Top Ten Craziest Oscar Moments of All Time

The 84th Annual Oscar Nominations have been announced and while some of us will watch for the touching moments, there will be a handful of us just hoping something outrageous will go down on the red carpet, or better yet, on stage!

Take a look back at the Top Ten Craziest Oscar Moments of All Time!


10. Quentin Tarantino Spits on Chris Connelly



Where does all of the action begin? On the red carpet, of course. And with a wildcard like Quentin Tarantino around, there is no telling what will happen.

But in this case, it was spit on MTV’s Chris Connelly.

At the 69th Annual Academy Awards, Quentin heard Connelly say something about Quentin’s biological father and mistakenly believed he edited a piece about his estranged dad in Premiere Magazine. Tarantino then moved the lovely Mira Sorvino out of the way, gathered all the loogie he could, and used his entire body to project said loogie at Connelly.

Tarantino and Sorvino merrily made their way down the red carpet afterwards.


9. Matt Stone and Trey Parker dressed up as Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez



Anyone familiar with the show South Park knows there is no line writers Matt Stone and Trey Parker won’t cross (except showing the face of Muhammad). And before these two partners in crime even showed up at the Academy Awards, they were already stirring up controversy with the lyrics to their Best Original Song nominee “Blame Canada.”

But upon their arrival, Matt and Trey decided to reach back for some magic from red carpet past by wearing Jennifer Lopez’s infamous 2000 green GRAMMYs dress and Gwyneth Paltrow’s 1999 baby pink gown.

It couldn’t have been that bad. Joan Rivers seemed to like them.


8. Rob Lowe sings with Snow White


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Just how bad was it? Well this infamous opening number to the 1989 Academy Awards, which featured Snow White singing with Rob Lowe, killed the career of show producer Allen Carr.

It was so bad that after the show, Julie Andrews, Paul Newman, Gregory Peck, Billy Wilder, Sidney Lumet and twelve other luminaries wrote a public letter complaining about the show.

At least Rob Lowe landed on his feet. From what we hear, Parks and Recreation is doing very well.


7. Roberto Benigni Crowd Surfs


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When a nominee hears they have won an Oscar, they typically make their way to the stage and pray they don’t snag their toe on some carpet of trip up on a step.

Not the case for Roberto Benigni. When the Italian actor/director accepted the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, he bypassed the normal route of travel and climbed over the seats in front of him as cheers erupted from the crowd.

Definitely better than an onstage face plant.


6.Sacheen Littlefeather refuses Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando


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When receiving an Oscar, some choose to thank God, their family, friends, cast, crew, etc.

That wasn’t the case for Marlon Brando when he won Best Actor for his role in The Godfather. Instead, he declined the honor and let Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather speak on his behalf in order to shed light on the ill treatment of Native Americans by the film industry.

A bold move that was met with mixed reactions from the crowd.


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5. Jack Palance Does Push Ups Because He’s Jacked


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After receiving the award for Best Supporting Actor as a part of City Slickers, Jack Palance didn’t want anyone to think the younger members of the cast could get the better of him.

After mocking Billy Crystal’s size by saying “I crap bigger than him,” Palance hit the deck for some one armed push ups.

Take that, Billy.


4.Vanessa Redgrave Speaks Out Against ‘Zionist Hoodlums’



When Redgrave was nominated for and won an Oscar in 1978 for her role in Julia. Members of the Jewish Defense League, led by Rabbi Meir Kahane, burned effigies of Redgrave and picketed the Academy Awards ceremony to protest against both Redgrave and her support of the Palestinian cause.

In retaliation, Redgrave used her moment at the podium to pay tribute to those who stood up to those “Zionist Hoodlums.”

Oscar presenter Paddy Chayefsky retorted wit ha lengthy statement of his own, declaring that he was sick and tired of people exploiting the Academy Awards to spread their own propaganda and that a simple “Thank you” would suffice.


3. Michael Moore and Our Fictitious President



Michael Moore received the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for Bowling for Columbine. Instead of thanking mom, he decided to get political (against the almost twenty-five year wish of Paddy Chayefsky).

Moore, with his fellow documentarians by his side, called out our “fictitious President” and questioned him about our “fictitious war.”

There were cheers, there were boos, and the orchestra decided Moore’s time on stage was over before he could get his final thoughts in.


2. Adrien Brody Lays a Big Wet One on Halle Berry



There are two things many men will never get to do in their lifetime. One of them is win an Oscar. The other is kiss Halle Berry.

Adrien Brody did both in a mater of moments.

Brody become the youngest man ever to the Academy Award for Best Actor (for The Pianist) and celebrated with a quick make out session with Halle Berry.

Hey, Adrien. All of America’s fathers were proud of you at that very moment.


1. Hey, David Niven! We’re going streaking!



The Oscars usually brings out the best or worst in regards to clothing. But that wasn’t the case in 1974 at the 46th Annual Academy Awards when a man streaked across the stage in his birthday suit during co-host David Niven’s introduction of Elizabeth Taylor.

The crowd lost it. David Niven held it together like a true professional. Memories were made… for better or worse, depending on your stance towards nudity.


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