Angelina Jolie received her first Oscar for her role in "Girl, Interrupted" back in 2000. In her winning speech, she spontaneously declared her love for her brother, something that confused most of the audience.
The actress Halle Berry has claimed that giving her winning speech at the 2002 "Academy Awards" was one of the most embarrassing moments of her life. Nevertheless, she received a standing ovation from everyone in the audience as she was the first ever African American actress to win an Oscar.
Sean Penn received an Oscar for playing the gay politician Harvey Milk in the movie "Milk". Before leaving the stage he stated, "if there is anyone out there still against gay marriage, this is the perfect oppourtunity to change your mind!"
Host of the 2007 Oscar Award Ceremony, Ellen DeGeneres, gave some great tips for potential future Oscar winners: "Tell them that you're from the Bronx, or that you grew up living in a car. They love stuff like that!"
Sacha Baren Cohen is never one to do things in a subtle fashion. He even dressed up as "Aladeen", the bearded dictator, to promote his new movie "The Dictator". He carried a golden urn with him, which he claimed contained the remains of Kim Jong II.
Jerry Lewis hosted the Oscars for the third time in 1959. Unfortunately for him, the ceremony ended 20 minutes early. Lewis had to to find a way to fill the gap, so the comedian started singing "There's No Business Like Show Business".
Almost all of the winners keep their speeches to about 45 seconds, but not Julia Roberts. In 2001 she specifically told the orchestra not to start playing until she had finished her speech, wanting to savour every moment of it.
Michael Moore recieved an Oscar for his documentary "Bowling in Columbine" back in 2003. He had a very important message for the audience during his winning speech: "We are against this war Mr. Bush! Shame on you! Shame on you!". He kept saying this phrase before he was finally overpowered by the orchestra.
Marlon Brando won an Oscar for his role in "The Godfather" back in 1973. Surprisingly though, Brando refused to accept the award and chose not to attend the ceremony. Instead, he sent a representative, tasked with raising awareness about the unfair treatment of Native Americans in the USA.
Gwyneth Paltrow had a crying fit during the 1998 Oscar ceremony. She returned 4 years later wearing the dress in the photograph. Somebody call the fashion police!