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The Academy Awards are cinema’s most prestigious prize. Although there are moments of humor, the ceremony is typically a buttoned-up, serious affair. An Oscar can change the entire life for a winning actor, or generate millions of extra dollars at the box office for a motion picture. However, you have to remember that the ceremony is live, and even though the people attending are mostly superstar Hollywood celebrities, they're still human. Here are the best Oscar moments of all time.

These Oscar moments consist of a little bit of everything. If you’re looking for a list that concentrates on just the best acceptance speeches, you'll find that here. Of course, there are a few memorable speeches included, no Oscar list would be complete without a mention of Sally Field, and how much everyone likes her.

This list also celebrates the awkward moments. Remember when John Travolta called Idina Menzel, "Adele Dazeem"? How about when poor Frank Capra walked up to the stage when Frank Lloyd was actually the winner?

There are special Oscar moments on this list as well. From the wonderful time when John Wayne got to say his own kind of farewell to his colleagues and fans before passing away a few months later, to when Woody Allen made his lone appearance at the Oscars to pay tribute to his native New York six months after 9/11. There are also the unforgettable outfits - thank you Cher and Björk for being true fashion statement makers.

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In an open-mouth-insert-foot moment for the ages, Tom Hanks accidentally outed his high school drama teacher while accepting the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as an AIDS-stricken man in the 1993 drama Philadelphia. Hanks lauded his drama teacher Rawley Farnsworth in the speech, calling him, "one of the finest gay Americans that I had the good fortune to be associated with." It all turned okay in the end and even sparked the premise for the 1997 film In and Out. see more on Tom Hanks

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The 12th Academy Awards in 1940 proved to be a groundbreaking night. Hattie McDaniel, who played Mammy in Gone with the Wind, became the first African American to win an Oscar. McDaniel described the moment in her Best Supporting Actress acceptance speech as one of the happiest ones in her life.
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That Time There Was a Streaker


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Robert Opel, a conceptual artist, attained instant notoriety at the 46th Academy Awards in 1974. Co-host David Niven was getting ready to introduce presenter Elizabeth Taylor, who would announce the evening's top prize, the Best Picture Oscar. Out of nowhere, Opel ran onto the stage, totally nude, and flashed a peace sign. The quick-thinking Niven wryly commented, "Isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?"
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You Like Sally Field!


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Sally Field took home an Oscar for the second time in 1985 for her performance in Places of the Heart. Her acceptance speech that night has since become one of the most iconic, and most misquoted, speeches in Academy Award history. Here's what she really said, "I haven't had an orthodox career. And I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. 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. Thank you."
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