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Empire & Sky Movies present coverage of the Academy Awards
The Most Memorable Oscar Moments
The greatest, funniest and most ludicrous moments in Academy Award history


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The Comedian Song
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The Tramp Triumphant
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Palance's Press Ups
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Billy's Songs
The Comedian Song
2007 Comedians famously get very little love from the Oscar voters. Which made it the perfect subject for a manic song performed by Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Jack Black, who number billions of dollars in box office and precisely one Oscar nod between them (Reilly's nom for Chicago). The three took no prisoners in their tune, offering to elbow Leonardo DiCaprio in the larynx and beat Peter Fonda down with a Nickelodeon award.
The Tramp Triumphant
1972 Charlie Chaplin had already won two Oscars, an honorary one for "versatility and genius" in The Circus and for Best Score in Limelight, but his honorary award in 1972 was the one that mattered. After twenty years in exile, he came back to America to a hero's welcome and received the longest ovation in Oscar history, lasting over five minutes. Not a dry eye in the house.
Palance's Press Ups
1992 Honestly, we still have no clue why Jack Palance won Best Supporting Actor for his role in City Slickers, but we wouldn't mess with him. After taking to the stage to accept his award and joking that he could "crap bigger" than co-star and host Billy Crystal, Palance dropped to the floor and did a series of one-handed press-ups. He was 73!
Billy's Songs
1990 Billy Crystal has become one of Oscar's most popular hosts and he made his mark in style with the opening of his first gig. In what became his signature, Crystal inserted himself into clips from the biggest films of the year, before bursting through the screen on which they were showing to a standing ovation. Then he sang a song about all the nominees. He can come back any time.
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