The Most Unforgettable Oscar Moments in History

After the Academy Award nominations were announced, the Loose Women panel were keen to discuss the potential winners of February’s star spangled ceremony.

As the Oscar nominations list recognised motion pictures Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood, along with artists Steve Carrell, Bradley Cooper, Felicity Jones and Reese Witherspoon to name but a few, we took a look back at some of the academy awards’ most unforgettable moments.

Heath Ledger wins Oscar for Best Supporting Actor

After the shocking and sudden death of Australian actor Heath Ledger at the age of 28, the Oscars awarded him with the Best Supporting Actor award for his role as the Joker in the Batman film, The Dark Knight. The award was accepted by Heath’s family in a moving tribute on behalf of their talented son and his daughter, Matilda.

Hattie McDaniel Best Supporting Actress in Gone with the Wind


In 1940 Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an academy award for her supporting role in Gone with the Wind. Hattie McDaniel gave an emotional and brief speech to her peers stating it was one of the happiest moments of her life.

Julia Roberts cuts of conductor

When Julia Roberts won the award for Best Actress in 2001 for Erin Brockovich, she famously told the conductor to not cut her off mid-speech. As she fully enjoyed her moment, she graciously thanked everyone whilst making sure she wouldn’t be stopped, joking “I may never get the chance to be here again!”

Jennifer Lawrence trips

Known for being beautifully awkward and for her down-to-earth nature, this unforgettable Oscar moment came when ‘J-Law’ took a dive onto the stairs of the stage. The actress was accepting her Best Actress award for Silver Linings playbook in 2013 and tripped over her red carpet gown. Cue mockery from host Ellen a year later and a standing ovation from her audience.

Gwyneth’s weeping

We couldn’t take a look at unforgettable moments without mentioning the Gwyneth Paltrow speech in 1998. Paltrow received the Best Actress award for Shakespeare in Love and during a weepy display, thanked her fellow nominees, family, cast and crew. This clip often appears on memorable Oscar round-ups and has gone down in history for both her tears and pink ball gown.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon win Best Film for Good Will Hunting

Bezzie mates Ben Affleck and Matt Damon won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1997. Starring the friends themselves and the late Robin Williams, the film was nominated for nine academy awards in total. Their speech was humble, as Ben Affleck noted: “We’re just really two young guys who were fortunate enough to be involved with a lot of great people.”

Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman sing off

This Les Misérables duo performed together at the 2009 Oscars after host Hugh Jackman pulled Anne Hathaway from her seat to sing the opening for the Academy Awards show. Their sing-a-long was reciprocated in 2011, when Anne herself hosted, and the pair performed “On my Own” from Les Mis to a beckoning audience.

Ellen’s Oscar Selfie

Most Unforgettable Oscar Moments

Yes, it’s the age of the selfie, but none could be greater than the star-studded selfie that Ellen DeGeneres took at the 2014 Oscars. The most retweeted message of all time, the selfie of famous bods including the likes Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey, went seriously viral.

Lupita Nyong’o tearful speech from 12 Years A Slave

Almost as emotive as the film, 2014 gave strong recognition to 12 Years a Slave, after taking the award for Best Picture. However, true sentiment came from Lupita Nyong’o’s moving and tearful acceptance speech – honing in on the reasons behind Steve McQueen wanting to make the film.

A fabulous selection of memorable moments, but do you have an Oscar favourite of previous years? What are your thoughts on this year’s nominations?

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