In 1969, Ruth Gordon won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Minnie Castevet in ROSEMARY’S BABY, a particularly unfunny role. But that didn’t stop her from showing her sense of humor when accepting her award.
Director Alfred Hitchcock was known as the Master of Suspense. This 1968 clip of him accepting the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award proves that he also mastered the art of brevity.
Comedian George Burns won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1976. He was 80 years old at the time.
It’s no surprise that when comedian George Burns accepted his Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1976, he included a few jokes in his acceptance speech.
Known for such films as THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI and DR. ZHIVAGO, David Lean’s work would not necessarily indicate a funny man but his brief acceptance speech for LAWRENCE OF ARABIA proves otherwise.
Movie star and one-time heavyweight boxer, Jack Palance surprised everyone with his one-armed pushups and risqué humor at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1992. Palance won for his work in CITY SLICKERS.
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