The 10 Best Moments in Oscars History

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It's one of our favorite seasons of the year. No, not spring (that's our second): Awards Season, and the biggest awards show is upon us. The Academy Awards, aka the Oscars, will air this Sunday, February 24 at 7 p.m. EST on ABC.

While this year's show should prove interesting -- the host, Seth MacFarlane is known for his candidness, not political correctness, and is perhaps even more unpredictable than Ricky Gervais, who made quite the splash when he hosted the Golden Globes last year.

In honor of the impending ceremony we've dug up some of our favorite Oscar moments.

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Here's our ten favorite moments, in ascending order by year.

10. It's a Tie

The first and last time there was a tie in Oscar history for Best Actress was in 1969 at the 41st annual Academy Awards, when Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand won for "The Lion in the Winter," and "Funny Girl," respectively. In typical Hepburn fashion, she was a no-show, and in what would become typical Streisand fashion, she stole the spotlight. We can't imagine celebrities playing nice and sharing anything, let alone an Oscar.

9. Oscar? I don't need no stinking Oscar.

In 1971, George C. Scott won Best Actor for his role in "Patton." Scott however had already said he would send the Oscar back if he won, due to believing the Academy Awards to be "a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons." Any celebrity who doesn't need extra attention wins an awesome award in our book.

8. Yeah, what he said

At the 45th annual Academy Awards Marlon Brando sent a Native American named Sacheen Littlefeather in his place to decline his award for Best Actor in "The Godfather" because of Hollywood's mistreatment of Native Americans. (Only Scott and Brando have refused Oscars, both for Best Actor). Brando sent Littlefeather with a 15-page speech but when the producer met her backstage he allegedly threatened to have her removed or arrested if she spoke for longer than the allotted 60 seconds. Brando's little stunt caused the Academy to introduce a ban on proxy acceptances going forward.

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Also, Halle Berry was not the first African-American woman to win an Oscar. Hattie McDaniel won Best Supporting Actress for "Gone with the Wind" in 1940. Halle Berry was the first African American woman to win Best Actress, but certainly on the first to win an Oscar.


Correction: Kathryn Bigelow was not married to Steven Spielberg (and he did NOT direct Avatar). She was married to James Cameron -- the director of Avatar. C'mon people.

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