When Sally Field won best actress for Places in the Heart, she would be remembered as saying “You like me! You really like me!” She actually said something different from that. What she really said was: “I haven’t had an orthodox career, and I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect. 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!” People continue to misquote it and I admit, I am one of the guilty, thus it is one of the most memorable moments for the Oscars.
I remember Jack Palance decided to do a one arm push up after he won best supporting actor at the 64th Annual Oscars for his role in City Slickers. I was only a child when I saw this and wondered if that’s what you did when you won an award. Of course I learned that wasn’t the case when I grew up.
In the year 2000, Angelina Jolie gave us all something to talk about when she and her brother, James Haven shared a kiss after she won the best supporting actress award. That was the kiss seen (and unfortunately could not be unseen) around the world. James later stated that he was just congratulating Angelina. I don’t even have siblings and that made me cringe! It was definitely something you don’t see every day. I’ll never forget the talk afterwards about the French kiss between brother and sister.
Who could forget when Sacha Baron Cohen decided to dump ashes on Ryan Seacrest while talking to him on the red carpet to make a political statement before the 2012 Oscars. He was due to star in The Dictator and was dressed up as such. He stated that the ashes were of Kim Jong II. I understand some people may not like Ryan Seacrest, but everyone out there who saw that had to feel some sort of empathy for Mr. Seacrest. He was calm and patient and didn’t get angry and I admired him for that.
I will always remember the fabulous Jennifer Lawrence taking a spill at the Oscars last year because her dress got under foot and she tripped on it. I can often be a klutz, so I could not help but give a chuckle as I realized that stars can be klutzy too. I did feel bad of course, but the next time I trip on something and feel embarrassed I will remind myself that even stars can fall.
The stars can be quirky, fun and just puzzling sometimes, but they never fail to give us something to talk about before, during and after The Oscars ceremony. I hope that this year is no different and we get more entertaining moments.