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These Oscars Moments are Too Historic to Forget

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Oscars is probably one of the most anticipated events of every artist in town. It had been honoring artists for so long and unknowingly made a list of remarkable moments. Here are a few of them:

In 1940, Hattie McDaniel made history for being the first black artist to bag home an Oscar trophy. However, that night was way too young and with segregation still on its peak, the legendary artist was asked to sit at the back, blocks away from the rest of the cast.

The 1943 Best Actress Awardee, Greer Garson, delivered a seven-minute-long acceptance speech. It was the longest ever recorded and it also became the basis for restricting the time limit for acceptance speeches by Oscar awardees. On the contrary, in 1968 Alfred Hitchcock’s acceptance speech only contained a brief “Thank you”.

 In 1972, the silent film actor Charlie Chaplin was given an honorary award coupled with a 12-minute standing ovation. His appearance created a buzz for it was considered to be his first public appearance in the US after a two-decade US fasting because of his alleged communist involvement.

In 1973, Sacheen Littlefeather rejected the Best Actor Award for Marlon Brando saying that the actor can’t accept the prestigious award due to the treatment of American Indians in the film industry. And right after a year, people were shocked when a naked man ran across the stage during the Oscar awards.

Rob Lowe‘s Snow White opening song ended up a complete disaster in 1989 after Disney sued the whole show for unauthorized use of its creation. In 1993, Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins were banned on Oscar after rendering a political speech.

In 2002, Halle Berry burst into tears after she was declared to be the Best Actress making her the first black woman to receive such honor. After a year the buzz was still on when the 2003 best Actor Awardee, Adrien Brody kissed her on the Oscar stage. The list goes on with Heath Ledger’s Oscar award following her death in 2009, Kathryn Bigelow becoming the only Best Director woman awardee, Ellen DeGeneres viral selfie-and Jennifer Lawrence’s stage trip.

One of the most humiliating Oscars moments happened in 2017. Oscar was the talk of the town when they announced that La La Land won the Best Picture. During the cast’s speech, an unexpected turn took place when the film’s producer announced their defeat saying that there was a misunderstanding, handling the Best Picture award to “Moonlight”.

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This year, a very important milestone took place at the 2020 Oscar. For the first time in its history, an international film won Best Picture. The South Korean movie, Parasite, garnered four major awards including Best Director for Bong Joon Ho who was the second Asian director to win the award.

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