Michelle Morgan: Oscar embarrasment for whatshisname

John Travolta provided an unforgetable moment at this year's Oscars
John Travolta provided an unforgetable moment at this year's Oscars

This year’s Academy Awards threw up the funniest moment in a long time when John Travolta tried to introduce Broadway star Idina Menzel.

After giving her a huge build-up, the actor seemed to completely forget her name, and instead introduced her as Adele Dazeem; a completely fictitious character who has since gone on to have a huge Internet presence on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

The whole thing was obviously embarrassing for John, but for those of us watching on television, it was all rather a hoot.

We’ve all been there; we’ve all struggled to find someone’s name, but thankfully we’ve never done it in front of an audience of millions.

I remember one day my mum gleefully saying hello to “a friend”, and then for ages afterwards trying to recall his name.

It was only that evening when she suddenly realised that the man in question was an actor and the reason she knew him was because he played Len Fairclough in Coronation Street.

Then one day I was out with my husband, and bumped into someone who seemed to know him very well.

The conversation went on forever and they covered all manner of topics, including work, family and friends, but at no point did my hubby introduce me to him and I wondered why.

It all became clear when finally the man bid him farewell with a “See you later Steve!” (My hubby’s name is Richard).

It turned out that not only did he not know this man, but he had never heard of any of the people or situations he was so passionately talking about either.

He hadn’t said anything because the conversation had gone past the point of no return, but still, it was quite funny.

So John really shouldn’t feel bad. There’s no harm done and he has actually generated quite a bit of publicity for Idina Menzel, which surely can’t be a bad thing.