A look back at some of the most emotional and memorable moments in Academy Awards history.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
Posted on March 4, 2018, at 12:44 p.m. ET
Host Ellen DeGeneres poses for a selfie taken by Bradley Cooper with (clockwise from left to right) Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o, Angelina Jolie, Peter Nyong'o Jr., and Bradley Cooper during the 86th Academy Awards on March 2, 2014.
Judy Holliday (left) hugs José Ferrer (center) upon hearing the news that Ferrer's performance in Cyrano de Bergerac had earned him the Best Actor award in 1950. Holliday was named as the year's Best Actress. Gloria Swanson (right), who was in contention for the Best Actress award, jumps with joy over Ferrer's success.
Actor Hattie McDaniel shows off her Academy Award from the film Gone With the Wind in 1940.
At the 1973 Academy Awards, Sacheen Littlefeather refuses the Best Actor award on behalf of Marlon Brando, who won for his role in The Godfather. She carries a letter from Brando in which he explains he refused the award in protest of the United States' treatment of Native Americans.
Singer-songwriter Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28, 2016.
Former Oscar winners (from left) Joel Grey, Kevin Kline, Alan Arkin, Christopher Walken, and Cuba Gooding Jr. present the award for Best Supporting Actor, won by the late Heath Ledger, during the 81st Academy Awards on Feb. 22, 2009.
Actor Sidney Poitier holds his Best Actor award for Lilies of the Field at the 36th Academy Awards on April 13, 1964.
A man in a tuxedo presents the Best Actress award to Joan Crawford for her performance in Mildred Pierce as she lies in bed due to illness in 1946.
Charlie Chaplin shows off his honorary Oscar during the 44th Academy Awards on April 10, 1972.
Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in The Revenant at the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28, 2016.
Jennifer Lawrence accidentally trips after winning the Best Actress award for Silver Linings Playbook on Feb. 24, 2013.
La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz holds up the Best Picture envelope, which reads the actual winner, Moonlight, during a mix-up at the 89th Academy Awards on Feb. 26, 2017.
Lupita Nyong'o accepts the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in 12 Years a Slave on March 2, 2014.
Oscar winners Matt Damon and Ben Affleck hold the awards they won for Best Original Screenplay for the film Good Will Hunting during the 70th Academy Awards on March 23, 1998.
A streaker runs before a TV audience of 76 million people moments after the Best Actor award presentation at the 46th Academy Awards on April 2, 1974.
Actors Edmond O'Brien and Grace Kelly celebrate their win on March 30, 1955. O'Brien won Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Barefoot Contessa, while Kelly won Best Actress for her role in the 1954 film The Country Girl.
Halle Berry cries as she accepts the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the film Monster's Ball at the 74th Academy Awards on March 24, 2002. Berry became the first black woman to win Best Actress.
Robin Williams holds his Oscar after winning Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting on March 23, 1998.
Actors Whoopi Goldberg and Denzel Washington at the Academy Awards on March 25, 1991.
Madonna and Michael Jackson arrive at agent Irving "Swifty" Lazar's Oscars party on March 25, 1991.
Host Ellen DeGeneres (center) with actors Brad Pitt (left) and Meryl Streep (right) enjoy slices of pizza at the Oscars on March 2, 2014.
South Park creators Trey Parker (left) and Matt Stone (right) arrive with Marc Shaiman (center), writer of the Oscar-nominated song "Blame Canada" at the 72nd Academy Awards on March 26, 2000.
Actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet attend the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28, 2016.
Actors Charlize Theron (left) and Emily Blunt (right) walk onstage at the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28, 2016.
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