Jennifer Lawrence falling over in 2013
On her way to retrieve her Best Actress Oscar for her work in Silver Linings Playbook, JLaw fell midway up the stairs. “I was horrified,” remembers four-time Academy Award production designer Derek McLane, who was sitting in the audience. “I thought someone had spilled something and then I realized it was her dress,” he said. “Thank god she was okay.”
Nicole Kidman's Weird Clap
The actress’s truly weird clapping technique was seen around the world and meme’d shortly after. During an interview with an Australian radio show, she explained that she clapped that way because she didn’t want to damage the rings on loan to her: “I was like gosh, I want to clap, I don’t want to not be clapping, which would be worse, right? ‘Why isn’t Nicole clapping?’ So therefore I’m clapping but it was really difficult because I had a huge ring on that was not my own, but it was absolutely gorgeous, and I was terrified of damaging it!”
John Travolta being weird
John Travolta managed to make a fool of himself twice at the 2014 Oscars. The first when he tried to kiss former co-star Scarlett Johansson on the red carpet making for an awkward montage of photos; and the second when he completely butchered Idina Menzel’s name while announcing her performance during the telecast. He called her Adele Dazeem instead.
Chrissy Teigen sleeping
Leave it to Chrissy to show us what’s what. The model and mom of two was caught snoozing on her husband John Legend‘s shoulder at the 89th Academy Awards as Casey Affleck accepted the Best Actor award for his role in Manchester by the Sea. “Chrissy Teigen sleeping during the Oscars is my 2017 mood,” one Twitter user wrote alongside a photo of her sleeping.
As if making out with him on the red carpet wasn’t surprising enough, Ange said some weird stuff about him when she won the award for Best Supporting Actress in Girl, Interrupted. “I’m in shock, and I’m so in love with my brother right now,” she giggled. “He just held me and said he loved me and I know he’s so happy for me.”
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James Franco and Anne Hathaway fall flat
In an attempt to appeal to a younger demographic, the Academy took a risk on a hilariously mismatched pair of hosts. Anne Hathaway and James Franco presented polar-opposite energies and senses of humour, and literally everything that they did or said while hosting in 2011 was a flop. The pair had no chemistry and it showed on stage making it a night of uncomfortable viewing for the audience.
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A smash hit
Moana star Auli’i Cravalho was hit in the head with a flag during her performance with Lin-Manuel Miranda at the 2017 Academy Awards but she took it like a champ. The 16-year-old singer and actress was performing ‘How Far I’ll Go’ when the the snafu occured but she kept on singing and hitting all her high notes perfectly.
That Bizarre Ending To Oscars 2017
After pretending that La La Land won the award for best picture, Warren Beatty brought the cast on stage and after they all gave their speeches, it was discovered that MOONLIGHT HAD ACTUALLY WON. Warren misread the envelope or something.
This has to be the strangest moment in Oscars history and you have to feel bad for the La La Land team who looked understandably crestfallen.
Bjork's swan song
Everyone were stunned when Björk showed off her bizarre fashion sense on the red carpet by wearing a frilly swan dress. She then proceeded to “lay” a bunch of eggs during her appearance too. The now infamous dress sits in the Museum of Modern art.
A Star Is Born
At just 11 years of age, Anna Paquin became the second youngest Oscar winner in history for her work in The Piano.
It's A Tie
For the first time ever, in 1968, Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn became the first two actors two ever be tied for an Oscar. The two got their own statuettes and read out separate speeches.
The We-fie Seen Across The World
Time magazine named the photo Ellen DeGeneres orchestrated at the 2014 Oscars to its list of 100 most influential images of all time. However, a little-known fact about the image, for which DeGeneres takes credit on her show, is that the photo was actually snapped by actor Bradley Cooper, who had a longer arm and was able to get more people in the frame.
A Picture Of Grace
Grace Kelly was the picture of elegance as she accepted her Oscar for The Country Girl in 1954. The actress married Prince Rainier of Monaco two years later, and became Princess Grace.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s acceptance speech for Shakespeare in Love was short and sweet – because Gwyneth couldn’t get the words out. The actress was so teary, her speech had to be cut short.
That Suprise Kiss
When dark horse, Adrien Brody’s name was called out in the Best Actor category, no one was as stunned as he. Daniel Day Lewis was thought to be the front runner for Gangs of New York. Adrien strode onto the stage, he pulled presented Halle Berry in by the waist and gave her a kiss that has gone down in history.
History In The Making
Halle Berry was understandably teary when she went on stage to accept the Best Actress Oscar for Monster’s Ball. She was the very first African-American woman to do so – and the grandeur of such a moment was not lost on her. “This is so much bigger than me,” she cried.
In a moving ceremony and speech, Heath Ledger’s family were welcomed onstage to accept his Oscar for The Dark Knight on his behalf. The 28-year-old had died just a few months earlier.
Short And Sweet
Joe Pesci won the Oscar for Best Actor in Good Fellas in 1991, and wasn’t one for long speeches. His lasted 4 seconds, and said simply, “It was my privilege. Thank you.”
The Longest Speech In History?
In contrast, Julia Roberts had one of the longest speeches. She couldn’t hold it back when she won for Erin Brockovich in 2001. She thanked in her words “everyone in my life”, and jumped up and down in her almost 5 minute speech.
Doing It For The Girls
For her work on Hurtlocker, Kathryn Bigelow became the very first woman to ever win a Best Director Oscar.
Finally A Win
After being nominated five times and losing every one, it was a moment of triumph when Leonardo Dicaprio was finally, finally given the recognition he deserved for his work in The Revenant.
When Marlon Brando won his Oscar for The Godfather in 1973, it was not the man himself who came onstage to accept it. Sacheen Littlefeather, a Native American woman, came onstage at his request and made a statement about the ‘Wounded Knee’ incident. The host told her if she wasn’t off the stage in 60 seconds, he would have her arrested. She was booed off stage.
Melissa Leo made Oscar history in 2011 by blurting the F-word, which amazingly had never been uttered in the previous 82 years.
Rap Gets Heard
In a surprising move, the Academy proved they did know what a rapper was, and gave ‘Best Original Song’ to the Three 6 Mafia for their song ‘Hard Out Here for a Gangsta’ in the movie Hustle & Flow.
(Text by bauersyndication.com.au / Additional Reporting by Natalya Molok)