The Top Seven Craziest Oscar Moments of All Time
The Oscars are upon us once again, and whether or not you care about the awards, you have to get a little excited about the stupid things that celebrities inevitably do each year. Of course, some were so stupid, or absurd, or just downright creepy, that they’ve stood the test of time and become legendary.
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By Nathan Bloch
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7. David Letterman Hosts the Oscars
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Most people would agree that Letterman is a reasonably funny fellow. But everyone who watched him host the 1995 Oscars agreed that he was a boring fuddy-duddy who shouldn’t quit his night job.
His worst moment was when he presented Oprah Winfrey to Uma Thurman, wise-cracking, “Uma, Oprah! Oprah, Uma!” He proceeded to repeat this joke over, and over, and over, until the audience started wondering what the hell Billy Crystal was up to that year that made him too busy to run the show.
6. Sally Field’s Oscar Acceptance Speech
Sally Field won her second Oscar in 1985 for playing Edna Spalding in Places in the Heart. The acceptance speech that followed has been misquoted time immemorial as going, “You like me, you really like me!” In fact, she didn’t say that. If she’d said that she’d have made a lick of sense.
Her actual acceptance speech did not make a lick of sense. It went thus: “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!” Who likes her? What does she feel? Why would this abstract entity like her now, but not in the past or future? Is Sally Field so unliked in her life that the only time she feels any affirmation from the world is when she wins Oscars? Whatever was going on in Sally’s mind, we’re glad she got it off her chest, and we hope she promptly enrolled in a self-esteem seminar.
5. Adrien Brody’s Oscar Acceptance Speech
Adrien Brody was the youngest actor, at 29, ever to win a Best Actor Oscar in 2003 for playing Wladyslaw Szpilman (say that one time fast) in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist. Nothing in his speech was terribly shocking. Rather, it was the way he set his speech up: he strode right up to Halle Berry, wrapped her up and planted a French kiss on the lady for all to see.
Though his rambling speech didn’t leave us much to make light of, he pulled another funny little stunt when, after babbling about this, that, and the other thing for several minutes the producers started up the Get-Off-the-Stage music. Instead of doing just that he told them to “Cut it out,” which they did, and he continued with another several minutes of earnest hogwash.
But we will always be grateful to Adrien Brody, if only for the fact that he taught us all a valuable lesson: Anyone can make out with a hot celebrity in public – all you have to do is win an Oscar.