The BAFTAs have been, the Golden Globes have gone and the SAG Awards seem a distant memory. Bad news, you guys; awards season is almost over. But! Fear not, red carpet fans - as always they've saved the biggest and bestest night of the year for last. Come Sunday, Hollywood's glitterati will descend on LA's Dolby Theatre for the most prestigious event in the entertainment calendar. Yep that's right, The Oscars. Not only is our very own megastar Adele performing, but with some of our favourite Hollywood-ettes including Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway are up for awards. We actually couldn’t be more excited. What the devil will everyone wear? Who will win what? Will a balls-out naked dude run across the stage in the name of art? (Hey, if it happened once). If the last 84 years of Oscars ceremonies are anything to go by, anything is possible. Here, we take a look back at some of the Oscars most memorable moments…
1. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Crying (1999)
When she collected her Best Actress award for her role in Shakespeare in Love Gwyneth Paltrow couldn’t help but show her emotional side as she cried and cried and cried her way through a very long and rambling speech. She has since said that she is too embarrassed to look at her award as it brings back memories of that teary speech.
2. Angelina Jolie Kisses Her Brother (2000)
Ange and her brother James Haven shocked onlookers when they shared a passionate kiss on the lips at the Oscars in 2000. The kiss attracted worldwide publicity and several nudge-nudge-wink-wink incest jokes. To make matters worse earlier that night in her acceptance speech for Girl, Interrupted Jolie also said she is 'just so in love with my brother right now'- awkward. Over a decade later in 2012, Jolie caused more controversy at the awards ceremony with her very lithe right leg by flashing it in a daring thing-high split gown. Following thousands on comments on social networking sites it was even given its own Twitter account (@Angiesrightleg).
3. Marlon Brando Refuses His Award (1973)
Marlon Brando denied his Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in The Godfather, sending Native American actress Sacheen Littlefeather to collect it on his behalf who informed the confused audience that Brando ‘very regretfully’ could not accept the award as he was protesting Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans in film. Urm, ok then.
4. Adrien Brody Kisses Halle Berry (2003)
When Halle Berry read his name as the winner of the Best Actor award for his role in The Pianist, Adrien Brody passionately embraced the stunned actress, giving her a fairytale-style smacker on the lips before proceeding as if nothing had happened- as you do.
5. Halle Berry Makes History (2002)
Halle did everyone proud when she became the first black actress to win the Best Actress award. In a tribute to all who had come before her, she could hardly mask her uncontrollable tears as she delivered one of the most moving speeches in Oscar history. “This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It’s for the women that stand beside me - Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett and it’s for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened.”
6. Heath Ledger’s Award (2009)
It was an intensely emotional moment when Heath Ledger’s parents and sister collected his Best Supporting Actor award for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight and urged the audience to be happy and celebrate his achievements.
6. Bjork’s Swan Dress (2001)
The year she was nominated for the Best Actress award for her role in Dancer in the Dark, Bjork donned the red carpet in a dress that looked like an actual swan had been draped around her neck. The dress is SO famous it even has its own Wikipedia page. It was also voted the ninth most iconic red carpet dress of all time in a poll printed in the Daily Telegraph in 2008.
7. Streaker! (1974)
Perhaps one of the most famous Oscar’s moments of all time- 34-year-old Robert Opel ran across the stage at the 46th Academy Awards wearing, well, nothing. Co-host David Niven’s comeback- "The only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping and showing off his shortcomings." is almost just as famous.
8. Julia Roberts Has A Moment (2001)
When Julia Roberts won a Best Actress Oscar for Erin Brockovich, and realised that she had passed her 45-second speech limit, she shouted: "A girl's got to have her moment. Everybody tries to get me to shut up. It didn't work with my parents and it didn't work now."
9. Jennifer Garner Trips Over Her Dress (2006)
On her way to present an award Jennifer Garner tripped over the hem of her dress. Like a true professional Garner managed to save herself any potential embarrassment by walking up to the microphone, and calmly informing the crowd, “I do all my own stunts.” LOL.
10. Sacha Baron Cohen Spills ‘Ashes’ Over Ryan Seacrest (2012)
As a promotional stunt for his movie The Dictator, Sacha Baron Cohen took to the red carpet dressed as his on-screen character General Aladeen, before tipping the ashes of ‘Kim Jong II’ over a furious Ryan Seacrest and his Burberry suit.
Oh and... South Park Creators Dress In Drag (2000)
South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker bewildered audiences when they turned up to the event dressed as none other than Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow. In an interview with ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel the pair later admitted that they had ‘taken acid’ before pulling the stunt.
By Billie-Jade Thomas