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Most Memorable Oscar Moments Over the Years

So Will Smith slapping Chris Rock’s fiasco wasn’t the first or only memorable moment from the Oscars. Here are some other spectacularly memorable Oscar moments over the years.

As the 2023 Oscars come to an end, we can’t help but think about the ceremonies from the past. Over the years, the ceremony has had its fair share of memorable moments that have left audiences talking for years. From heartfelt acceptance speeches to cringe-worthy moments, let’s look at some of history’s most memorable Oscar moments.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Red Carpet Stunt (2012)

Jennifer Lawrence’s Fall (2013)

Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook at the 2013 Oscars, but her fall on the stairs on her way to accept the award became the most talked-about moment of the night. Lawrence took the fall in stride, quickly got up, and joked about it in her acceptance speech.

Marlon Brando’s Refusal to Accept the Award (1973)

Ellen DeGeneres’ Selfie (2014)

Jack Palance’s One-Armed Push-Ups (1992)

Bjork’s Swan Dress (2001)

Icelandic singer Bjork turned heads at the 2001 Oscars when she arrived on the red carpet wearing a dress that looked like a swan. The dress was designed by Marjan Pejoski and quickly became one of the most talked-about moments of the night.

Adrien Brody’s Kiss (2003)

Roberto Benigni’s Jump (1999)

James Franco and Anne Hathaway’s Hosting Disaster (2011)

The 2011 Oscars were hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway, and unfortunately, their performance was widely panned by critics and viewers alike. Franco appeared disinterested, and Hathaway was over-the-top and trying too hard. The duo’s awkward chemistry made for uncomfortable viewing, and the show has been regarded as a disaster ever since. These are the kind of memorable Oscar moments the Academy wishes to forget.

Lady Gaga’s “Sound of Music” Tribute (2015)

Lady Gaga was asked to perform a tribute to The Sound of Music at the 2015 Oscars, and she blew the audience away with her stunning rendition of the classic songs. Her performance was so moving that it brought tears to the eyes of Julie Andrews, who starred in the original movie.

A mistake at the Oscars: La La Land (2017)

It was the biggest mistake in Academy Awards history when the presenters for Best Picture, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, announced that La La Land had won the award when Moonlight was the actual winner.

As the La La Land cast and crew were making their acceptance speeches, it was revealed on stage that Moonlight was the actual winner, leading to confusion and disbelief among the audience and the La La Land team. The mistake was eventually corrected, and the Moonlight team was called to the stage to accept their award.

The incident became one of history’s most talked-about and memorable Oscar moments and has been the subject of many jokes and parodies since then.

Marisa Tomei Wins Best Supporting Actress (1993)

Olivia Colman’s Emotional Speech (2019)

“You Complete Me” – Cuba Gooding Jr. (1997)

Well, folks, that’s a wrap on our journey down the history of memorable Oscar moments! We’ve seen some truly unforgettable moments, from JLaw’s graceful stumble to the infamous La La Land/Moonlight mix-up.

But one thing’s for sure – whether our favorite films and actors take home the golden statue, we’ll still be popping the popcorn and tuning in every year, ready for whatever surprises the Academy has.