The 10 Best Moments in Oscars History

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2. Best Kiss

In 2008, Adrien Brody became the youngest actor ever to win Best Actor (27) for his role in "The Pianist," but his kiss to Halle Berry before giving his acceptance speech caused an even bigger buzz. He joked about it by bringing breath spray to next year's awards where he presented Best Actress award. Making fun of yourself is pretty much our favorite thing for celebrities to do, and anything unpredictable at the Oscars is always awesome.

1. Milestone No. 2

Tom Hanks presented the Best Picture award in 2010 to Kathryn Bigelow's film, "The Hurt Locker." Bigelow not only managed to best her ex-husband James Cameron's film Avatar, she also became the first woman to win the Best Director award. She didn't make the speech about being a woman; instead focusing on the film she won for and giving credit to the people who inspired it. Bigelow is a badass.

Some honorable mentions, that didn't make the top ten but still warrant remembering:

1. Kate Ledger accepting Best Supporting Actor award in 2009 for her brother Heath's role in "The Dark Knight," with their mother and father with her.

2. Philippe Petit balancing an Oscar statue on his chin after the film about him walking a tightrope between the Twin Towers won Best Documentary feature in 2009.

3. John Hughes tribute in 2010, where Jon Cryer, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Macauley Culkin, and Matthew Broderick all came out to honor the director who was responsible for launching their careers.

4. At the 76th Academy Awards Peter Jackson's film "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won a record-tying 11 Oscars, including three for writer, producer, and director, and the Academy finally stopped turning its nose up to fantasy cinema.

5. Bjork showing up in a swan dress in 2001

6. Jack Palace finally wins an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Curly in "City Slickers" in 1992, after over 40 years in the business. He dropped to the stage and did one-armed push-ups.

7. Cher presenting the award for Best Supporting Actor in 1986, wearing the most ridiculous outfit.

8. Anjelica Huston completing the trifecta of Oscar awards for her family, winning for "Prizzi's Honor." Her father, John, won for director and her uncle Walter won for acting.

9. Walt Disney rewarded with an honorary Oscar at the 11th Academy Awards for producing cinema's first animated film, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." The Academy also made 7 mini Oscars to accompany the real one. Genius.

10. Woody Allen making an exception to attend the 74th Oscars, to honor his city after 9/11. Rare Oscar moment at its finest.

11. Jennifer Garner tripping on the steps to present at the 79th Awards. Her quick response, "I do all my own stunts," made it look planned rather than an accident, and either way hilariously endearing.

12. Michael Moore wins Best Documentary at 75th Awards, the same month that the Iraq War began, using his acceptance speech to blast a "fictitious President" George W. Bush, receiving both boos and cheers. A rare tense moment at normally well-behaved Oscars is always entertaining, if not cringe-inducing as well.

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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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