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The green screen (2006)
“Tonight, I am presenting the award for excellence in visual effects. Or should I say, thanks to the miracle of green screen technology, my disembodied head is.” This is how Ben Stiller introduced himself at the 2006 Oscars before presenting the award for “Best Achievement in Visual Effects”
The British are coming! (1981)
Although Chariots of Fire is not at the forefront of pop culture like it used to be, it did win seven Oscars in its heyday. As Colin Welland declared upon collecting the Oscar for Best Original Screenprize, “The British are coming!” Not too far from the truth, as British cinema has been a prevalent force over the past 30 years.
I do all my own stunts (2006)
Tripping over your dress with tens of millions of people watching you live from all around the world is probably hard to live down. Jennifer Garner though, collected herself, walked up to the microphone, and calmly informed the crowd, “I do all my own stunts.”
Silence of the Lambs (1992)
Generally speaking scary movies don’t do very well at the Academy Awards. Silence of the Lambs, however, is certainly the outlier of the group. It didn’t win just one award, it actually won all 5. The only other two films to accomplish this are One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and It Happened One Night.
Oscars televised (1953)
Believe it nor not the Oscars weren’t always the huge ordeal they are today. There was a time in the distant past that they were reserved exclusively for Hollywood Royalty. 1953 changed all that with the first Academy Awards telecast. Today they are watched all around the world and the 70th Academy Awards had 57 million viewers tune in.