It’s that time of the year again. The 91st Academy Awards are just around the corner, taking place on Monday 25th February, and as always our expectations are high.
As the most prestigious event on the Hollywood calendar, the Oscars have brought us many, many memorable moments over the years. From Cher’s showstopping 1986 red carpet look, to Adrien Brody and Halle Berry’s surprise snog in the 2003 ceremony – and then there was ‘La La Land, sorry, I mean Moonlight’-gate in 2017.
To celebrate this year’s Oscar buzz, let’s take a look back at the most outrageous moments from the award show to date.
La La Land is incorrectly named the Best Picture winner instead of the actual winner of the award, Moonlight. As the cast of La La Land got up on stage to accept what they thought was their award, producer Jordan Horowitz announced: ‘There’s a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke.’
One of the longest ceremonies ever. Chris Rock hands out cookies to celebs and Morgan Freeman grabs some, stuffs them straight in his mouth and walks off.
Ellen DeGeneres takes a star-studded selfie that goes viral.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence trips on the stairs after winning the Best Actress award for Silver Linings Playbook during the 85th Oscars.
The Artist is named Best Picture, becoming the first silent film to win since the very first Academy Awards in 1927.
Oldest winner – Christopher Plummer wins for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Beginners.
Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first woman to win the Best Director Oscar for her work on The Hurt Locker at the 82nd Academy Awards.
Heath Ledger wins a posthumous Oscar – Best Supporting Actor for The Dark Knight.
Adrien Brody surprises presenter Halle Berry with an extended kiss when he takes to the stage to collect his Best Actor award for his portrayal of Wladyslaw Szpilman in The Pianist.
Halle Berry wins Best Actress for Monster’s Ball and Denzel Washington wins Best Actor for Training Day at the 74th Academy Awards. It’s the first time that African-American performers have won.
Bjork wears a swan dress at the 73rd Academy Awards.
Angelina Jolie displays strange behaviour. After passionately kissing her sibling James on the lips during her red carpet walk, she then opens her acceptance speech by declaring ‘I’m so in love with my brother right now.’
Roberto Benigni wins the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for Life is Beautiful at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, then walks on the backs of chairs and climbs over fellow celebs on his way to the stage.
In one of the most emotional acceptance speeches in Oscar history, a teary Gwyneth Paltrow praises her family along with a long list of industry professionals. Paltrow wins Best Actress for Shakespeare in Love.
Cuba Gooding, Jr. gives one of the most enthusiastic and emotional speeches in Oscar history after winning the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Rod Tidwell in Jerry Maguire.
Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, and Richard Gere use their place on the Oscars stage to speak out about political causes dear to their hearts. They are banned for life although the ban is later lifted.
At the 64th Academy Awards in 1992, Billy Crystal opens the ceremony dressed as Hannibal Lecter.
At the age of 73, Jack Palance wins the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in City Slickers and performs one-armed pushups on the stage during his acceptance speech.
Cher presents the award for Best Supporting Actor. She steals the red carpet in a Bob Mackie headpiece and black jewel-encrusted look.
Youngest winner – Tatum O’Neal wins for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Paper Moon.
A 33-year-old man named Robert Opal runs across the stage naked just as actor David Niven is about to present the award for Best Picture.
Before the 45th Academy Awards, Marlon Brando announces that he is boycotting the ceremony and sends native American actress Sacheen Littlefeather in his place.
Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn tie as Best Actress winners at 41st Academy Awards.
Sidney Poitier becomes the first black man to win the Best Actor Oscar for Lilies of the Field.
Donald Duck co-hosts the show, appearing on film and interacting with the show’s other hosts – Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, David Niven, Rosalind Russell, and James Stewart.
At the 12th Academy Awards, Hattie McDaniel becomes the first black Oscar winner – supporting actress for her portrayal of Mammy in Gone With the Wind. She is forced to sit at the back of the venue due to segregation. It’s another 51 years until the next African American wins when Whoopi Goldberg takes home the Oscar in the supporting actress category for Ghost.