The Oscars: 21 Moments We’ll Never Forget

Well, it’s that time of year again, folks.  The Oscars. Hollywood has been barricaded, Oscar parties are being prepped, ballots have been counted, bets have been placed, and the social media world awaits with snarky fingers eagerly paused over their smartphones to Tweet along to what (if the last few years are any indication) has a strong possibility of being a shit storm of a show.

But if you’re like me, you have fond memories of the Academy Awards and remember the time when it was still “Hollywood’s Biggest Night” and the evening held plenty of surprises. Earlier this week, Vanity Fair published it’s list of memorable Oscar moments, and so in the same spirit of sharing, and in advance of tonight’s festivities, we bring you a handful of our favorite moments from the last 88 years of Oscar. (And yes, we’ve got the David Niven Streaker.)

That time the Oscar opening was two and a half minutes straight of archival footage. (42nd Academy Awards, 1970)

That time Sir Alfred Hitchcock accepted his Irving Thalberg Award LIKE A BOSS. (40th Academy Awards, 1968)

That time Hattie McDaniel won for Best Supporting Actress and defined the meaning of grace and courage (12th Academy Awards, 1940)

That time Olivia De Havilland introduced the Academy’s 75th Class Reunion  (75th Academy Awards, 2011)

That time Cary Grant got an honorary Oscar, and cried like a man. (42nd Academy Awards, 1970)

That year David Niven got photo-bombed by a streaker …and handled it perfectly. (46th Academy Awards, 1974)

That time William Holden and Barbara Stanwyck presented the VFX Award  (50th Academy Awards, 1978)

 That time David Letterman tried … he really did. (67th Academy Awards, 1995)

That time Billy Crystal was simply the best. (70th Academy Awards, 1998)

That Bob Hope and Lucille Ball introduced “The Stars of Tomorrow” … including Corey Feldman dressed as Michael Jackson. (61st Academy Awards, 1989)

That time  Charlie Chaplin received an Honorary Oscar and the audience clapped for two minutes straight. (44th Academy Awards, 1972.)

That time Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster sang “It’s Great Not to be Nominated.” (30th Academy Awards, 1958)

The time Sidney Poitier was the first African American to win Best Actor and Anne Bancroft got really really reallllyyyy happy (36th Academy Awards, 1964)

 That time Adrien Brody snogged the hell out of Halle Berry. (75th Academy Awards, 2011)

 That time Ellen took the most epic selfie shot of all time. (86th Academy Awards, 2014)

That time Whoopi Goldberg re-defined the meaning of “costume change” (71st Academy Awards, 1999)

That time Sacheen Littlefeather accepted Marlon Brando’s Oscar (45th Academy Awards, 1973)

That time Roberto Benigni went completely off his rocker:

That time Barbra Streisand tied with Katharine Hepburn

That time Ben Affleck and Matt Damon made life just plain wonderful (70th Academy Awards, 1997)

And of course …
That time Billy Crystal was Hannibal Lecter (64th Academy Awards, 1992)

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