The 86th Academy Awards is being held in Hollywood this Sunday. With the ceremony fast approaching, we revisit some of the most memorable moments in the Oscar’s history.
Charlie Chaplin’s Honourary Oscar (1972)
After being accused of being a Communist sympathiser, Charlie Chaplin spent 20 years in self-imposed exile. He finally returned to America in 1972, to accept an honorary Academy Award. Chaplin was given a hero's welcome and received a five minute standing ovation, the longest standing ovation in history of the Oscars.
The Infamous Oscar Streaker (1974)
British legend David Niven was co-hosting the Oscars when a photographer named Robert Opel ran naked across the stage. Niven was left unmoved and said dryly: "Isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?"
Woody Allen’s Oscar Appearance (2002)
Woody Allen's only Oscars appearance happened at the first ceremony after 9/11. He gave a speech asking filmmakers to continue coming to New York, his native City, for work. Allen paid tribute to New York's resilience and the city's leading role in movie history.
Kathryn Bigelow Wins Best Director (2009)
In 2009 Kathryn Bigelow made history and became the first woman to ever win a Best Director Oscar for her incredible film ‘Hurt Locker’. In the 80 years before Bigelow, only four women had ever been nominated for the award.
Sally Field’s Best Actress Acceptance Speech (1985)
Sally Field serves as a warning of how an Oscar speech can follow you forever. The actress won her second Best Actress Oscar for her performance in ‘Places in the Heart’. Upon accepting the award, Field blurted: “The first time I didn't feel it but this time I feel it. And I can't deny the fact that you like me. Right now, you like me!”
Marlon Brando and Sacheen Littlefeather Speech (1973)
At the 45th Academy Awards, Marlon Brando declined the Oscar for Best Actor in ‘The Godfather’ in protest of Native American depiction in Hollywood films. The actor sent activist Sacheen Littlefeather, an Apache woman, to speak on his behalf about the inequality the Aboriginal people faced at the time.
Sidney Poitier Wins Best Actor (1964)
A legendary Oscar moment took place in 1964 when Sidney Poitier won the Academy Award for Best Actor in ‘Lilies of the Field’, becoming the first African-American to win the category. "It has been a long journey to this moment" the actor said after he was presented with the prized statuette.