David Oyelowo damn near lost it.  What a beautiful moment.

Smiths at VMAs

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The Smiths

Apparently, Lady Gaga’s 2013 VMA performance wasn’t exactly family friendly.  Just ask the Smiths.

Those lips tho.

Australia’s Got Talent

This audience member wins the trophy, hands down, for best awards show reaction ever.

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