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Relax, Franco: '80s holds title for worst Oscar telecasts



worst_oscars.jpgOne thing we learned about James Franco during Sunday night's Oscars telecast: Maybe he wasn't acting in Pineapple Express afterall.

But chill, dude. Turns out that your debacle was nothing compared with a couple of dud Academy Awards shows in our beloved '80s.

MARCH 30, 1987: Taking the stage to host the Oscars are (drumroll please): Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn ... and Crocodile Dundee. Yes, Aussie actor Paul Hogan somehow made the cut. There are few, if any, photos of the threesome together on stage that night. (Maybe, like Prince, Hogan had all online images destroyed.) 
The winners that year: Platoon won best picture and directing.
Notable trivia: This was the last time multiple hosts tackled the Oscars until last year's show with Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.
Memorable line: "Is the game over yet?" -- Chevy Chase. The Oscars were broadcast opposite the NCAA title basketball game between Indiana and Syracuse.

MARCH 28, 1989: This is also known as the Snow White Debacle. There was no host for this year's telecast. Rather the show opened with a skit featuring Snow White, Merv Griffin and Rob Lowe. Disney was not amused and sued for using the likeness of their famed cartoon character. The suit was later dropped, but show producer Alan Carr would never produce another Oscars telecast again.
The winners that year: Rain Man won for best picture and directing.
Notable trivia: This was the year that producers infamously tried to change the language from "And the winner is" to "And the Oscar goes to."
Memorable line: "In my nervousness, I left out the director's name, and I left out Tom's name. Tom, thank you very much. I love you very much." -- Dustin Hoffman, who forget to thank Tom Cruise and Barry Levinson after he won best actor for Rain Man.


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