More than a few stumbles clouded the gala ceremony, drawing angry tweets and complaints from viewers.
"No Farrah in the memorial," he tweeted. "They have a lot of 'splaining to do."
The night's most surreal moment came during the presentation of the short documentary award to "Music by Prudence," about an African singer who has been successful despite her crippling disability.
Director Roger Ross Williams rushed excitedly to accept the award and had already started his acceptance speech, saying, "I never imagined in my wildest dreams I'd be up here," when fellow filmmaker Elinor Burkett cut him off and almost pushed him away from the microphone, complaining that a man wouldn't let a woman talk. The two were whisked offstage.
In one strange mishap, "Twilight" stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner introduced a segment on horror films, lamenting that no horror movies had received an Oscar since 1973's "The Exorcist." But the montage that followed included a clip of Anthony Hopkins in "The Silence of the Lambs," which won the best picture Oscar in 1992.
And finally, some wondered why Tom Hanks opened the best picture envelope without naming the nominees.
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As one person tweeted: "Tom Hanks does not . . . around. [Nevermind] naming all 10 movies first. He can do whatever he wants."