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The greatest, funniest and most ludicrous moments in Academy Award history


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Bjork Lays An Egg
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Crash Crashes The Awards
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How Not To Give A Speech
Bjork Lays An Egg
2001 In a sea of tasteful frocks and safe suits, you have to thank the lord for people like Björk. The Icelandic oddball, nominated for a song she contributed to Dancer in the Dark, arrived dressed in a dead swan and some Nora Batty-ish tights. She then proceeded to leave golden eggs along the red carpet. For this, we love her and wish she could come back every year.
Crash Crashes The Awards
2005 When the envelope for Best Picture was opened at the 2005 awards, it was supposed to say Brokeback Mountain. Possibly Capote. When Crash was called out, it was the biggest upset in recent Oscar memory. If you mention this win in a group of film buffs you can still kick off an argument that lasts for days.
Marty's A Smash
1977 Trying to enliven the also-ran category of Best Live-Action Short, presenter Marty Feldman inexplicably decided to hurl the little gold bald fella at the floor, smashing it in two. As he handed it to the winners, he remarked, "It said 'Made in Hong Kong' on the bottom." The victors can't have been delighted with their two prizes for the price of one, but it made the category memorable.
How Not To Give A Speech
1998 Helen Hunt was a lone American among four Brits in the 1998 Best Actress category. That her turn in As Good As It Gets beat Kate Winslet, Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench (who deserved the prize for Mrs Brown) and Helen Mirren was travesty enough. That she then made a dreadfully patronising speech calling everyone winners almost lead to war.
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1 RE: Mistake
Posted on Wednesday February 16, 2011, 14:07 by Evil_Bob
Helen Hunt beat Julie Christie to the Oscar not Helen Mirren Read More

2 Mistake
Posted on Saturday March 20, 2010, 20:01 by JohnnyWalker2001
Apparently Littlefeather WASN'T the hired actress Ebert reported her to be... http://www.sacheenlittlefeather.net/pages/1/in dex.htm Read More

3 RE: Moment number 5
Posted on Thursday March 18, 2010, 18:42 by TheSpleen
Treyt Parker and Matt Stone not being filmed because they knew when Phil Collins won they'd do something if a camera was on them. Sally Kirkland's face when Cher won the Oscar. Read More

4 RE: Moment number 5
Posted on Friday March 5, 2010, 03:55 by IrmaCMD
Billy Crystal hosted 1990, 91, 92, 93, 97, 98, 2000, and 2004 - so they are correct and you are not. Read More

5 Moment number 5
Posted on Friday February 26, 2010, 16:55 by calwen
It was in 2004 not 1990 when Billy Crystal hosted Oscars and sang a song about nominees. Read More

6 Marty
Posted on Saturday February 6, 2010, 05:38 by Stehako
This is awesome that you put him winning at number one! Actually, I would have rather seen him win 10 other deserving trophies; but still glad you recognize his brilliance and the Academy's inaneness. Read More

7 Marty
Posted on Saturday February 6, 2010, 05:37 by Stehako
This is awesome that you put him winning at number one! Actually, I would have rather seen him win 10 other deserving trophies; but still glad you recognize his brilliance and the Academy's inaneness. Read More

8 Minor detail:
Posted on Friday February 5, 2010, 14:02 by bramkleiweg
This special I absolutely love, but the mention of 'The Comedian Song' contains an error. At the 2007 Academy Awards, it wasn't Peter Fonda who 'was to be beaten down with a Nickelodeon Award', but Peter O'Toole. Read More

9 Deja Vu?
Posted on Thursday February 4, 2010, 19:17 by tobesm
This list seems spectacularly familiar... Read More

10 sponsored by Crash on Blu Ray
Posted on Wednesday February 3, 2010, 23:09 by stufrazer1983
do like that, you don't care about your sponsors who you say is undeserving of the Oscar it was awarded. It wasn't deserving wholly undeserving. But I laughed when I saw it was sponsored by Crash on Blu Ray. If I was the type of person to LOL I would. Read More

11 That Marisa Tomei thing is just cruel
Posted on Wednesday February 3, 2010, 22:34 by Andr913
Why does everyone hate her so much, she was hilarious in that film! Read More

12 No Wolverine?!
Posted on Wednesday February 3, 2010, 17:28 by RosskoEmpire
What about Hugh Jackmans absolutely superb opening from last years Oscars? Purely a genuinely fantastic moment in Academy Award history.. Read More

13 Mistake, Empire!!!
Posted on Wednesday February 3, 2010, 13:49 by Oliver Sim
'The Comedian Song'. They were going to beat Peter O'Toole with a Nickelodeon Award! Read More

14 Chariots of Fire
Posted on Wednesday February 3, 2010, 12:04 by pawsey
Didn't this receive seven NOMINATIONS and just four Oscars? Read More

15 geeeeez
Posted on Wednesday February 3, 2010, 01:05 by waltham1979
"but Cameron couldn't hear them as he brandished his Best Director Statue. "I'm king of the world!" he cried and, with the biggest film ever under his belt, it was hard to argue." SERIOUSLY I love you guys but do you think you could get your head out of Cameron's arse for just one minute???....... Read More

16 geeeeez
Posted on Wednesday February 3, 2010, 01:04 by waltham1979
"but Cameron couldn't hear them as he brandished his Best Director Statue. "I'm king of the world!" he cried and, with the biggest film ever under his belt, it was hard to argue." SERIOUSLY I love you guys but do you think you could get your head out of Cameron's arse for just one minute???....... Read More

17 Tomei's career since winning the Oscar....
Posted on Wednesday February 3, 2010, 00:15 by Ichi1
....has been far more interesting, creative, and down right better than the 4 ladies she was nominated against. She deserved the win for Vinny and people need to get over it already. Read More

18 Just a correction.
Posted on Tuesday February 2, 2010, 19:51 by fada
No. 8: "-- and beat Peter Fonda down with a Nickelodeon award." You must mean Peter O'Toole :) Read More

19 All right apart from one
Posted on Tuesday February 2, 2010, 18:42 by babasala
Love the list. Apart from the Stomp Comment. That was classic. The moment I actually started paying attention to the oscars. There anywhere we can see video of all these? Read More

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Posted on Tuesday February 2, 2010, 14:25 by devenden
hugh jackmans musical opening??? Read More

21
Posted on Tuesday February 2, 2010, 13:32 by plum bob
SCOR SE SE, SCOR SE SE WOOOOOOOOOO! spot on empire! Read More

22 RE: superb list...
Posted on Wednesday February 18, 2009, 11:25 by Drew_231
I think Chaplin's ovation should have been number one Read More

23 RE: Every year the same
Posted on Tuesday February 17, 2009, 10:39 by kinkykeeks
I agree, try finding some new ones instead of recycling the old ones, even a little reshuffle might do Read More


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