Oscar Highlights: Best Moments

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The end is near - On Sunday, February 9, the Academy Award will anounce a new round of winners. In the meantime, let’s recall the most vivid, funny and ridiculous moments in the ceremony’s history.

Jennifer Lawrence’s Fall down

No doubt, winning the Oscar is the biggest moment of any star's career. But Jennifer Lawrence distracted somewhat from the honor by tripping up the stairs as she headed onto the stage to accept her Academy Award. In 2013, the star, who won for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, was seen momentarily hanging her head in her hands after her voluminous strapless Dior Haute Couture gown caused the mishap on the steps. Despite her initial blushes, Jennifer quickly laughed off the incident and began her stream of thank yous.

And if you think, that since then the actress became more careful, you are wrong. In 2014, she came to the Oscars in a long Dior dress and fell again. This time, the accident happened on the red carpet. But we should pay tribute to Jennifer – she is able to laugh at herself. More than that, she knows that her fans will always understand and support her. Lawrence is not alone in her embarrassment – Jennifer Garner and Rami Malek also did fall down on the "Oscar" stage.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s Song

In 2019, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper took the Oscar for the song Shallow, the breakout hit from A Star Is Born, and performed it during the ceremony. The moment was so moving and passionate that fans were sure: Cooper and Gaga’s performance felt almost like a prelude to something even more romantic.

In a few months, Cooper broke up with model Irina Shayk, but the singer insisted that they were just friends with Bradley, and all the romance between them was just acting.

Mixed Up Envelopes

It was the biggest, most embarrassing, most awkward mistake in the history of the Academy Awards, played out before an audience of millions watching on TV and a theater full of stunned stars. Right after announcing La La Land as the best picture winner, one of ceremony’s producers came to the microphone and said there had been a mistake: Moonlight was the actual winner of the night’s top prize. How did this happen? Warren Beatty - who was presenting the best picture prize - by mistake, was handed the wrong envelope.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Happiness

After six previous Academy Award nominations, DiCaprio finally joined the ranks of Oscar Winners and took home the 2016 Oscar for Best Best Actor in a Leading Role. DiCaprio was first nominated in 1993 at the ripe age of 19 for Best Supporting Actor for his work in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Since then, he's been nominated for The Wolf of Wall StreetBlood Diamond, and The Aviator. The moment was very touching: when Julianne Moore gave the actor the statue, the audience was applauding standing. But DiCaprio was surprisingly calm, he thanked his family and urged everyone to protect the environment.

Ellen DeGeneres’s Star Selfie

During Oscars 2014, host Ellen DeGeneres enlisted a score of A-list audience members to join her for a photo. She said she wanted it to become the most retweeted photo of all time.managed to gather a gaggle of celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Spacey, Jared Leto, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong'o and Brad Pitt. Shortly after the epic selfie posted, Twitter experienced intermittent outages. The photo had been retweeted more than 750,000 times in its first 45 minutes.

The Shortest and Longest Speech

Over the years there’s been speeches that were literally a couple of words and others that saw Oscars winners fighting over the music to finish their lengthy tributes It turns out the longest Oscar speech ever made was by Greer Garson who won Best Actress in 1942 for Mrs Miniver. Her speech reached almost six minutes, leading the Academy to introduce a 45 second allotted time for an acceptance speech. Incredibly the shortest Oscar speech was just two words uttered by Patty Duke, after winning Best Supporting Actress in 1962 for The Miracle Worker. Just 16-years-old at the time, Duke simply said: “Thank you.”

Heath Ledger’s Posthumous Award


In 2009, Heath Ledger won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as The Joker in Batman movie The Dark Knight, with the award hailed a fitting tribute for the Australian actor who died a year before. The award made him only the second actor to receive a posthumous Oscar. The actor’s family accepted the Oscar on his behalf.

Academy Award Records


The youngest actress who received the award was Tatum O'neal (10), and the youngest actor is Adrien Brody (29). The eldest actress is Jessica Tandy (80), while Christopher Plummer was 82.

A record number of Oscars – 11 – belongs to the movie Ben-Hur, Titanic and Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King. But the largest number of nominations (21) belongs to Meryl Streep. By now, the actress has three awards.

The Most Discussed Outfit

The most discussed outfit in the history of the Awards is Billy Porter’s dress-tuxedo. That day, he managed to hit all conservatives and to win fans’ hearts. Porter explained, that he wanted to destroy gender boundaries and to use fashion as a means of expression.


Over the years, many actors and Directors instituted a boycott against the ceremony. For example, Marlon Brando said he did not want to receive a reward from the country where the rights of Indians were infringed. Leonardo DiCaprio was offended by the organizers because he did not receive a nomination for his role in Titanic, and Will Smith criticized the jury for not supporting African-American actors.

Richard Gere, on the contrary, was forbidden to appear at the ceremony after he began to discuss politics from the stage, instead of declaring the winners.


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