Top 10 Oscar Moments of My Life

The Oscars and I go way back. Way, wayyy back. Like, all the way back to the minute I was born. In 1989 during the announcement of Best Picture (Rain Man) during the 61st Academy Awards, I made my big debut. Ever since, the Awards were kind of a special thing in the family, and I have never missed a broadcast in my life. And my obsession has gone so far as to include hours spent trolling the Oscar archives to catch up on everything I missed before I was born.

(Even though I usually have no frame of reference for the movies nominated — but let's just sidestep that fact.)

There are far, far, far too many heartwarming, charming, heartbreaking, and hilarious moments over the last 86 years of Academy Award ceremonies to pick a handful to call my favorites. So I've tried my very best to narrow it down to the moments that stand out in my mind, that I always remember and call on in my memory, that kind of just make my heart smile when I think of them.

(Please note that there are literally dozens of runners up for me, and after you read this, I suggest you participate in my favorite annual pre- and post-Oscar pasttime: Looking up acceptance speeches on YouTube. Hints: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, (sick burn!), Lupita Nyong'o, Hilary Swank, Jamie Foxx, and so on.)

In honor of Sunday's 87th Academy Awards, here are just a few of my very favorite Oscar moments of the past few decades. (And before you ask, yes, I ugly cry watching almost every one of these.)
Julia Roberts sees Stick Man — When she won the award for Best Actress in 2001 (Erin Brockovich) she told the orchestra composer in no uncertain terms that he wasn't gonna shut her up. Her acceptance speech is genuine, heartfelt, fun, and funny.

Adrien Brody kisses Halle Berry — His excitement when he won for The Pianist is so endearing! And I honestly can never remember anything he says in his acceptance speech, because his initial reaction to the win and Halle's reaction to the big fat kiss he lays on her is all just too much to handle.

Ellen tidies up — In her first Oscar hosting gig, Ellen brought the laughs like we knew she would.

Cuba Gooding Jr. loves everybody — Oh, he is just so happy. It's infectious. His standing ovation is well-deserved. He's thrilled down to every inch of his bones and you can feel it through a screen, even now, decades after his Best Supporting Actor-worthy performance in Jerry Maguire. I can't help but smile.

Ellen takes the #selfie seen 'round the world (And every other moment from her 2014 hosting gig. Every damn one.) — You can't have forgotten this one already. And the pizza too.
Matt & Ben's acceptance speech — Just buckets and buckets and buckets of "awww." And they deserved it too, which always makes it better.

The 2010 Best Actress nominees are introduced by their friends — I adore this whole segment, but I can wrap it right up with four words: Stanley Tucci. Meryl Streep. (PS, she's from New Jersey.)

Robin Williams 1998 acceptance speech — I miss you, Robin. Thank you for never becoming a welder. (Watch to the end to see a beautiful moment between dear friends.)

Hugh Jackman rushes to J.Law's aid — I mean, it's such a small, almost unnoticeable moment, but he's just the epitome of a gentleman in this moment and I just find the whole thing adorable and endearing.

Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first woman to win Best Director — Because it was about damn time.

Do you have any favorite Oscar moments I missed? Will you be watching on Sunday? You know I will be — tweet along with me!


  1. I can't wait to see what can possibly top the selfie and pizza this year! I'm hosting an Oscar party for the first time on Sunday so hopefully all will go well!

  2. ahhh, i love all those moments!! even went back on youtube just now to rewatch some of them. i wonder what can top ellen's selfie moment?

  3. Oh I think Matt & Ben's acceptance speech was amazing!! I am so excited for the show this year!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  4. Aww yay I can't wait to watch now!

  5. i literally haven't seen any of these moments - i am going to watch them all tonight.
    seriously though, poor Leo.

  6. I can't say I've seen many of these, except the Ellen selfie and of course J Law falling, but I love your choices! And the fact that you included clips :) I'm not a big awards show person, but these are some classic moments!

  7. I almost feel a little bad confessing that I have never seen the Oscars.. I do know about J Lawrence's trip up the stairs though!

  8. I've only see the last couple of years so I wasn't familiar with most of these, but oh my gosh the Adrien Brody one is so, so good! Everyone just looks so genuinely happy for him and when he's talking about his parents. Also, I'm kind of obsessed with Julia Roberts' dress! I'll spare you from commenting on each one of these, but thank you for sharing!

  9. Hugh Jackman and J. Law, loved it! Actually, all of these are classic. Great list! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. haha I love the Oscars!!! The selfie seen around the world is my most recent fave but I have to say matt and ben's acceptance speech brings back some real memories!

  11. loved all of those! the oscars this year had me crying. i get emotional easily...or this year it seemed. great speeches and loved when gaga sang. it was beautiful.


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