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


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Greer Garson Won't Shut Up
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Tears Of A Clown
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Will And Steve Prettified
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Where's Welles?
Greer Garson Won't Shut Up
1943 It may be because of Greer Garson that winners are now chased off the stage by the orchestra. When accepting Best Actress for Mrs Miniver, Garson rambled on with thanks for over six minutes, reputedly the longest acceptance speech in Oscar history.
Tears Of A Clown
1973 The figure who turned up to accept an honorary award in 1973 was almost unrecognisable without his trademark dark moustache and cigar, but Groucho Marx was still every bit the comedian as he accepted a lifetime prize. But the laughs were drowned by tears as he saluted the comedy brothers he'd now lost.
Will And Steve Prettified
2006 If you ask Will Ferrell and Steve Carell to present an award you're going to get something good. The pair arrived on stage in 2006 to present the prize for Best Make Up. To salute the artists, they arrived painted up like two auditionees for a regional tour of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?
Where's Welles?
1971 Having been snubbed for Citizen Kane, Orson Welles was bestowed an honorary Oscar in 1971. However, it was collected by John Huston since Welles was out of the country filming. And by 'out of the country' he meant 'in a bar in Los Angeles watching the show on TV and waiting for Huston to come and get drunk with him'.
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