This Sunday, Hollywood throws the 85th annual Academy Awards, the biggest movie party in the world. We expect glitz, glamour, and a few dozen Coppolas running around untended. But, if history is to be trusted, we should also expect the unexpected. Will Quvenzhané Wallis drop a few bon mots? Seth MacFarlane in a teddy bear suit? Perhaps a light sparing of witty rejoinders between Michael Haneke and Tommy Lee Jones? Whatever happens on Sunday, remember that the Academy has been privy to a few zany things. Read on for our 10 favorite memorable moments in Oscar history.
Cuba Gooding Jr., 1997
An ordinary speech demands you to be alert, pay attention, and maybe feel a little happy for the guy giving it. Cuba Gooding Jr.'s acceptance for Best Supporting
Actor in Jerry Maguire was not ordinary. His words were blisteringly joyful, with each
shoutout he gave a taste of what it feels like to have your biggest dreams, the earliest childhood fantasies validated and come to life. The walk-off music only
made it sound more epic.
Tom Hanks, 1994
Once known strictly for comedy, Tom Hanks turned that business right around with his Best Actor win for Philadelphia, portraying a closeted lawyer diagnosed with AIDS. From Hanks' acceptance speech: "Mr.
Rawley Farnsworth, who was my high school drama teacher, who taught me to act well the part, there all the glory lies. And one of my classmates under Mr.
Farnsworth, Mr. John Gilkerson. I mention their names because they are two of the finest gay Americans, two wonderful men that I had the good fortune to be
associated with, to fall under their inspiration at such a young age." The problem? Farnsworth had yet to come out as gay. The blunder later inspired the Kevin
Kline joint, In & Out.
Sally Field, 1985
We've all heard this one: Sally Field, Best Actress winner for Places in the Heart. The
effusive Field on stage accepting the Oscar, blurting: "You like me, you really like me!" But just like Star Wars' "Luke, I am your father" or Jaws' "We're gonna need a bigger boat", the line is a misquote. What Field really said: "I can't deny the
fact that you like me, right now, you like me!" Her line is also a sly reference to her Norma Rae
character (the Academy previously awarded her for the role) but what everyone saw was Field's wildly earnest attitude, ripened for parody.
Adrien Brody, 2003
"I bet they didn't tell you that was in the gift bag," Adrien Brody mused after planting a passionate smooch on Halle Berry as he took the stage for Best Actor in
The Pianist. The Brooklyn bro turned tortured Polish artist then followed up with a long speech
detailing what he learned from the role, including the horrors and price of war. Then, taking his role as a musician one step further, Brody was able to completely
shut down the orchestra, chiding, "Cut it out, cut it out."
Roberto Benigni, 1998
Roberto Benigni won Best Foreign Film for his Holocaust tragicomedy, Life is
Beautiful. The giddy and ecstatic Italian famously hopped on some seats and greeted the crowd, whom he told he wanted to kiss while accepting the statue.
During his speech for his Best Actor win, he remarked, "There must be some terrible mistake! I used up all my English!" When presenting the Best Actress nominee the
following year, Benigni was accompanied by Billy Crystal holding a giant net for restraint.