The Moments From Oscars Past That Still Bring Us Joy

From that La La Land whoopsie and a little Parasite irony to some truly beautiful acceptance speeches.


La La Land Hoopla at the 2017 Oscars

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La La Land Hoopla at the 2017 Oscars
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The bedlam that broke out once it was clear that Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty had announced the wrong Best Picture winner at the 2017 Oscars is the reason that I watch live TV. What gorgeous chaos! It felt like time itself had been temporarily hijacked because a legendary actor just…made shit up. I know people are very sensitive about this, and felt that Moonlight, a Black queer movie, had been deprived of its moment. (Adding insult to injury was the La La Land producer Fred Berger, the third to deliver a speech on his losing movie’s behalf, who was fully aware of the mistake when he took the mic.)

But I don’t know... think about all the Best Picture winners that have been forgotten as films, which means their winning moments are even less remembered (when’s the last time you thought about Million Dollar Baby or Dances with Wolves?). Moonlight’s win will never be forgotten! It’s an iconic moment! Plus, all the movies that lose the trophy do so in an implicit manner—their names aren’t called, and the loss is easily swept under the rug. It’s an honor to be nominated, but La La Land is the only Best Picture loser to have its cast and crew brought to the stage so that it could lose in front of the entire world. Incredible. Fuck that movie! —Rich Juzwiak

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