The Oscars are always filled with snubs and surprises, so it’s never a shock when something ~dramatic~ happens during the awards show. Who can forget when Jennifer Lawrence tripped on stage? Or when John Travolta mispronounced Idina Menzel’s name? Of course, those viral moments will stay in our memories forever.
The Academy Awards honor actors and actresses in the film industry, and when the winners are called on stage, they receive a golden statue — which is officially called the Academy Award of Merit, a.k.a. an Oscar. The prestigious event never disappoints as the fashion is always on point in addition to the A-listers in attendance. Naturally, big stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt or Charlize Theron are always in the audience.
To top it all off, the celebrities can’t help but gush over working with their costars or directors. Sometimes, they will go off-script and say something hilarious and unexpected. “Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?” Sandra Bullock said in 2010 after she won for The Blind Side.
Even though Meryl Streep holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor, she is still humble. “When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, ‘Oh, no. Come on. Her, again?’ You know,” she joked on stage in 2012.
What about when Sally Field got emotional after winning the award for Place in the Heart? “The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time, I feel it, and I can’t deny the fact that you like me. Right now, you like me!” she exclaimed to the crowd.
The 2022 Oscars will give an even bigger nod to the film industry thanks to Will Packer, who is producing the A-list event. “To be here helming Hollywood’s biggest night is quite an honor,” the St. Pete native told WTSP News. “It means everything.”
“The Oscars for too long have felt like it’s just this kind of insider event and not an entertainment event for movie lovers everywhere,” the Girls Trip producer said. “It’s felt like it was for Hollywood by Hollywood, and ‘we’re the cool kids and you guys aren’t invited.’ But that’s not how I feel like we should be approaching this,” he continued.
Will said he hopes his rise to the top will inspire others and show them what’s possible with some hard work and grit. “Representation matters.”
Scroll through the gallery below to see the most memorable moments from previous Oscar ceremonies.
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