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


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"This moment's so much bigger than me"
2002 From Flintstones to the Oscar podium would be a long way for any actress to come. But Halle Berry's Best Actress Award for Monster's Ball made her the first black woman to ever win the prize and the moment was not lost on her. When she managed to control her tears, Berry dedicated her award to all the women who had come before her and proclaimed the moment, "so much bigger than me". Then she cried again.
Blame Canada!
2000 The Best Original Song musical segments are usually a reason to go and make a cuppa, but Robin Williams' all-guns-blazing performance of South Park's anti-Canuck anthem was the highlight of the 2000 ceremony and one of the funniest in Oscar history. More laughable (for the wrong reasons) was its loss to Phil Collins' Tarzan dirge.
We Like Her!
1985 It's not so much a great moment - in truth, it's become a bit cringey - but it shows how an Oscar speech can follow you forever. Picking up her statuette for Places in the Heart, Sally Field exclaimed, "I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!". It's been misquoted since, but it's the one speech that absolutely everybody knows, whether they like it or not.
"I'm King of the World!"
1998 James Cameron's never been known for his subtlety and his eleven win sweep at the 1998 Oscars would be no different. Many were sniffing that LA Confidential should have been taking the prizes Cameron was sweeping up, 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.
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