We love that the Oscars are a celebration of all things wonderful about the movies and the very interesting people who make them. Watching the ceremony over the years, we’ve cheered, cringed, laughed, and even cried. From the touching to the outrageous to the plain crazy, here are our most memorable Oscar moments.
1. And the winner is...Tigger!
There were many ‘awww!’ moments when the feel-good ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ won 8 Oscars in 2009, like when all the kids from the movie came on stage, and when writer Simon Beaufoy delivered that truly heartfelt speech. But the moment that stood out was when Danny Boyle received his Best Director award by bouncing up and down on stage. “I promised my children that if this miracle ever happened I would receive it in the spirit of Tigger," was the explanation.
2. The prime of Mr. Brody
After he won Best Actor for ‘The Pianist’ in 2003, it was obvious that Adrien Brody was in a great mood. So great in fact, that he spread the cheer by planting a great big kiss on Halle Berry. He then told a rather shell-shocked Berry, (and the audience), "I bet they didn't tell you that was in the gift bag!"
3. A whole lotta protesting
Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore was never one to keep his thoughts quietly to himself. And in 2003, when his ‘Bowling for Columbine’ won Best Documentary Feature, he gave vent to his thoughts on the US invasion of Iraq and President Bush. To a mixed reaction of cheers and boos, Moore shouted, “We are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you.”
4. Halle’s first
In 2002, Halle Berry became the first African-American woman to win a Best Actress Oscar for her role in ‘Monster’s Ball’. In her very moving speech, where she couldn’t hold back her tears, she said, "This moment is for all the nameless, faceless women of colour who now have a chance because this door tonight has been opened."
5. Look who’s leaping!
Winning an Oscar gives you wings, or something like it. In 1999, Italian director Roberto Benigni was so excited when his ‘Life is beautiful’ won Best Foreign Language Film that he leaped over chairs (and the people sitting in them, including Steven Spielberg) to get to the stage. Quite crazy we thought, but also quite cute.
6. Inspiring grace
There were few dry eyes in the audience in 1996 as ‘Superman’ actor Christopher Reeve gave a speech sitting in his wheelchair. Reeve, who’d been paralysed from the shoulder down in a horse-riding accident, implored Hollywood to make more movies on social issues.
7. Strong like Jack
Jack Palance was 72 when he finally won an Oscar in 1992 for his role in the movie ‘City Slickers’. But he proved that age is just a number when he dropped down on stage and started doing push-ups.
8. “You must like me!”
Sally Field’s hyper-excited acceptance speech for winning the Best Actress award for 1985’s ‘Places in the Heart’ is pretty much one of the most famous in Oscar history. “The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!” She’d won earlier in 1979 for ‘Norma Rae’. Yes, she’d been less excited then.
9. Streaker on stage
Rewind to 1974, where British actor David Niven was introducing Best Picture presenter Elizabeth Taylor on stage. Suddenly, a man (Robert Opal) streaked across the stage. Why on earth? Well, it was the 70s, streaking was a fad, and it made its way to the Academy Awards stage. Opal became a part of Oscar history, as did Niven’s clever comeback: ''Probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings."
10. That native feeling
In 1973, Marlon Brando, Best Actor winner for ‘Godfather’, didn’t show up for the awards himself. But he did show off his political leanings by sending Native-American activist Sacheen Littlefeather to refuse the Oscar on his behalf. The reason for his refusal - "the treatment of the American Indians today by the film industry."