The 'Hidden Fences' mistakes may be the most awkward Golden Globes moments

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At every awards show, there's always one red carpet mistake that is more memorable and awkward than the others. This year, that distinction might go to Jenna Bush Hager, NBC's "Today" show correspondent who co-hosted the network's special before the Golden Globes on Sunday night.

"So, you're nominated for 'Hidden Fences,'" Hager said to singer Pharrell, before asking him about how he planned to celebrate the night.

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Cue a very confused look by Pharrell, because he is nominated for best original score for the movie "Hidden Figures," which is centered around three black women working behind-the-scenes at NASA in the 1960s. "Fences," of course, is another movie starring black actors, with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in the leading roles of a film based on August Wilson's play. Clearly, people on Twitter had a lot to say about that mix-up.

Hager wasn't the only one to get the movie names wrong. While presenting best supporting actress (in which "Hidden Figures" star Octavia Spencer and "Fences" star Viola Davis were nominated), Michael Keaton also called the movie "Hidden Fences."

Soon, #GoldenGlobesErrors became a popular hashtag.

Hager addressed the snafu on "Today" Monday. "If I offended people, I'm deeply sorry. It was a mistake, because ya'll know I"m not perfect," she said.

It wasn't the only mistake on NBC's broadcast: On the red carpet, Natalie Morales said that Jeffrey Tambor was from the show "Transgender." (It's actually "Transparent.")

Later, viewers found out that co-host Al Roker accidentally referred to Jessica Biel as the actress "Jessica Alba" -- apparently he had to film a new introduction, so the audience didn't get to see that mistake.

"We're here with Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel. I said 'Alba' before," Roker confessed as Timberlake and Biel cracked up next to him. "We're doing it again."

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