John Travolta Makes His Big Return to the Oscars Stage 8 Years After Iconic Adele Dazeem Moment

John Travolta made his big return to the Oscars stage, and we can’t help but recall one of the *last* times he was here. While presenting the award for Best Actor with his fellow Pulp Fiction co-stars Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman at the 2022 Academy Awards, John Travolta managed to not mess up any names as Will Smith was announced as the winner.

Some viewers might have been prepared for a different outcome after he introduced Idina Menze as “Adele Dazeem” at the 2014 Academy Awards in one of the funniest Oscar flubs.

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The mistake quickly became a huge meme, and even Idina got in on the fun by printing fake Playbills saying her new alter ego was taking over the role of her characters in the production of If/Then (the Broadway musical she starred in at the time).

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While on Jimmy Kimmel Live back in 2015, John revealed a script change tripped him up more than he intended.

“They said ‘Oh by the way, we’ve changed Idina’s name to a phonetic spelling and I was like ‘Wait – what do you mean?’ So I go out there and I get to her thing and I go ‘Huh?’ In my mind I’m going ‘What? What is that name? I don’t know that name’. And it was this phonetic spelling, and I didn’t rehearse it that way,'” he said.

A year later at the 2015 ceremony, Travolta presented Best Original Song with Idina who got to introduce him as Glom Gazingo.

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Of course, nothing will top the original moment that had all of us asking just who is Adele Dazeem. But at least we can always relive it thanks to the power of the internet!

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