Most awkward Oscar moments

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The Marlon Brando blow off (1973): The movie eccentric sent Native-American activist and aspiring actress Sacheen Littlefeather to refuse the Oscar on his behalf , dressed in full Apache gear. According to Littlefeather, Brando couldn't accept frivolous awards "until the condition of the American Indian is drastically altered." Buzz. Killed. (Handout)
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Say no more: The Streaker (1974): It's safe to say no one was talking about the Oscar winners the day after Robert Opel ran across the stage naked during the live telecast. Almost as memorable as the streaker, was Oscar co-host David Niven's response to the mayhem happening behind him: "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?" Touche, David. (Handout)
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Vanessa Redgrave takes a stand (1978): Vanessa Redgrave used her acceptance speech - for best supporting actress - to bash the Jewish Defense League or, as she called them "a small bunch of Zionist hoodlums" for criticizing her participation in a Palestinian documentary. The JDL protested the award ceremony that year and burned effigies of the actress. (Reuters files)
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Rob Lowe jams with Snow White (1989): We've seen better opening numbers at Chuck E. Cheese's. In this 1989 shocker, Rob Lowe - just months away from a near career-ending sex tape scandal - sings an Oscar-fied version of "Proud Mary" with Snow White. It has to be seen and heard to be believed. (Handout)
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Uma...Oprah...(1995): Perhaps David Letterman's jokes didn't translate to the Oscar audience - but he did get in one memorable jab when he awkwardly introduced Oprah Winfrey to Uma Thurman during his monologue. "Uma, Oprah. Oprah, Uma". Not surprisingly, critics have crowned Letterman the worst Oscar host in history. (Reuters files)
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Angelina gives brother some tongue (2000): The smooch Angelina Jolie planted on her brother the night she won an Oscar for her role in "Girl, Interrupted" creeped people out. It didn't help matters when she exclaimed "I'm so in love with my brother right now" during her acceptance speech. Rumours of an incestuous relationship soon followed. (Reuters files)
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Brody's Oscar Surprise for Halle Berry (2003): Adrien Brody sure knows how to seize an opportunity. Before grabbing the best actor Oscar statuette for his role in "The Pianist", he grabbed hold of Halle Berry onstage and gave her a passionate smooch. Berry, clearly stunned, was nice enough not to slap him on live television. (Reuters files)
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A second chance (2008): When Markéta Irglová and Glen Hansard took the stage to accept their Oscars for the song "Falling Slowly" - it seems the broadcast only had time for one of them to speak. After Hansard thanked his friends and family, the orchestra started up before Markéta Irglová had her turn at the microphone. Classy host Jon Stewart brought her back onstage and let her have her moment.
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Elinor Burkett goes all Kanye on us. (2010): Never before has there been so much drama surrounding the Best Documentary Short category. When "Music by Prudence" producer Roger Ross Williams came onstage to accept his Oscar, his speech was interrupted by Elinor Burkett, a former producer on the film. Evidently, they had some major creative differences. (Reuters files)
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Roberto Benigni: Say what?! (1999): When Roberto Begnini won for best actor, Hollywood just couldn't wait to hear the acceptance speech of the goofy, clownish Italian and his broken English. Begnini didn't disappoint, delivering gems like: "I would like to be Jupiter and kidnap everybody and lie down in the filament making love to everybody." Huh? (Reuters files)
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Surprise! Sean Penn has no sense of humour! (2005): Sean Penn took great umbrage after Oscar host Chris Rock made some funny jokes about the quantity of movies starring Jude Law, asking "Who is this guy?". Penn, who afterwards came onstage to present an award, thought it was the perfect time to defend his acting pal. "In answer to our host's question, Jude Law is one of our finest young actors." Groan! (Reuters files)
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Halle Berry thanks her lawyer. (2001): Halle Berry's Oscar win for "Monster's Ball" was one for the record books. She became the first African-American actress to win a best actress Academy Award - but her acceptance speech wasn't quite as memorable. Berry started strong, but eventually started rambling and ended the speech shrieking and then thanking - urg - her lawyer! (Reuters files)
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Melissa Leo drops the F-bomb (2011): It wasn't quite as offensive as Melissa Leo's dress, but when the "Fighter" actress dropped the F-word during her acceptance speech for best supporting actress, the censors were not happy. She later apologized, saying the Oscar telecast was "a very inappropriate place to use that particular word...those words". (Reuters files)
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Everything about Anne Hathaway and James Franco's hosting attempt. (2011): Hathaway and Franco didn't just have one awkward moment - but a series of them over the course of the three-hour telecast. Franco's dull near-comatose delivery paired with Hathaway's overly-perky personality made for a gag-inducing, eye-rolling, cringe-worthy night. (Reuters files)
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Ashes to ashes (2012): Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, dressed as his 'Dictator' character General Aladeen managed to fool Seacrest's security into thinking he would play nice for a live red carpet interview. Yeah, right. Before the interview was over, Seacrest was dusting off what was said to be the ashes of departed North Korean dictator Kim Jung Il over the host's nice suit. (WENN.COM)

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