Great Job, Internet!: Sammy Davis Jr. handled his Oscar flub like a boss in 1964

Yes, we may never stop talking about the Oscar gaffe heard ’round the world on Sunday night; it’s definitely the biggest mistake in Academy Awards history, but it’s not the only one. In 1934, when host Will Rogers called “C’mon, get it, Frank!” for Best Director, Frank Capra started for the stage, thinking he was the winner, but the award went to Frank Lloyd. But in 89 years, only one other person has been given the wrong envelope at an Oscar ceremony: Sammy Davis Jr. in 1964.

As WGN pointed out when it posted the vintage footage, Davis was presenting two similar awards: scoring of music (adaptation or treatment) and music score (substantially original). He read the scoring of music nominees off the teleprompter, then was handed an envelope, and read the name in it out loud. He then realized immediately that the name he read wasn …

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