With the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony and the announcing of the winners at the Golden Globes ceremony, we cannot help but reminisce some of the funniest or most exciting moments of the Oscar ceremonies of the past.
So, here is a short list of five moments worth remembering:
The Well-Deserved Oscar for Martin Scorsese
It really did feel like justice when Martin Scorsese won the award for Best Director over Clint Eastwood, Stephen Frears, Paul Greengrass and Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu. After he had been nominated five times for the award in this category (for the films Raging Bull, 1980; The Last Temptation of Christ, 1988; Goodfellas, 1990; Gangs of New York, 2002; The Aviator, 2004) Scorsese was finally given the golden statuette for his 2006 film The Departed. When he finally got on stage to receive his award from peers Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, he asked them to check the name in the envelope.
The 11 Oscars for The Return of The King
The first two films of the trilogy, based on J.R.R.Tolkien’s book of the same name – The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Two Towers (2002) – were left pretty much Oscar-less by the Academy. When it turned out that the third film had been nominated for 11 awards in different but key categories it seemed impossible that it would take some of these, needless to say all of them. However, during the build-up of various other award ceremonies before the night of the Academy Awards, the chances of Peter Jackson’s films seemed to grow. Finally, on the big night everyone forgot why they had even doubted Jackson’s chances of success when the film took all eleven statuettes.
Roberto Benigni’s Wild Walk
At the 71st Academy Awards Roberto Benigni’s film Life is Beautiful took two awards – one for Best Foreign Film (this being Italy’s tenth Academy Award) and then for Best Actor, beating the likes of Tom Hanks, Nick Nolte, Ian McKellan and Edward Norton. Benigni became the first foreign actor to have won the award since Sophia Loren’s win in 1962 for Two Women. Upon the announcement that his film will be taking the award Benigni jumped off his chair and started walking around on the backs of the chairs in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in LA, making for a moment worth remembering.
Woody Allen appearance at the Oscars ceremony
Although he has been numerously nominated for Academy Awards in multiple categories and has won different awards for three of his films (Annie Hall, 1977; Hannah and Her Sisters, 1986; Midnight in Paris, 2011), Woody Allen attended the ceremony for the first time in 2002. In the wake of the events of 9/11, Allen made his first appearance ever in order to present a tribute to films shot in New York City. According to him he was approached to give the speech and present the tribute put together by Nora Ephron. While on stage he explained his appearance was due to the fact that more talented filmmakers weren’t available so they finally ended up inviting him. Nevertheless, everybody would agree that he is the filmmaker who created the image of New York City sees in their mind.
Heath Ledger’s Posthumous Award
Although he had already been nominated once for the Oscar in the Best Actor category (Brokeback Mountain, 2005), in 2009 he was awarded the Oscar for performance by an actor in a supporting role posthumously for his portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight. Ledger was nominated along with Robert Downey Jr, (Tropic Thunder), Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road), Josh Brolin (Milk) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt). His father, mother and sister accepted the award for his creative performance on behalf of his daughter.