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


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Superman Returns
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Not Easy Being Green Screen
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Redgrave Booed
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All Together Now
Superman Returns
1996 Christopher Reeve had never been the greatest of actors, but his appearance at the 1996 awards brought the crowd to its feet and a tear to the eye. Following his paralysing horse riding accident, the former Superman wheeled onstage to deliver a speech about social responsibility. Many an eye was misty as the camera flashed around the room.
Not Easy Being Green Screen
2006 To enliven his bit as presenter of the award for Best Visual Effects, Ben Stiller arrived on stage clad in green unitard so that he might be digitally erased by the power of visual effects and have the award present itself. The only hitch? Everyone could see him perfectly clearly. Fun fact: This gag was the idea of Night At The Museum director Shawn Levy. And it was funnier than that entire movie.
Redgrave Booed
1978 Vanessa Redgrave misjudged her audience when she won Best Supporting Actress for Julia. The actress was being picketed outside by the Jewish Defence League for her support of Palestine. She referred to them as "Zionist hoodlums" in her acceptance speech, drawing a loud chorus of boos that covered the applause.
All Together Now
1989 For just a few moments in 1989, the Academy Awards became a cheery combination of scout camp and Coca Cola commercial. Shortly after starting a celebratory rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Diana Ross invited the theatre audience, and filmed audiences around the world, to join in with her. All it was missing was 'the old joanna' and lighters held aloft.
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