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Ah, the Oscars, a time for the crème of the crop celebrities, brilliant fashion and heartfelt speeches. While most actors and actresses thank every single person in their life until the infamous music starts to get louder, some take a slightly different route. Here are the top ten most shocking Oscar speech moments.
10. Cuba Gooding Jr., 1996 Best Supporting Actor for Jerry McGuire
Cuba Gooding Jr. seemed genuinely surprised by his win and was dedicated to thinking everyone on his list. When he approached the stage, he said “I know I only have a little bit of time so I’m going to rush and say everybody and if you cut away I wont be mad at you.” Needless to say, the music did cut him off.
9. Stanley Donen, 1997 Honorary Oscar
Stanley Donen, who co-directed Singin' in the Rain, appropriately busted out in song and dance while receiving his Honorary Oscar.
8. Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999 Best Actress for Shakespeare in Love
Gwyneth Paltrow couldn’t stop crying during her acceptance speech as she thanked seemingly every person she knew.
7. Three 6 Mafia, 2006 Best Original Song for “It’s Hard out there for a Pimp”
The men of Three 6 Mafia broke dress code at the Oscars as they walked on stage in jeans, oversized jackets and flattop hats. The rap artists shocked but invigorated the audience with their brief and fitting speech.
6. Luc Jacquet and Yves Darondeau, 2006 Best Documentary for March of the Penguins
Both men waived stuffed penguins in the air as they walked on stage. Luc Jacquet then proceeded to whistle into the microphone. “It means thank you in penguin,” he said.
5. Tilda Swinton, 2008 Best Supporting Actress for Michael Clayton
Swinton held up the statue as she described her agent, saying, “I have an American agent who is the spitting image of this. Really, truly. The same shaped head and, it has to be said, the buttocks.”
4. Aaron Sorkin, 2011 Best Adapted Screenplay for The Social Network
Sorkin directed his Oscar speech to his daughter, saying, “'Roxy Sorkin, your father just won the Academy Award. I'm gonna have to insist on some respect from your guinea pig.''
3. Anna Paquin, 1994 Best Supporting Actress for The Piano
At 11-years-old, Anna Paquin had one of the most genuine reactions in Oscar history. When her name was announced, the young girl, mouth agape, walked up to the microphone and paused to breath heavily for a good 30 seconds before beginning her speech.
2. Jack Palance, 1992 Best Supporting Actor for City Slickers
The first words out of Jack Palance’s mouth were, “Billy Crystal-I crap bigger than him.” He then proceeded to do one-armed push-ups on stage.
1. Michael Moore, 2003 Best Documentary Feature for Bowling for Columbine
Moore brought all of the nominees from the Best Documentary Feature category on stage with him to criticize “fictional elections.” Moore was applauded loudly at first, until he start shouting, “shame on you Bush” repeatedly while looking directly at the camera.