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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/fc561571_8f74_4edb_b6cd_998e6159066b.jpeg]] ²²->''"[The] Academy Awards: Two hours of sparkling entertainment, spread out over a four-hour show."''²-->-- '''Creator/JohnnyCarson'''²²The UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s ceremony (also known as simply The Oscars) is typically considered an entertainment event in its own right.²²Alongside the awards themselves, of course, they typically feature a mix of comedy bits, musical numbers (including, traditionally, performances of the nominees for Best Original Song), and other feature segments (including since 1993, an "in memoriam" segment featuring a montage of notable figures in film who had died during the past year). The ceremony is known for being CarriedByTheHost, often relying on an actor or personality with a comedy background: Creator/BillyCrystal and Creator/BobHope have been well-known hosts in the past, with Hope in particular having hosted a record 19 ceremonies. The ceremony's producers have experimented with other hosting arrangements as well, such as having multiple hosts in a group, or having presenters rotated throughout rather than one or more definitive hosts.²²The ceremony was first televised by Creator/{{NBC}} for the 25th Academy Awards in 1953. Since 1960 (barring a brief return to NBC from 1971 to 1975), the ceremony has been consistently broadcast by Creator/{{ABC}}, under a contract recently renewed through 2028. The ceremony has had a history of high viewership, especially if a highly-regarded film was in the running for Best Picture (such as ''[[Film/{{Titanic1997}} Titanic]]'', which caused the 1998 ceremony to have just over 57 million viewers), although ratings have steadily dropped since due to multiple factors, such as viewing habits and the reception of recent ceremonies (with the most recent ceremony in 2020 falling to an all-time low of 23.6 million -- a 20% year-over-year drop over the 2019 ceremony, which itself had a 12% gain over 2018).²²Until TheNewTens, the Oscars were, notably, one of the few non-sports primetime programs to be [[BroadcastLive broadcast live]] nationwide, rather than tape delayed for the west coast. However, most of the other major awards shows began to follow suit with the popularity of social media, which demanded a more "communal" experience, and made it harder to avoid "spoilers".²²-----²!! The envelope, please...²* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: Billy Crystal slipped in a few well-timed puns about the surprise twist of the TropeNamer during his tenure as the 1993 host. Made all the funnier if you've seen it.²* AssumedWin: ²** ''Film/LaLaLand'' was considered the odds-on-favorite for Best Picture at the 89th Awards, and was ''actually announced'' as the winner, but before all the producers could finish their acceptance speeches, it was revealed that ''Film/{{Moonlight}}'' was the real winner for Best Picture and that Warren Beatty made a mistake due to receiving the wrong envelope.²** With a [[Creator/StevenSpielberg major director]] at the helm, universal acclaim, and praise for its unflinching portrayal of war, ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' was about as sure a bet for Best Picture as could be. That's why you could hear gasps in the audience when ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'' took home the award.²** Everyone assumed Creator/LaurenBacall would win Best Supporting Actress for ''Film/TheMirrorHasTwoFaces'', even Creator/JulietteBinoche, who was also nominated, for ''Film/TheEnglishPatient''. Binoche looked genuinely shocked and stunned when her name was announced instead. Like ''Shakespeare in Love'', a savvy marketing campaign by Creator/MiramaxFilms sparked the upset.²** Back in the 2006 Oscars, it was expected that ''Film/BrokebackMountain'' would win for Best Picture. But ''Film/{{Crash}}'' took home the trophy. Creator/JackNicholson, who presented the category, sounded disappointed when he announced the winner, letting out a much-memed "Whoa". ²** After losing six previous times, Creator/GlennClose was expected to win Best Actress in 2019. Actual winner Creator/OliviaColman even apologized to Close in her acceptance speech.²** One of the largest shocks in the history of the Oscars happened in 1948, when Creator/RosalindRussell was considered the only possible Best Actress winner for her role in the tragic Creator/EugeneONeill melodrama ''Mourning Becomes Electra''. The term "sure thing" doesn't cover the perception at the time that Russell was unquestionably going to win. It was more like "forgone conclusion". So when it was time for the award, Russell was actually rising from her seat before the envelope was opened, and the presenter even said her first name before looking at the envelope and realizing that Loretta Young had actually won for a light-hearted, mostly forgotten comedy called ''The Farmer's Daughter''.²* AttackOfThePoliticalAd: PlayedForLaughs on the 2006 Awards, which was hosted by Creator/JonStewart. One was about Creator/KeiraKnightley and took a shot at Creator/CharlizeTheron "hagging it up" in movies such as ''Film/{{Monster}}''.²-->"Keira Knightley for Best Actress. Keira Knightley, Acting While Beautiful!"²* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: In a long-runner such as the Oscars, there have been a few at least where completely unexpected situations have cropped up out of nowhere:²** In 1974, the 46th Academy Awards were briefly interrupted when a man named Robert Opel rushed onto the stage and [[{{streaking}} streaked]] naked behind presenter Creator/DavidNiven, who without missing a beat quipped, "Isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?"²** Creator/MarlonBrando, a year previous, boycotted the awards, sending Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather in his place to protest Native American treatment in Hollywood. When he won for his role in ''Film/TheGodfather'', Littlefeather accepted and made a brief statement on the subject (Brando had actually given her a [[AuthorFilibuster much longer speech to read]], but she was threatened with ejection or arrest if she attempted to read it) before leaving the stage. She did not collect the Oscar for Brando. Creator/RogerMoore, the presenter, claims he was allowed to briefly keep it (presumably because ''someone'' had to take it home!), before an armored car sent by the Academy came by to retrieve it.²** Creator/GeorgeCScott refused to show up in 1971 to the 43rd Academy Awards, where he won Best Actor for his title role in ''Film/{{Patton}}'', dismissing the competition as "a goddamn meat parade". He even refused acceptance of the statuette afterwards, but told them to give it to the George S Patton Museum. It instead was eventually installed at the Virginia Military Institute (Patton's ''alma mater'').²** While hosting the 86th Academy Awards in 2014, Creator/EllenDeGeneres decided to buy some pizza, requesting money from the artists using Pharrell Williams' NiceHat, and actually bringing the (clearly surprised) delivery boy on stage. Two years later, Creator/ChrisRock did the same trick by bringing in Girl Scouts to sell cookies to the gathered stars.²** At the 89th Academy Awards in 2017, Creator/WarrenBeatty and Creator/FayeDunaway were presenting Best Picture, but were instead handed the envelope for Best Actress, which Emma Stone had won for ''Film/LaLaLand''. Confused, Beatty handed the envelope to Dunaway, who proclaimed ''La La Land'' as the winner for Best Picture. After the producers of ''La La Land'' came to the podium (with some even giving their acceptance speeches), producer Jordan Horowitz announced there was a mistake and that ''Film/Moonlight2016'' actually won Best Picture. Beatty explained his mistake, host Creator/JimmyKimmel jokingly took the blame, and the statuettes were given to the producers of ''Moonlight''.²** Music/{{Eminem}}'s surprise and long overdue performance of his Oscar-winning song, "Lose Yourself" from ''Film/EightMile'', at the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020 really caught everybody off guard because it wasn't even reported. He didn't attend the 2003 ceremony where "Lose Yourself" won Best Original Song, thinking that it wouldn't actually win. But it only took him 17 years for him to finally perform at the Oscars where after the segment of [[SignatureSong popular movie songs]], Eminem rises up on stage and starts rapping. The reactions to this surprise were very hilarious, ranging from Music/BillieEilish and Creator/IdinaMenzel looking baffled; Creator/ZazieBeetz, Creator/GalGadot, Creator/KellyMarieTran and Creator/BrieLarson grooving to the song clearly enjoying it; to Creator/MartinScorsese looking very unimpressed; to someone in the crowd who was hard to recognize due to [[https://akns-images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/202019/rs_640x360-200209190313-The_Oscars-6_31_15_PM_-_6_31_17_PM-2020-02-09.gif how]] [[https://akns-images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/202019/rs_640x360-200209190210-The_Oscars-6_32_48_PM_-_6_32_49_PM-2020-02-09.gif hard]] they were shaking their head to the song. After the performance, Eminem receives a well-deserved standing ovation. ²* BilingualBonus: Creator/TrevorNoah's appearance at the 91st Academy Awards has him use his gift for languages to insert an "old Xhosa phrase" which at the ceremony he says, is about how people are strong when they come together. Xhosa-speaking viewers correctly identified that what he said was "[[GlobalIgnorance White people don't know I'm lying]]".²* BitingTheHandHumor²** Overly-long acceptance speeches have been the target of recurring jokes during the ceremony.²** Following the aforementioned Best Picture gaffe, the promotional poster for the 2018 edition featured a proof sheet motif and the tagline "What could possibly go wrong?"²** In 2020, James Corden and Rebel Wilson presented the Best Visual Effects award in cheap cat costumes, acknowledging the importance of ''good'' visual effects on a film's success (criteria which ''[[Film/{{Cats}} Cats]]'' didn't exactly satisfy).²* BlackComedy:²** During the 1993 ceremony, Billy Crystal mentioning that Creator/{{Disney}} had bought a hockey team (the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim), and then saying he'd thought that the only "Disney on Ice" was Walt himself (alluding to the urban legend that Creator/WaltDisney was [[HumanPopsicle encased in a block of ice]] after his death). Crystal mentioned afterward that the reason he wore black was so that he could make that joke.²** Creator/SethMacFarlane, when speaking about ''{{Film/Lincoln}}'' in 2013, quipped that in his opinion the actor who "really got inside Lincoln's head" was John Wilkes Booth. The audience audibly winced at that one.²--->'''Seth [=MacFarlane=]:''' Really? A hundred and fifty years, and it's still too soon, huh? ²* {{Camp}}: In general, the show's production numbers -- such as the chorus numbers that opened many shows up through the 1990s, interpretive dance/variety performances used to introduce categories such as Original Score and Costume Design, and performances of Best Song nominees that don't take a minimalist approach have often qualified as low/unintentional camp. The notorious Snow White-meets-Rob Lowe opening of 1989 was actually high/intentional camp, adapted from the beloved San Francisco-based revue ''Beach Blanket Babylon'', but to say audiences didn't get the joke is an understatement. Post-1989, there have been production numbers led by the hosts that are intentionally tongue-in-cheek but more obviously humorous, which are usually well-received (see Hugh Jackman's opening in 2009).²* ChannelHop: From Creator/{{NBC}} (which first televised the ceremonies in 1953) to Creator/{{ABC}} in 1961, back to NBC in 1971, and back to ABC in 1976. ²* ContinuityNod: A few memorable moments will carry over to the following year. ²** Jack Palance shows off with one-armed push-ups on stage when he receives his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for ''Film/CitySlickers'' in 1992. In 1993, the curtain goes up on him towing a giant Oscar, upon which sits host (and his costar in the aforementioned film) Billy Crystal, onto the stage -- and doing a few more one-armed push-ups along the way.²** Adrian Brody plants TheBigDamnKiss on Halle Berry receiving Best Actor in 2003. An AnticipatoryBreathSpray is employed before he delivers Best Actress in 2004. ²** Creator/JohnTravolta somehow mangles Creator/IdinaMenzel's name into "Adele Dazeem" in 2014; the following year she is asked to introduce him on stage with the same treatment -- but not before Neil Patrick Harris said Creator/BenedictCumberbatch is "what you get by asking John Travolta to introduce Ben Affleck."²* CostumePorn: Usually of the fancy side, as SharpDressedMan and PimpedOutDress is the dress code which it would always been seen in the red carpet. But the subversions of that are always memorable, be it [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8b/American_Express_gold_card_dress.jpg weird]], [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/07/fc/17/07fc1747ba4188512764bcdd449fce06.jpg ridiculous]], [[http://stonerschematics.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Matt-Stone-and-Trey-Parker-on-Acid.jpg cross-dressing]], or [[http://cdn3.thr.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/landscape_928x523/2016/03/jennybeavan.jpg way]] [[https://media.giphy.com/media/tNeeQLyWzeT2E/giphy.gif too]] [[RummageSaleReject informal]].²* CringeComedy: The Best Picture presentation in 2017 once the infamous mistake had been identified.²* ExtraLongEpisode: The 74th Awards, in 2002, set a record by running 4 hours and 23 minutes; in the same amount of time, you could watch Best Picture winner ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' and fellow nominee ''Film/MoulinRouge'' back-to-back. There were several factors that led to this: There was a first-time producer (Laura Ziskin) working on a show that had been flirting with the 4-hour mark in the years since it was moved to an early evening Sunday timeslot. But there was also a huge sense of "a historic night" that permeated the show. It was the first Oscars held in the newly-built theater at the Hollywood & Highland complex, and with Creator/WhoopiGoldberg hosting and the expected (and ultimately delivered) wins of Creator/DenzelWashington and Creator/HalleBerry for Best Actor and Best Actress, the night was anticipated to be a watershed moment for race relations in Hollywood. Add the fact that it was the first post-[[UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror 9/11]] Oscars, with all the expected tributes and "[[Film/ThePlayer Movies: Now More Than Ever]]" rhetoric, and you had plenty of statements that the show wanted to make. Most reviews acknowledged that Oscar's heart was in the right place, but felt the whole thing just got too bloated. The Academy vowed to tighten things up in the future, and the show hasn't gone over four hours since.²** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Creator/JimmyKimmel during the 2018 ceremony, when he announced that he would give a jet ski as a prize to the winner who makes the shortest acceptance speech (presented ''Series/ThePriceIsRight''-style with '''Creator/HelenMirren''' as model). Mark Bridges (Best Costume Design, ''Film/PhantomThread'') won with a time of 30 seconds.²* EyeTake: Creator/SteveMartin hosted the 2001 show. This trope came into play in re the AccidentalInnuendo in Creator/PenelopeCruz' filmography.²-->"Ms. Cruz has been seen in the films ''Live Flesh'', ''Woman On Top'' and can now be seen in ''Film/{{Blow}}''."²* FilkSong: Creator/BillyCrystal had a tradition of turning songs into summaries of the Best Picture nominees and/or tributes to their performers/filmmakers from his first hosting gig in 1990 onward. ("Unforgettable" into [[Film/{{Unforgiven}} "Unforgivable"]], for instance.) This originated as a parody of the elaborate chorus numbers that had opened many previous ceremonies (and would turn up again in later ceremonies), specifically as a TakeThat to the 1989 ceremony's Snow White and Rob Lowe debacle (where they sang a rewritten version of [[Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival "Proud Mary"]] called "Keep Those Cameras Rollin' ").²* ForgottenThemeTuneLyrics: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoXLu9Rz70g Parodied in one act]] by Creator/WillFerrell and Creator/JackBlack, claiming that the music played to end overly-long speeches actually has lyrics.²* TheHost: A celebrity, usually (though not always) a comedian, typically serves as master of ceremonies for the show. There have been a number of them through the years.²** Creator/BobHope hosted a record 19 times, either alone or in conjunction with others, between 1940 and 1978. A RunningGag was Hope's disappointment over failing to get a Best Actor statue himself.²** Creator/BillyCrystal comes in second, having hosted nine times, and is regarded by many as the best Oscar host ever. Perhaps his most memorable moment came in 1992, when he opened the show by being wheeled onto the stage in a [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] getup.²** Other notable Oscar hosts have included Creator/JohnnyCarson, Creator/ChevyChase, Creator/WhoopiGoldberg, Creator/DavidLetterman, Creator/SteveMartin, Creator/ChrisRock, Creator/JonStewart, Creator/EllenDeGeneres, Creator/HughJackman, Creator/SethMacFarlane, Creator/NeilPatrickHarris, and Creator/JimmyKimmel.²** In some years there have been multiple hosts sharing the duties. This has been a rarity since the '80s, although in 2010 Steve Martin co-hosted with Creator/AlecBaldwin, while the 2011 ceremony paired Creator/JamesFranco and Creator/AnneHathaway. ²** There was also the "Friends of Oscar" era (1969-71), when MC duties rotated throughout the show among a big group of stars (34 [!] in 1971). ²** Averted with the 1989 ceremonies, which went one step beyond the "Friends of Oscar" idea: There was no designated hosts at all, just a ''long'' series of presenters (some only introduced the actual presenters of an award!), most of whom were themed pairs as per Allan Carr's "Couples, Companions, Costars, Compadres" theme. The 2019 ceremony also went hostless after planned host Creator/KevinHart dropped out (due to the controversy over some old homophobic comments he'd made on Website/{{Twitter}}) and the Academy was unable to find a replacement. A month before the 2020 ceremony, the Academy decided to go hostless again. ²* InterfaceSpoiler: Occasionally you can guess who the winner will be based on the presenters, although the Academy usually avoids this on most occasion. One very obvious example is the 2007 Ceremony, where Creator/MartinScorsese was nominated for Best Director for ''Film/TheDeparted'' with many believing he would finally win this time. As soon as the presenters came on stage (Creator/FrancisFordCoppola, Creator/StevenSpielberg, Creator/GeorgeLucas), it became clear that Scorsese would win owing to the fact that he and the presenters were part of the "movie brats" generation, mostly because of the association, but also because it was rare for three presenters to give the Best Director award.²* {{Irony}}: Presenting the Best Makeup award at the 1987 show, Creator/RodneyDangerfield pondered "In the movies, everybody wants to look good, you know? And who always wins the [makeup] award? The guy who creates the ugliest creature there is!" Even funnier, he was right on the money: ''Film/TheFly1986'' beat ''[[Literature/EarthsChildren The Clan of the Cave Bear]]'' and ''Film/Legend1985'' for the award.²* IWantSong: The 1989 telecast had the Kander and Ebb-penned "I Wanna Be an Oscar Winner", a number performed by various "stars of tomorrow" including, among others, Creator/CoreyFeldman and Creator/ChristianSlater. It went over about as well as the Snow White/Rob Lowe opener did. ²* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: A guaranteed crowd-pleaser is to pair the co-stars of a classic film as presenters. RealLife couples and parent/child teams are also favorites of the producers. Taken to extremes with the 1989 telecast: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/61st_Academy_Awards The night's theme was pairs]], including three at-the-time couples, twelve co-stars of popular and/or upcoming films, two parent/child groups, and two pairs that qualified as both co-stars AND lovers (Creator/JeffGoldblum / Creator/GeenaDavis and Creator/KurtRussell / Creator/GoldieHawn) and that was just among the ''presenters''. The notorious Snow White opening number had a few more co-star/couple pairings trucked out (Roy Rogers / Dale Evans, Vincent Price / Coral Browne). ²* MemeticMutation:²** The Best Picture gaffe of 2017 became an instant meme, with the card carrying ''Moonlight'''s name frequently being photoshopped to include everything from [[AwardSnub snubbed films]] to complete nonsense such as copypastas. That includes the photo of the celebrities' reactions to the blunder, especially that of [[Creator/DwayneJohnson the Rock]].²** Other meme-worthy moments include "Adele Dazeem" and the Oscar Selfie, both from 2014.²* MusicalGag: When presenters come out on stage there's often thematically appropriate music accompanying them, such as the theme from one of their past movies, but sometimes GeniusBonus gags of this sort turn up instead. For instance, in 1989 Creator/JeffGoldblum and Creator/GeenaDavis' entrance was scored by [[Film/TheFly1986 "Flight of the Bumblebee"]].²* NewerThanTheyThink: ²** Clips of the Best Picture nominees being spread out over the entire show, as well as presenters saying "And the Oscar goes to..."[[note]]Instead of "And the winner is..."[[/note]] only date back to the 61st ceremonies in 1989--yes, the notorious Allan Carr-produced "Worst Oscars Ever". Other Oscar staples that Carr introduced were extended red carpet coverage before the show, and Bruce Vilanch as a member of the writing staff (he stuck around for the next 25 years).²** The "InMemoriam" montage, honoring film notables who died in the previous year, has only been an annual part of the show since 1994.²** The current venue, the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, opened in 2002. Before that, Hollywood's biggest night hadn't actually been held in Hollywood for 41 years. It moved to Santa Monica for 8 years, then bounced between two downtown LA venues (the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Shrine Auditorium) for the next few decades.²** The ceremonies only started being ''really long'' in 1974, when the show ran 3 hours and 23 minutes, a full 45 minutes longer than the previous year. Before then, it wasn't at all uncommon for the show to finish in under two hours, or for the Oscars to be ''shorter'' than the film that won Best Picture (the ceremonies honoring ''Film/TheGodfather'', ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'', ''Film/WestSideStory'' and ''[[Film/BenHur1959 Ben-Hur]]'' all had this odd distinction).²** They've only been held on a Sunday night since the 71st Awards in 1999. Before that, they were traditionally a Monday night show.²* OlderThanTheyThink: Repurposing the lyrics to an older song to be about the show and/or the nominees predated Billy Crystal and even the "Proud Mary" rewrite of the 1989 ceremony. The 1987 ceremony featured a rewrite of [[Theatre/GuysAndDolls "Fugue for Tinhorns"]] performed by Telly Savalas, Pat Morita, and Creator/DomDeluise, and the 1988 ceremony revamped [[Theatre/AChorusLine "I Hope I Get It"]] performed by a chorus of singers dressed as Oscar statuettes.²* OvershadowedByControversy: While political comments by presenters and winners have been a longstanding source of polarization among viewers, a few moments have turned into all-out firestorms.²** When ''Film/HeartsAndMinds'' won Best Documentary Feature just weeks before the [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar fall of Saigon]] in 1975, producer Bert Schneider's acceptance speech included his reading a telegram sent by a Viet Cong leader to "Our friends in America." Creator/BobHope, hopping mad over this, urged the show's producers to make an announcement distancing the Oscars from political comments made by winners, which was read on-air by Music/FrankSinatra.²** Creator/VanessaRedgrave's Supporting Actress nomination for ''Film/{{Julia}}'' garnered controversy before the awards, because of her advocacy for [[UsefulNotes/{{Palestine}} Palestinian]] causes. When she won, she criticized "Zionist hoodlums" in her speech, which drew boos from the audience. Again, another presenter came out later and lamented the use of the Oscars as a political platform, in this case three-time Screenplay winner (''Film/{{Marty}}'', ''Film/TheHospital'', ''Film/{{Network}}'') Creator/PaddyChayefsky.²** The 1989 ceremony, despite having one of the widest-ranging and starry presenter lineups imaginable for its time, [[Film/RainMan the most popular Best Picture winner in years]], the rare feat of one of the night's winners also serving as a presenter (Creator/GeenaDavis, who won her Supporting Actress award for ''Film/TheAccidentalTourist'' before co-presenting Documentary Short Subject), and memorable comedy bits from (among others) Creator/RobinWilliams and Creator/BillyCrystal, was completely sunk by the extreme {{Camp}} of the 10-minute-plus "Snow White goes to Hollywood" opening sequence and "I Wanna Be an Oscar Winner" later, leading several major Hollywood creatives headed up by Creator/BlakeEdwards to take out an ad saying the show was an insult to the American film industry, and the Walt Disney Company attempting a lawsuit over the unauthorized use of their version of Snow White. The general critical reception was so poor that the show was completely overhauled the next year, and Crystal was tapped by new producer Gilbert Cates to host the 1990 ceremony largely because he was so frequently pointed to as a highlight in '89.²** Creator/EliaKazan's Lifetime Achievement award in 1999 drew protesters to the awards and dozens of conspicuous non-applauders in the audience (most prominently Creator/NickNolte and Creator/EdHarris), because of his actions during UsefulNotes/TheHollywoodBlacklist era.²** Creator/RomanPolanski's Best Director win for ''Film/ThePianist'', given that he was (and still is) a fugitive from justice for a sex crime.²** The famous gaffe over ''Film/LaLaLand'' and ''Film/{{Moonlight}}'' overshadowed both the ceremony and the reputations of both films, and became the most notable impact both films made in popular culture, since the subject matter of both films are otherwise too esoteric and niche for mainstream appeal.²* RogerRabbitEffect: ²** There have been several occasions from the late 1980s onward where animated characters "came on stage" to present the Best Animated Short Film award, including WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, [[WesternAnimation/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle and the Beast (plus Chip)]], [[WesternAnimation/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]], and [[WesternAnimation/ChickenLittle Chicken Little and Abby Mallard]]. This hasn't just happened for that one category; WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead presented the award for Best Sound Editing in 1997 and [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Edna Mode]] presented for Best Costume Design in 2005!²** Ironically, an original concept for the 1989 show was for the [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit trope-naming character and his wife Jessica]] to present the film's animation director Creator/RichardWilliams with his Honorary Oscar, but producer Allan Carr said that it would have been too expensive and time-consuming to pull off.²** WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck actually served as one of several ''co-hosts'' for the 1958 ceremony.²** The 2002 show, which introduced the Best Animated Feature category, had the lead characters from the three nominated films appear to be sitting in the auditorium as the nominations were read. Moreover, when ''Shrek'' was announced as the winner, its characters celebrated while those from the losing films ''looked shocked and/or disappointed that they did not win''.²** The 82nd Academy Awards ceremony had a segment where characters from each of that year's nominations for Best Animated Feature Film ([[WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox Mr. Fox]], WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}, [[WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfKells Aisling]], [[WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Frog!Naveen and Louis]], and [[WesternAnimation/{{Up}} Carl and Dug]]) were asked what the nomination meant to them. It also contains a brief TakeThat towards the category, with Mr. Fox being disappointed he didn't get nominated "like a real movie".²** The 88th Academy Awards ceremony had the Best Animated Short Film award being presented by [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe a trio of Minions]] and the Best Animated Feature Film award being presented by [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Woody and Buzz Lightyear]].²* RuleOfThree: Creator/DanielDayLewis has won the Best Actor Oscar three times, a record for any actor. Creator/JackNicholson and Walter Brenann have also won three Oscars each, albeit with two of Nicholson's in the Best Actor category and one for Supporting Actor, while Brennan won all three of his as a Supporting Actor. Creator/MerylStreep too has three, two as Best Actress and one as Supporting. (Creator/KatharineHepburn, meanwhile, won ''four'' awards for Best Actress.)²* RunningGag:²** Creator/JohnnyCarson was well-known for taking an odd moment from early in the show and referring to it later on. The most memorable case was at the 52nd Awards in 1980. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Splet Alan Splet]] won a special award for his sound effects work on ''Film/TheBlackStallion'', but couldn't be at the ceremony because he was in England working on ''Film/TheElephantMan''. Seizing on Splet's [[InherentlyFunnyWords Inherently Funny Name]], Carson joked that he was actually late driving to the ceremony and gave updates on the various mishaps Splet was facing on his journey.²** Billy Crystal's second hosting gig in 1991 had him make his entrance riding a steer, referencing his soon-to-open film ''Film/CitySlickers''. The next two years had similarly silly entrances -- being wheeled out on a gurney just like Hannibal Lecter in ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' in 1992, and being towed out on a giant Oscar by Jack Palance in 1993. That last one doubled as a ContinuityNod to the previous year...²** Specifically Palance's one-armed push-up stunt upon accepting Best Supporting Actor for the aforementioned ''City Slickers''. Crystal periodically joked for the rest of that show about his [[MemeticBadass costar's other amazing feats]], reaching a high point after the performance of ''Film/{{Hook}}'''s "When You're Alone" (which featured a stage full of flying tykes) with "Jack Palance is the father of all those children."²-->"Jack Palance just bungee-jumped off the Hollywood Sign, ladies and gentlemen."²** In the 2018 ceremony, noting how overly-long the ceremony had become due primarily to excessive acceptance speeches, Kimmel announced that whoever gave the shortest acceptance speech would win a brand-new jet ski. Some of the winners inevitably made references to this as a forewarning.²* SelfDeprecation:²** The climax of the opening montage of the 1997 ceremony, the first in which Billy Crystal wandered through various films of the previous year, has him fleeing the crashing plane from ''Film/TheEnglishPatient''. Its pilot is Creator/DavidLetterman, who gleefully suggests Crystal do the "Oprah...Uma" gag that went over so badly for him at the 1995 show.²** The following year had Crystal going down with the ''Film/Titanic1997'' and finding a fellow victim-to-be was Creator/KevinCostner. In a reference to his BoxOfficeBomb ''Film/ThePostman'', Costner assured Crystal that this sinking ship isn't the worst disaster he could be involved with!²* SoundEffectBleep: When Creator/RobinWilliams performed [[WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut "Blame Canada"]] at the 2000 ceremony, the female backup chorus gasped in order to cover up the word "fuck".²* StunnedSilence: Creator/JoePesci truly didn't expect to win Best Supporting Actor for ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'', so he never wrote an acceptance speech. He looked pleasantly surprised in his audience shot when the announcement was made, and after accepting his trophy simply said "It was my privilege. Thank you," and walked off, marking what's usually considered the shortest speech by a winning actor.²* TakeThat: Badly-received ceremonies and especially hosts may well be mocked by later hosts.²** Billy Crystal's response to applause as he came out to host the 1990 ceremony: "Is that for me or are you just glad I'm not Snow White?"²** Creator/WhoopiGoldberg, back for her second hosting gig in 1996 after a well-received 1994 show, asked "Did you miss me?" upon coming out -- referencing Creator/DavidLetterman's disastrous gig in '95.²* ToughActToFollow: Whoever gets to host in the next ceremony really has to make it memorable and enjoyable most especially if the host of the previous ceremony really did it well. Viewers and TV critics would always be critical to the host's ability to make the show interesting. ²* TragicKeepsake: The two acting Oscars to be (thus far) won posthumously basically turned the statuette into this. In both cases, members of the winner's family (Peter Finch's widow, Creator/HeathLedger's parents and sister) accepted the award and gave a speech thanking the Academy for honoring the winner's legacy. In a weird coincidence, both actors were UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}n.²* UnexpectedCharacter: The audience and viewers alike were stunned to see Creator/WoodyAllen walk out on the stage in 2002, for his first (and so far, only) appearance at the Oscars, to introduce the post-9/11 "Love Letter to New York in the Movies" tribute. His appearance used OOCIsSeriousBusiness as a way to underline the theme of [[BigApplesauce New York's]] importance as a film location.²* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Creator/RobLowe's assessment of the 1989 opening production number, featuring him, [[WesternAnimation/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]], and Creator/MervGriffin, in a 2018 [[https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/21/movies/rob-lowe-snow-white.html interview]].²-->"I don’t know what’s more amazing — the concept of the number, or the fact that nobody was high who came up with it."²----

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