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Farewell To The Duke
1979 Arriving to a thunderous ovation to present Best Picture, John Wayne looked a shadow of his former self in 1979. But he said, "Oscar and I have something in common. Oscar came onto the Hollywood scene in 1928. So did I. We're both a little weather beaten, but we plan to stick around, for a whole lot longer". Two months later he was dead.
Ali vs Rocky
1976 The greatest boxers of the movie world and the real world met on stage at the 1976 ceremony. As Sylvester Stallone, aka Rocky Balboa, prepared to present an award, Muhammad Ali snuck up behind him. The two got into a mock argument and then a mock tussle, which Ali, naturally, won. And then the world's sports fans went to change their underwear.
Tom Hanks Outs His Teacher
1994 In an emotional acceptance speech for his first Best Actor Oscar for Philadelphia, Hanks gave recognition to someone who would rather have been left out. He saluted his high school drama teacher, Rawley Farnsworth, calling him one of "the finest gay Americans". Only problem was nobody knew Farnsworth was gay. The bumble eventually became the inspiration for the movie In & Out.
Billy Does Hannibal
1992 Billy Crystal was worried that his opening gag at the 1992 ceremony might fall flat. But, as he was wheeled onto the stage on a trolley, trussed up as Hannibal Lecter, he set the tone for what would be one of the most consistently funny awards shows ever. It secured his place as one of Oscar's most beloved hosts.
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