With the 87th annual Academy Awards fast approaching and airing this Sunday Feb. 22, many avid movie goers are excited to see the much anticipated results of this year’s ceremony. Surely the night will be filled with plenty of jokes, surprises, heartfelt speeches, and with Neil Patrick Harris hosting this year’s ceremony – hopefully a dance number or two. And so, with the big day happening in only a couple of days, Addicted decided to put together a list of the 10 most memorable moments in Oscar history.
1. Jennifer Lawrence’s Big Win…And Fall
When America’s sweetheart, Jennifer Lawrence, won her Oscar for Best Actress in 2013 it was sadly overshadowed by her fall while walking up the steps to accept her award. Most actresses might have become overwhelmed with embarrassment, but Lawrence simply shrugged it off and laughed by saying, “You guys are standing up because I fell.”
You can see Lawrence take a tumble at 1:33.
2. Ellen DeGeneres Ordering Pizza at the 2014 Oscars
Last year Ellen DeGeneres hosted the Oscars, and boy did she ever make up for the questionable hosting job done by Seth MacFarlane in 2013. One of the best moments of the night is when DeGeneres ordered pizza during the actual ceremony and went into the audience to hand out slices. The interesting part was seeing which celebs were brave enough to eat some greasy pizza while wearing their couture.
3. Halle Berry and Denzel Washington Both Winning Oscars in 2002
In its first 35 years, the Academy Awards had only ever had one black actor win for a leading role, which is why in 2002 history was made when two black actors took home an Oscar for a leading role – Halle Berry for ‘Monster’s Ball’ and Denzel Washington for ‘Training Day.’
4. Kathryn Bigelow Winning Best Director for ‘Hurt Locker’
To this day Bigelow is the only female to win an Oscar for Best Director. Fun fact: She was head-to-head in this category against her ex-husband, James Cameron, who was nominated for ‘Avatar.’
5. Adrien Brody Winning an Oscar for ‘The Pianist’ and Planting a Kiss on Presenter, Halle Berry
Quite possibly one of my personal favourite moments from the Academy Awards was when Adrien Brody won his Oscar for Best Actor in ‘The Pianist’ and accepted his award by giving presenter, Halle Berry, a big fat kiss on the lips.
6. Charlie Chaplin receiving an Honourary Oscar
After 20 years spent in Europe, film legend Charlie Chaplin returned to the United States to receive an Honourary Award in 1972, for which he received a 12-minute long standing ovation.
7. Martin Scorsese Wins Oscar for ‘Best Director’….FINALLY!
Martin Scorsese is one of the most celebrated filmmakers of our time, yet he had still never taken home that coveted gold statue. However, in 2007 his luck changed when he won the Best Director nod for ‘The Departed’ after having been previously nominated four times.
8. Cuba Gooding Jr.’s Triumphant and Enthusiastic Best Supporting Actor Speech
When Cuba Gooding Jr. won Best Supporting Actor for his role in ‘Jerry Maguire’ in 1997, we couldn’t help but fall in love with him. The actor was genuinely shocked and grateful for the recognition and even got the audience on its feet clapping and cheering when he continued to scream “I love you all!”
9. James Franco and Anne Hathaway Hosting the Oscars
Okay, so it may not be a moment we want to remember, but sadly we do. When James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosted the Oscars in 2011 the world couldn’t not talk about it due to Franco’s low energy delivery and Hathaway’s over-the-top and fake performance.
10. Heath Ledger Wins Best Supporting Actor
It was a bittersweet moment when Heath Ledger won Best Supporting Actor for his role as the Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’ for he had sadly passed away. His portrayal of the Joker had all of Hollywood talking and solidified his place as one of the greatest actors of all time. His family accepted the award on his behalf.