Awesome / Academy Award

  • From 1970, Fred Astaire does an epic impromptu dance bit. Even at 71 years old, he still had some awesome moves.
  • From 1986: After seven previous nominations, veteran actress Geraldine Page finally wins Best Actress. Better is F. Murray Abraham opening the envelope to proclaim "I consider this woman the finest actress in the English language!" and you can see fellow nominee Jessica Lange whispering "it's Geraldine." A standing ovation follows although Page had removed her shoes just before the award was announced and needed to find them to finally accept. Even more touching as Page would pass on just a year later.
  • From 1992: Jack Palance doing one armed pushups after winning Best Supporting Actor for City Slickers. Did we also mention he was 73 years old at the time? See for yourself. Also counts as a Crowning Moment of Funny.
  • From 1997: Cuba Gooding Jr.'s speech. The orchestra tried to play him off the stage, but it only ended making his speech sound all the more epic. By the end the crowd was roaring with approval and many gave him a standing ovation.
  • Also from 1997: Juliette Binoche scoring arguably the greatest acting upset ever by winning Best Supporting Actress. To put this in perspective, everyone had assumed Lauren Bacall would win as a "career Oscar" with several newspapers not even bothering listing the category in their "Pick the Oscars" contests as it was such a done deal. Binoche is literally stunned speechless as you can hear the roars of shock from the crowd at the unexpected victory and how Bacall is calm but the other three nominees are all wide-mouthed at hearing a different name called than expected.
  • From 2002: Michael Moore's speech for Bowling for Columbine. Say what you want about Moore for his politics or his tendency to offensive, but you at least have to respect him for truly speaking his mind about President Bush (during a time when it certainly wasn't popular) and not caring about the boos and jeers from the crowd. Also, bringing up the other nominees from the documentary category up on stage with him was very kind. Watch it here.
  • From 2003: Adrien Brody not only winning Best Actor for ''ThePianist'' (becoming the youngest actor to do so, at age 29), but halting the playing of the wrap-up music, to the rapturous applause of the audience, and getting two standing ovations.
  • From 2005: The Motorcycle Diaries had song "Al Otro Lado del Rio" nominated, but its singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler didn't perform during the ceremony (Antonio Banderas and Santana did so). So once Drexler wins Best Song, he sings his composition instead of doing a speech.
  • From 2007: Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg presenting their old friend Martin Scorsese with the Best Director Oscar for The Departed (after he was snubbed so many times before). The standing ovation lasts nearly a full minute. Look and behold.
  • After five previous nominations, Kate Winslet finally wins an Oscar for Best Actress and obviously loving it ("Suck it, Meryl!").
  • From 2010: Kathryn Bigelow becoming the first woman ever to win the Best Director Oscar.
    • Even better, among those she beat was her ex-husband James Cameron, who actually took defeat very well, even joining in on the standing ovation she received.
  • From 2013: Daniel Day-Lewis winning Best Actor for the third time, for Lincoln. Which, in case you don't know, is a record for an actor. Behold.
  • From 2014:
    • Steve McQueen became the first black producer to win an Oscar for 12 Years a Slave which won for Best Picture. After giving his speech, he jumped with joy onstage while the cast and crew cheered.
    • Also, Lupita Nyong'o became one of the few actresses to win an Oscar for her film debut.
    • From that same year, Gravity completely destroying the Sci Fi Ghetto, winning 7 Oscars out of its 10 nominations, including a well deserved Best Director win for Alfonso Cuarón (who also won for Best Film Editing earlier that night).
  • From 2015:
    • Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, whose Ida won Best Foreign Language Film, refusing to cut his acceptance speech short and outlasting the inevitable "play-off" music by starting to speak really fast.
    • John Legend and Common, having won Best Original Song for their Selma tune "Glory", making pointed reference to civil rights struggles past and present during their acceptance speeches. Made especially effective by the controversial scarcity of non-white Oscar nominees that year.
    • Graham Moore's acceptance speech after winning Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game:
      Graham Moore: So, in this brief time here, what I want to use it to do is to say this: When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong. And now I'm standing here and, so, I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she's weird or she's different or she doesn't fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. You do. Stay weird. Stay different. And then when it's your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along. Thank you so much.
    • The "Everything is Awesome" performance.
    • Lady Gaga's phenomenal take on The Sound of Music doubled with an appearance by Julie Andrews to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film.
    • Big Hero 6's win for Best Animated Film. Not only was it the first superhero-themed film (though still with hints of Oscar Bait) to win any non-technical Oscars since The Dark Knight in 2008, but it was also the first film based on a Marvel Comics property to win an Oscar of any kind, plus it was up against How to Train Your Dragon 2 (which won the Golden Globe and swept the Annie Awards prior to the Oscar ceremony) and proved for Disney that Frozen (their first film to win a Best Animated Film Oscar without Pixar's involvement) wasn't a fluke.
  • From 2016:
    • In the wake of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, Chris Rock scrapped all the material he'd prepared for the show in favor of tackling the issue head on, with full support from the Academy members themselves. The result was a slew of amazingly hard hitting material where he still never forgot to be funny.
    • ENNIO. FREAKING. MORRICONE. After a lifetime of producing music that's not only among the best in film history but many agree can stand with the likes of Mozart and Beethoven, and still never getting an Oscar for it (including Sergio Leone's own choice for his best work not being nominated because of a typo on the submission form), it finally happened at age 87, when he returned to the western genre for the first time since the '70s.
    • Leonardo DiCaprio putting an end to the great Running Gag of his career by taking home an award after damn near killing himself making The Revenant. And despite having one of the night's longer acceptance speeches, the producers never attempted to play him off because he'd earned it that much.
    • Alejandro G. Inarritu winning Best Director for the second straight year, the first time this has happened in 65 years.
    • Emmanuel Lubezki winning Best Cinematography for the third year in a row.
    • Best Animated Short winner Bear Story became the first Chilean film to ever win an Oscar. The writers were well aware of this and proudly referenced it in their speech.
    • Lady Gaga's performance of "Til It Happens to You," joined on stage by a multitude of college campus rape victims, their arms emblazoned with statements that they really are survivors of sexual assault in defiance of the several faculties who denied the veracity of The Hunting Ground.
    • Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's documentary A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness being awarded the Best Documentary Oscar, which allowed her a platform to speak up on behalf of honour-killings.

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