The Most Memorable Oscar Moments

The Most Memorable Oscar Moments (2)

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Remember Ben Stiller as Joaquin Phoenix? How about when Reese Witherspoon became Best Actress? Take a look back at some of the biggest moments in recent Academy Awards history here.
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William Monahan, winner Best Adapted Screenplay for ?The Departed? congratulated by Martin Scorsese during the 79th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 25, 2007 in Hollywood, California.
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6. Martin Scorsese (2007)
Martin Scorsese finally got his Oscar gold in 2007. The director was passed over for the Best Director prize time after time, but finally walked away with the win for his flick The Departed. "Could you double-check the envelope?" he told the presenter upon getting up to the mic.
***NO ONLINE, NO INTERNET, EMBARGOED FROM INTERNET AND TELEVISION USAGE UNTIL THE CONCLUSION OF THE LIVE OSCARS TELECAST*** Writer Diablo Cody winner of the award for Best Original Screenplay for the movie "Juno" poses in the press room during the 80th Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Hollywood, California.
(February 24, 2008 - Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images North America)

7. Diablo Cody (2008)
Stripper-turned-scribe Diablo Cody won her first Oscar (Best Original Screenplay) in 2008 for her flick Juno. She flashed a little leg and even shed a tear onstage while thanking her cast and family. "And most of all, I want to thank my family for loving me exactly the way I am," she said.
Kate Ledger (C), sister of late Heath Ledger, accepts the award for Best Supporting Actor for "The Dark Night" with father Kim (L) and mother Sally (R) during the 81st Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on February 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kim Ledger;Sally Ledger;Kate Ledger
(February 23, 2009 - Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America)

8. In Memory of Heath Ledger (2009)
In 2008, Heath Ledger became the second actor in Academy Awards history to win a statue after his death. The Dark Knight actor's mother, father, and sister got up on stage to accept the Best Supporting Actor prize on behalf of the late star. His sister Kim said: "This award tonight would have humbly validated Heath's quiet determination to be truly accepted by you all here – his peers within an industry he so loved." It was a very bittersweet moment in Hollywood.
Director Kathryn Bigelow accepts Best Director award for "The Hurt Locker" onstage during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California.
(March 6, 2010 - Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America)

9. Kathryn Bigelow (2010)
Kathryn Bigelow's 2010 Best Director prize was one for the history books: She became the first woman to ever win the honor (for The Hurt Locker) in 81 years of Oscar history AND beat out her ex-husband James Cameron and his flick Avatar. "This really is… There's no other way to describe it, it's the moment of a lifetime," she said.
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10. Halle Berry (2002)
Halle Berry became the first African American woman to win an Oscar in 2002 for her role in Monster's Ball. She was in tears while accepting the statue, and gave a very emotional speech. She began: "Oh, my god. Oh, my god. I'm sorry. This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It's for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it's for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened."
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