10 Most Memorable Oscar Moments
What is it about the little gold man that drives even Hollywood’s finest a little mad?
Hollywood’s biggest night is almost upon us, and we can’t wait to see which of the 10 movies nominated for Best Picture Oscar will take home the prize, if host Steve Martin will keep us in stitches more than host Alec Baldwin and what all the beautiful people will be wearing on the red carpet. But the best part of the Academy Awards, by far, is those moments that you can’t even imagine — like when Rob Lowe and Snow White opened the show with an unbearably cheesy, tone-deaf duet in 1989. Here BettyConfidential relives our 10 favorite moments from shows past.
Adrien Brody Kisses Halle Berry (2003)
In 2002, Halle Berry made history when she became the first African-American woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress, and her emotional speech was memorable on its own. Little did she know, however, that it would set her up for yet another Oscar memory in 2003, as the pre-ordained Best Actor presenter for that year’s ceremony. The award went to then little-known actor Adrien Brody for The Pianist, who, overcome by the enormity of the moment, strode confidently onto the stage, wrapped his arms around Halle Berry, and kissed her. And kept… kissing her. And dipped her backwards, while still… kissing her. It was unpredictable Oscar magic that reminded us all that — this statue? It means something to people.
Sally Field Just Wants to be Loved (1985)
There is likely no more-quoted speech in the history of the Oscars than Sally Field’s 1985 Best Actress acceptance for Places of the Heart. Her proclamation of “you like me, you really like me” has lived on well past that night, and paved the way for rambling/adorable/emotional speeches from women like Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow — and even men like Cuba Gooding, Jr. (“I love you! I love you!”)