From a heart pulsating suspense to nominations, to fashion bangers, to the heart-wrecking moment when winners have been presented their awards, to thought-provoking speeches and a series of endless dramas, the Oscar academic award is another cinema for reality TV shows (trust me on this one).
Well, we don't just get enough of the surprises, which is why we keep up all night to arrive at the end of the series; a series that leaves us with a hunger for another Oscar as if it were a movie.
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With this said, we've compounded a list of those remarkable moments that made history at the Oscars.
In no particular order, let’s see the top 10 Oscar surprises
- Robert Opel Steals the Stage Naked
Activist, artist, and professional streaker Robert Opel stole the 1974 award night as he ran up the stage unclad just as English actor David Niven was about to introduce Taylor, who would, in turn, announce that The Sting had won the award for Best Picture.
This is remarkably funny because he made a post telecast press conference to reporters where he said, "You know, people shouldn't be ashamed of being nude in public." He continued, "Besides, it is a hell of a way to launch a career." Unfortunately, nothing was heard of him till 1979, when he was shot dead.
- 1943 Presents the Garson Five Minutes Speech
Kanye West's 47th GRAMMY Award acceptance speech in Los Angeles may have been a remake of the Greer Garson speech. After receiving the Best Actress award for Mrs. Miniver, Garson began her speech with a "Thank you!" and a "That is all there is to say” (which looked like an end to the essay).
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But it was only the beginning. She continued, “but, as this is after all the opportunity of a lifetime, I hope you won't mind if I try to expand that word just, just a little." Of course, while other winners would have summarized with a short speech or thank you, Garson kept on and on with a mind-blowing speech.
- The La La Land and Moonlight Saga of 2017
This was a moonlight blunder for both Warren Beatty and Faye Fun who were presenting the awards for the night. It looked like they were both handed the wrong envelopes before going on stage.
In the split of a moment of confusion, Beatty pulled an envelope with Emma Stone’s La La Land, meant for the Best Actress category, and declared it the winner of the best picture. Well, thanks to Jordan Horowitz, who saved the night when he stood up to address the issue just before victory was lost.
- Will Smith and Comedian Chris Rock Stage Ramble
Things may not have gone as planned for comedian Chris Rock at the 94th Oscars. It happened after the comedian made a joke out of Jada Pinkett Smith's alopecia. It must have been intended as a joke, but trust me, the Best Actor nominee, Will Smith didn't see it like that.
In a fraction of a moment, he was on stage with Rock. "Keep my wife's name out of your f***ing mouth," He yelled after giving the comedian what he (Chris Rock) confessed to being a hard smack on the face. Well, it wasn’t quite surprising that Smith later got the award and apologized to everyone. "I sincerely apologize to the academy and to everyone that nominated me," he said.
- Seth MacFarlane's Unrehearsed Boobs
The funniest highlight was when Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy and singer of ‘We saw your boobs’ listed all the female stars who showed their boobies in movies. He did pull a stage performance with the gay men's chorus of Los Angeles as backup singers and some audience to play along. Of course, an unscripted and undirected play doesn't always end well you know.
- Legendary Charlie Chaplin Gets Oscars Honorary
After a twenty-year banishment by the US for his supposedly communist sympathies, actor, director, producer, and composer, Charlie Chaplin returns and receives a twelve-minute standing ovation (the longest ovation for a star) as he lands on the Oscar stage for an award and a speech that lives on in our hearts.
"Words seem so futile, so feeble," he said. "I can only say thank you for the honor of inviting me here." There came another ovation as he dismounted the stage.
- Cher's 1988 Win
The Oscar award night is always a walkway of blissful fashion or fashionable catastrophe, and Cher rocking one of Bob Mackie's creations was one of the above.
Cher's spider web-inspired dress must have stolen the stare of the audience during her acceptance speech for the Best Actress award for her role in Moonstruck right after she tripped over her shawl and mounted the stage with one earring.
- Sally Field's "You like me" Trend of 1985
Of all the misquoted speeches we've had since the beginning of the Academic award, Sally Field's speech remains salted to date like when she said, "I can't deny the fact that you like me. Right now, you like me." after being presented the Best Actress award for the movie 'Placed in the Heart.'
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- Hattie McDaniel Bags First Black Oscar Award in 1940
Forced to sit at the back of the auditorium due to racism after winning the Supporting Actress Award for her role as Mammy in the 'Georgia plantation Tara-Gone with the wind', Hattie couldn't let it slide as she induced how bad she felt in her speech.
"I sincerely hope I shall always be a credit to my race and the motion picture industry," she said, spilling her heart out in an emotional acceptance speech.
- Jack Palance's 1991 One-handed Push-ups Up the Stage
After winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in City Slickers at 73, the two-time nominee, Jack Palance couldn't get hold of himself when he did three one-arm push-ups onstage.
Speaking on his action, he stated, "That's nothing, really," after his City Slicker co-star and show host, Billy Crystal joked a moment to the audience with "Jack Palance just bungee-jumped off the Hollywood Sign."
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