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The biggest event of the year in Hollywood, the Academy Awards, will take place on February 26, 2012. This year, we’ll have a ton of newcomers, from Jonah Hill to Rooney Mara, competing against Oscar veterans, like Meryl Streep. Meryl made history this year, becoming the most-nominated actor ever, with 17 Oscar nominations total.
What we’re getting at is, the 84th Annual Academy Awards is going to be one to remember. From the extravagant dresses to shocking red carpet hookups, Oscar history will be made. And to celebrate, Hollyscoop is rounding up 10 of the most memorable Oscar moments!
Meryl Streep’s First Win: In 1979, Streep made her very first Oscar acceptance speech. She won Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer. Meryl kissed costar Dustin Hoffman, headed for the stage, and said: “Holy Mackerel.”
Brangelina vs. Jennifer Aniston: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made one of their most memorable stunning red carpet moments when they showed up to the 2009 Oscars. But even more eyes were on them as Jennifer Aniston presented an award with Jolie’s Kung Fu Panda costar, Jack Black. As Jen seemed somewhat nervous, scanning the audience, the camera of course cut to Brangelina, who graciously laughed at her flubbed joke and applauded politely.
Bjork’s Bizarre Bird Dress: Bjork is weird. We all know that. But she took her bizarreness to a whole new level when she showed up to the 2001 Oscars red carpet in a swan dress. Designed by Marjan Pejoski, Bjork insisted it was a joke and later said: “I didn’t mean to cause a riot.”
George Clooney’s First Win Clooney won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Syriana. George’s speech confirmed his status as the most charming man in Hollywood. He was relatable, and made it more about the industry and less about himself. Except maybe when he referred to himself as “Oscar winner George Clooney, Sexiest Man Alive 1997.”
Halle Berry Makes History: Halle Berry made history in 2002 after becoming the first Black woman to win a Best Actress Oscar. It was impossible not to shed a tear during Halle’s acceptance speech.
Sally Field: ‘You Really Like Me!’: When she won Best Actress for Places in the Heart in 1985, Field proclaimed: “I can’t deny the fact that you like me! Right now, you like me!” Somehow through the years, that line has been changed to, “You like me! You really like me!” Either way, yes, everyone likes you, Sally Field.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Broment: At the 70th annual Academy Awards, childhood friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won an Oscar for writing Good Will Hunting. Best bro moment ever.
Gwyneth’s Pink Gown: Gwyneth Paltrow won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Shakespeare in Love at the 71st Academy Awards. Her acceptance speech was a tearjerker for sure, but even more memorable was her strappy, pink Ralph Lauren gown.
Trey Parker & Matt Stone Copy J.Lo & Gwyneth: Trey Parker and Matt Stone made headlines when they showed up to the 2000 Oscars dressed in Gwyneth’s iconic pink Oscar dress and J.Lo’s legendary green Versace dress, which she wore to the Grammy Awards that year.
Adrien Brody Steals A Kiss: Adrien Brody was so excited to win Best Actor in 2003, he stole a kiss from presenter Halle Berry. A big kiss. Halle didn’t seem to mind.