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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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A Lowe Blow
2000 Overcome by emotion on winning Best Actress for Boys Don't Cry, Hilary Swank thanked almost everyone she knew. However, she forgot to thank one person - her husband Chad Lowe. Fortunately, she got another shot at the speech when she won for Million Dollar Baby and corrected her mistake and ended her nights on the sofa.
Nurse Ratched Melts
1976 Thanking your mum and dad is the biggest cliché in the Oscar speech book. But Louise Fletcher managed to make it extremely moving as she accepted Best Actress for One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, which would win the big five that evening. Though too emotional to speak clearly, she managed to say thanks to her profoundly deaf parents using sign language. A lot of people instantly had something in their eye.
How Green Was My What?!
1942 Oscar's got it wrong many times (A Beautiful Mind? Driving Miss Daisy?!), but none is more memorable than the fact that Citizen Kane, the film that has the same effect on critics as Zac Efron has on 14-year-old girls, was beaten to Best Picture by How Green Was My Valley, a good, but not that good, John Ford movie.
Party Crasher
1962 Tickets to the Oscars are rarer than Steven Seagal classics, so one guest at the 34th ceremony took things into his own hands. Cab driver Stan Berman gatecrashed the awards and interrupted the presentation of Best Cinematography to hand Shelley Winters a homemade award for Bob Hope. These days he'd probably be shot.
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