The awkward cheek-kiss has plagued mankind for decades.

Pull it off smoothly, and you could end up looking like the coolest man in the room. Fuck it up, however, and you can end up with a restraining order and a lifetime's supply of crippling self-loathing.

So let's all spare a thought for John Travolta, who committed the cringe inducing crime with Scarlett Johanson on the Oscars red carpet yesterday.

Turns out he wasn't done there - no siree. Here he is with Idina Menzel, looking for all the world like a giddy, bloated Dracula lookalike.

Royale with sleaze, right?

But he's not the first and he certainly won't be the last. So please, join us as we take a journey through some of the most awkwardly embarassing celebrity encounters ever caught on film...

Like that time Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder nearly pushed Ariana Grande off the stage with this determined cheek-smacker...

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Ariana must have felt pretty bad, to be fair. After all, she's been through it all before...

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Other celebrities have failed just as spectacularly, including 50 Cent...

Even serial smoothster Bill Clinton has suffered it, although you're bound to look the loser when Obama's involved…

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And this Tour De France cyclist's itchy neck routine isn't fooling anyone...

 

As it turns out, the rich and famous are just rubbish at greetings in general...

 

Here's John Mayer desperately trapping Kanye West into an all-consuming hug of failure

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And here's Stephen Merchant giving Joseph Gordon-Levitt a lesson in cool...

 

 

But however bad things get for you, just remember this: You will never be as awkward as Ryan Seacrest trying to high-five a blind guy.

 
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 So you've got that going for you.

 

John Travolta's also pretty good at painfully awkward fan selfies, too