Through the years the Academy Awards have given us a vast amount of buzzed about moments. Some endearing, some historic, some scandalous, some shocking and some just plain fabulous.
Cinephiles and non-moviegoers alike tune in each year to see what will play out on the Oscar’s stage. Will the host fall flat or soar? Who will wear the most glamourous dress? Who will win the biggest prizes of the night? Who will give the best speech? And the worst?
Even if you can’t be bothered to watch even a single one of the nominated films, the Academy Awards hold a certain draw. They are a cultural event and a touchstone. Oscar night is a night much like Super Bowl Sunday--it’s a chance to see dreams come true, and when we’re lucky, to be inspired.
Every now and then the stars align and grace us with an unforgettable moment.
After combing through the archives we’ve assembled some of our favorite moments to ever come out of Hollywood’s biggest night. Some were chosen for the joy they brought, others for their historical significance, some for their cultural impact and still others for their poignancy.