Every Oscar night is a memorable event celebrated worldwide but some Oscar incidents truly and genuinely surprise. Here are five such surprises.
Bigelow’s Big Night
Kathryn Bigelow (above) became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Directing, beating out ex-hubby, James Cameron, who was nominated for AVATAR. Her film, THE HURT LOCKER, took home five more Oscars that night, including Best Picture.
Who can forget Adrien Brody surprising presenter Halle Berry with an extended kiss when he took the stage to accept his Best Actor Oscar for THE PIANIST?
Matt and Ben win for GOOD WILL HUNTING
Every once in a (long) while, new faces burst onto the scene and are immediately embraced by audiences and Hollywood alike. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck did just that with GOOD WILL HUNTING script, which nabbed them the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and cemented their place in Hollywood.
The Streaker and David Niven’s Response
During the 1974 Oscars, a streaker ran across the stage behind David Niven. Niven did not miss a beat and his quip is as funny today as it was during the live show.
Marlon Brando Declines the Oscar
Marlon Brando declined his Best Actor Oscar for THE GODFATHER, famously sending Sacheen Littlefeather to make a speech on his behalf. Adding to the controversy, Littlefeather was later identified as an actress named Marie Cruz.
For more, visit the Oscar History Timeline. And watch the Oscars LIVE Oscar Sunday Mar 2 7e|4p on ABC.