It’s that time of year again: all the stars out in posh frocks weeping over little statuettes and being thankful to scores of people you’ve never heard of (and God…and America).
With the 87th Annual Academy Awards winging our way this Sunday, we’re taking a look back over the years for five times the Oscars wasn’t a complete snooze-fest.
1. The Streaker
46th Academy Awards (1974)
Only a true professional like David Niven could handle this kind of, aherm, ballsy intrusion with that level of sophistication and quick wit. A classy gent.
2. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon acceptance speech
70th Academy Awards (1997)
The sheer unadulterated joy of the two Good Will Hunting writers makes for a welcome change to the usual, clichéd acceptance speech. The two feed off each other’s excitement so much that, by the end, they’re like a couple of sports fans giving “Hi mum” shout-outs down a reporter’s mic. We’d be pretty amped too.
3. Jack Black and Will Ferrell’s “Get off the Stage” song
76th Academy Awards (2004)
Pairing the comic musical stylings of two greats like Black and Ferrell was always going to be a winner. In this jibe at the bemoaned, long acceptance speeches that the Oscars always bring; they do not disappoint.
4. Hugh Jackman’s Opening Number
81st Academy Awards (2009)
Jackman kicked off his first stint as Oscar host with this impressive display of singing, dancing and bold jokes – showing he’s not just a pretty face. Top it off with an excellent cameo from his future Les Mis co-star Anne Hathaway and you’ve got a musical number worthy of its own award.
5. John Travolta introducing Idina Menzel
86th Academy Awards (2014)
We couldn’t have pulled together a list like this without mentioning this gaffe from last year. Names can be slippery things as Mr. Greased Lightning himself proved when he tried to introduce Idina Menzel’s performance of “Let it Go” – sparking social media meltdown. Whoever Adele Dazeem is, we’re sure she’s also wickedly talented!
What’s your favourite Oscars moment?