The Oscars is generally billed as an exciting segment of movie recognition, but sometimes it can get a little stale. Occasionally, there will be a moment that ends up capturing the hearts of America forever. Here are ShockYa’s top 10 Oscar moments:

Adrien Brody/Halle Berry kiss (2003): Adrien Brody became the youngest winner of the award for Best Actor for his role in “The Pianist.” His astronomical win made him a huge star, but something that made him an even biggre star was when, in a frenzy of excitement, he rushed up and passionately kissed presenter Halle Berry after winning.

Adrien Brody and Halle Berry kiss

Marlon Brando refuses to accept award(1973): Even though Marlon Brando won the Oscar for his role in “The Godfather,” he refused to go to the ceremony. Sacheen Littlefeather came in Brando’s place, stating that the “poor treatment of Native Americans in the film industry” is why Brando would not accept his award. During this time, the standoff at Wounded Knee was creating extreme tensions between Native American activists and the American government, and Brando’s stance at the Oscars was seen as a victory.

Marlon Brando Godfather

Hattie McDaniel winning Best Supporting Actress (1939): Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American woman to win an Oscar for her role in “Gone with The Wind.”

Hattie McDaniel winning Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Sidney Poitier wins for Best Supporting Actor as well as an Honorary Oscar (1963, 2001): Sidney Poitier was the first African-American man to be nominated for an Oscar due to his performance in 1958’s “The Defiant Ones,” but he finally won his Oscar for his role in “Lilies of the Field.” 2001 saw a recognition for all of his achievements when he received the Honorary Academy Award.

Sidney Poitier wins for Best Supporting Actor Oscar

Tatum O’Neal becomes the youngest actress ever to win an Oscar (1974): Tatum O’Neal was a prolific child star, starring alongside her father Ryan O’Neal in 1973’s “Paper Moon.” Her performance made her the recipient of the 1974 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, which makes her the youngest person ever to win.

Tatum O'Neal oscar

“Beauty and the Beast” nominated for Best Picture (1992): The 1991 Disney movie became the first animated movie nominated for Best Picture. The impressive technical achievements the movie boasted are courtesy of a small company which would later become the version of Pixar we know today.

Beauty and the Beast

“Shrek” becoming the first animated film to win Oscar in Best Animated Film category (2002): “Shrek” was a well-known and well-beloved film before its Oscar nomination, but after “Shrek” made history as the first animated film to win an Oscar in the newly-created Best Animated Film category, “Shrek”‘s popularity rose greatly.

Shrek oscar

Sally Field’s “You Really Like Me” speech (1984): Sally Field won the hearts of America when she gave her speech after winning the Oscar for her role in “Places in the Heart.” Her speech, which contains the now-infamous line, is actually misquoted; she originally said “You like me,” at the end of the speech, not “You like me, you really like me!”

Sally Field You Really Like Me speech

Three 6 Mafia winning the Oscar for Best Original Song (2006): No one expected “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” for the film “Hustle and Flow” to win the Oscar for Best Original Song. However, the song did, and Three 6 Mafia became the most unconventional winners of the award, which made the night that much more memorable (and it’s a good song, too).

Three 6 Mafia winning the Oscar

The “Slumdog Millionaire” Effect (2009) The sheer amount of press “Slumdog Millionaire” received for the film and its core of mostly untrained, talented actors was tremendous. The entire cast stole the hearts of the Oscars audience members, and the film won almost every award it was nominated for, including Best Picture.

Slumdog Millionaire

Which Oscar moment is your favorite? Tell us in the comments section below.

Written by: Monique Jones

Additional information: Wikipedia

By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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