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The Most Memorable Oscar Moments
The greatest, funniest and most ludicrous moments in Academy Award history


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The Oscar All-Stars
The Mafia Rules
2006 Do the Academy members actually know what a pimp is? Well they liked hooker pushers enough to give Three 6 Mafia the prize for Best Original Song for 'Hard Out Here For A Pimp' from Hustle and Flow. Their excitement, and the assembled A-listers' bemusement, was palpable and their moment in Oscar history assured. Host Jon Stewart reflected the thoughts of the room when he said, "Three 6 Mafia have an Oscar and Martin Scorsese doesn't?"
Hitchcock Honoured
1967 Hitchcock never won a competitive Oscar. Yes, you read that right. So, after six nods and no wins, the honorary Irving G. Thalberg award was the least the Academy could bestow upon one of cinema's greatest. That his entire acceptance speech amounted to a simple, "Thank you" surely left them suitably admonished.
Marisa Tomei? Marisa Tomei?!
1992 Poor poor Marisa Tomei. Her, admittedly surprising, Best Supporting Actress win for My Cousin Vinny has become a moment of 'what the hell?' Oscar infamy. Rumours (always denied) have circulated ever since that the wrong name was read out and everyone was too embarrassed to say anything. Which is pretty harsh. Her success proved that you can always count on the Academy to surprise you every now and again.
The Oscar All-Stars
1998 A few moments of Titanic's glory were stolen at the 70th ceremony as the curtains were drawn back to reveal a huge crowd of past winners, all gathered together. Granted, without the subtitles you would never have guessed that little old lady was Shirley Temple, but it was impressive to see so much prize-winning talent on one stage.
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