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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 Streaker
The King Reigns
The Kiss
Justice At Last
The Streaker
1974 Host David Niven was left unmoved when one of his segments was rudely interrupted by Robert Opel showing off his own little bald fella by streaking across the stage. Without missing a beat or twitching an eyebrow, Niven said, "The only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping... and showing his shortcomings". Class.
The King Reigns
2004 The first two films in Peter Jackson's masterful Lord of the Rings trilogy went home almost empty-handed from the Oscars, winning only a clutch of technical awards. Return of the King looked like it might go the same way until, only a few prizes into the ceremony, it became clear this would be a sweep. Winning every prize it was up for, including Annie Lennox's odd song, the King ruled supreme.
The Kiss
2003 He was a rank outsider for the Best Actor statue, which was assumed to belong to Daniel Day Lewis for Gangs of New York, but Adrien Brody made the most of his win for The Pianist. Mounting the stage he seized the statue and presenter Halle Berry, locking her in a snog that most men would consider the night's big prize.
Justice At Last
2007 That Martin Scorsese didn't have an Oscar was a big black mark against the Academy for decades. He'd been nominated in the directing category five times and lost every one. So, when he was nominated a sixth time for The Departed, which was widely considered the best of the year, fingers were firmly crossed around the world. When Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola arrived on stage to present the award it seemed, surely, inevitable. When Scorsese's name was finally pulled from the envelope you could hear the applause and sighs for miles around. The resultant picture of four of the greatest directors of modern cinema grinning like schoolboys is one for the wall of any dedicated movie fan.
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