The Academy Awards are hailed as one of the greatest achievement in the world of film-making.
The Oscars have an eye for art and most of the time only the best of the best are deemed worthy of a nomination. Damn it must feel great to win one.
Have you ever watched a live Oscar premier?
I have. (…Been doing so since I was 12…).
It’s usually broadcasted at 5:00 in the morning here and repeated at 9:00 pm.
So, today I’ll give you 5 unforgettable moments from the Oscars….
I actually became witness to some of the recent ones without understanding they’ll be remembered.
1. Charlie Chaplin’s standing Ovation at the Oscars:
Here’s the video.
You all know Charlie Chaplin.
A lot of people take his tragic quotes for granted and often post them to seem deep. (…* Looks disapprovingly at those who try to fake things like depth*…).
How can you not love the guy?
He made people laugh without speaking a single word. When he spoke, his words were enough to change people’s perspectives. (…The great dictator speech for example. Have you listened to it??!!.
It’s brilliant!!!. Check it out right now…..).
He was awarded an Honorary Academy Award or Oscar in 1972 for his contribution to the world. Boy did people show their gratitude; the audience gave him a 12 minute long standing ovation as his humble self stood on the stage overwhelmed.
Of course he deserved it and much more.
This would forever be one of the most wholesome and unforgettable moment in Oscar history.
2. Marlon Brando’s Oscar rejection:
Have you watched The Godfather?.
Referred to as one of the best American movies ever made?.
Al Pacino and Marlon Brando?. (…don’t worry, there’s a first time for everyone….).
The Godfather came out in 1972 and was nominated in the 1973 Academy Awards. Marlon Brando won the Oscar for the best performance by an actor.
But he didn’t accept it.
You see, in the same year, the wounded knee incident happened.
Not the massacre, the siege and protest.
Brando instead sent Sacheen Littlefeather, the president of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee to reject the Oscar on his behalf.
He did so to show his support towards the Indians and against the treatment of the natives by the government and media. (…
Now that’s how you use your position of influence people.
To make the world better….). This has be on the list of 5 most Unforgettable moments from the Oscars…
3. Satyjit Ray receiving honorary Oscar award :
In case you don’t know; Satyajit Ray is one of the most prominent director, creator or filmmaker hailing from India. (…I’m feeling all proud because he was from Bengal….and I grew up watching his masterpieces….).
He was awarded a total of 32 National Awards by the Government of India alone for his numerous brilliant works.
All of his pieces are unique, eccentric and completely original. (…did you know he often took inspiration for supernatural characters like the iconic psychedelic dance of ghosts in his renowned ‘Gupi Gain Bagha bain’ from his childhood drawings….he even used to record sound effects in unique ways….).
He was presented the Honorary Oscar in 1992 by Audrey Hepburn on stage.
However, he could not attend the event due to his deteriorating health.
His speech was recorded and sent while he was lying on a hospital bed in Calcutta (...Now Kolkata…). The guy made films for artistic expression.
Even his award reception was unique and it definitely deserves to be on this list.
4. Halle Berry’s Oscar winning moment:
You all know Halle Berry right?. Catwoman?. Well, the gorgeous Halle Berry won the Oscar for best actress in 2002. It was for her 2001 romantic drama Monster’s Ball which also starred Billy Bob Thornton and heath Ledger. She was and still is the first and only woman of colour to do so. The movie itself was about discrimination and bigotry against people of colour.
When she received her Oscar, Halle Berry became a happy but sobbing mess. You could literally feel all her emotions. Watch her speech as she expresses her heartfelt joy in opening the door to the award for women of colour. (…I love Halle Berry. Not just because of her talent but because she introduced me to Pina Colada in Catwoman….). I wouldn’t recommend the movie for everyone though because it is mature. It has a very real depiction of discrimination though. This is one the most iconic moments in the history of Oscars.
5. Eminem’s Oscar performance 2020:
How can I forget?.
This is the most recent iconic moment of the Academy Awards.
Eminem in the house everyone!!!!!. Almost everyone knew the lyrics to his song ‘Lose Yourself’ which he performed at the 2020 Oscars. He got a standing ovation from every person present at the end of his performance. The ceremony literally turned into an Eminem concert.
Eminem’s song ‘Lose Yourself’ was nominated for an Oscar in 2003. However, he was so sure he wouldn’t win that he didn’t even turn up. He won alright, and he performed the same song 17 years later. This was the definition of long awaited. Don’t miss it people!!!!
Don’t sulk over not finding what you expected.
Here are the moments which I think also deserve to be mentioned:
1. Heath Ledger’s posthumous Oscar win:
We all know the legendary Heath Ledger aka Nolan’s Joker died of an overdose of prescription medications. But exactly one year after his death, he won the Academy Award for best actor in a supporting role for his renowned personification of Joker. (…why so serious???…).
He taught me that if you’re good at something, never do it for free. (….Damn I loved him in 10 things I hate about you….).
2. Leonardo DiCaprio on climate change:
Who will ever forget the moment when our beloved Leo finally got the award he deserved?.
Leonardo DiCaprio received the Oscar for best actor for The Revenant. (…I loved The Danish Girl but Leo had been waiting and working crazy hard for years for this…).
He used the platform to spread awareness about the emergency that climate change is. (…which unfortunately, some people still don’t get...).
Like I mentioned before; use your influence to do good.
3. Patricia Arquette’s Speech:
Patricia Arquette won the Oscar for best Actress in a supporting role for the movie Boyhood in 2015. (…yes, the movie that was made over 12 years…).
But she used her stage to not just express her gratitude but also advocate for equal pay for women.
She was applauded by everyone and this is also where the famous Meryl Streep ‘yes!’ moment took place. She was criticized later for representing feminism but hey, that wasn’t even her intention.
Why must she be shamed for voicing opinions that encourage fair treatment?.
This will surely go down as an iconic moment in history.
Don’t feel like I’m outdated because I didn’t explicitly mention some moments.
I did witness Jennifer Lawrence tripping, Ellen’s selfie, Kate Winslet winning and when La La Land was wrongly announced as best picture instead of Moonlight.
About Bjork’s Swan dress, Angelina Jolie’s one leg exposing dress, Hugh Jackman’s dance when he hosted and Anne Hathaway hosting the Oscars with James Franco.
I am aware of more but the mentioned ones will in my opinion be remembered for very long.
Some even serve as milestones.
So I hope you’re happy to have been made aware of things you might not have known about the Oscars.
Will there even be an Oscars ceremony in 2021?.
With the pandemic and Everything that’s going on in the world, it’s hard to tell.
But I hope you’re safe and healthy.