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Halle Berry accepts a Best Actress Oscar for Monsters Ball in 2001. - Provided courtesy of Oscar.com
02/27/2014

Throughout this Oscar season, we are looking back at some of the most memorable moments and speeches in Academy Awards history.

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02/01/2013
Halle Berry accepts a Best Actress Oscar for Monsters Ball in 2001. - Provided courtesy of Oscar.com

Throughout this Oscar season, we are looking back at some of the great moments in Academy Awards history. At the 74th Academy Awards in 2002, actress Halle Berry became the first black woman to win an Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role, given for her part in "Monster's Ball."

It marked Berry's first Academy Award win overall. Actor Russell Crowe presented her with the Oscar. Berry was married to second husband Eric Benet at the time. The two divorced in 2005. In her Oscar speech, she thanks everyone from her family, to her representatives and the film producers to ... Oprah Winfrey. Check out the full text of her speech below.

01/31/2013
Billy Crystal appears in a photo from an unforgettable entrance of the 64th annual Academy Awards. - Provided courtesy of Academy Awards / OTRC Videos

Throughout this Oscar season, we are looking back at some of the great moments in Academy Awards history. At the 64th Academy Awards in 1992, Billy Crystal opened the ceremony dressed as a special guest&muzzle and all.

The comedian was wheeled out on a gurney on stage by two men in doctor's coats wearing a muzzle like Hannibal Lecter while music from the film "Silence of the Lambs" played in the background.

01/29/2013
David Nevin is interupted at the 46th Academy Awards in 1974 by a streaking Robert Opel. - Provided courtesy of Oscar.com

Throughout this Oscar season, we are looking back at some of the great moments in Academy Awards history. At the 46th Academy Awards in 1974, actor David Niven was interrupted when introducing Elizabeth Taylor, who was set to present the Oscar for "Best Picture," when a streaker ran across the stage.

The audience erupted into roaring laughter while Niven remained un-phased. The British actor deadpanned, "Well, ladies and gentlemen, that was almost bound to happen. But isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?"

01/11/2013
Satchee, an American Indian, accepted Marlon Brandos award for The Godfather in a very memorable way - by declining it. - Provided courtesy of OTRC / Academy Awards

Throughout this Oscar season, we are looking back at some of the great moments in Academy Awards history. At the 45th Academy Awards in March 1973, Sacheen Cruz Littlefeather stepped in to refuse Marlon Brando's Oscar for Best Actor for his role in "The Godfather."

01/24/2013
Director Oliver Stone appears in a scene from his Oscar speech when he won for his film Platoon. - Provided courtesy of Academy Awards / OTRC Video

Throughout this Oscar season, we are looking back at some of the great moments in Academy Awards history. At the 59th Academy Awards in 1986, actress Elizabeth Taylor presented Oliver Stone with the Oscar for Directing for his film "Platoon."

This was his second Academy Award and the first he earned for his work as a director.

01/22/2013
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon appear in an enthusiastic speech for their win in Good Will Hunting at the Academy Awards. - Provided courtesy of Academy Awards / OTRC Videos

Throughout this Oscar season, we are looking back at some of the great moments in Oscar history. At the 70th Oscars in 1998, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for their 1997 drama "Good Will Hunting."

The film centered around Boston native Will Hunting, portrayed by Damon, who is a 20-year-old genius forced to study math and labor to get by and avoid jail time. Hunting sees a therapist, portrayed by Robin Williams, and re-evaluates the key relationships in his life with his best friend who is portrayed by Affleck, and his girlfriend who is portrayed by Minnie Driver.

01/30/2012
Steven Spielberg accepts an Oscar award for Best Director for Saving Private Ryan in 1999. - Provided courtesy of Oscar.com

Throughout this Oscar season, we are looking back at some of the great moments in the history of the awards. At the 71st Oscars in 1999, Steven Spielberg won the Oscar for Best Director for his war drama "Saving Private Ryan," which he said was an "extraordinary moment" in his life.

The film is a recreation of World War II's D-day invasion, and what resulted immediately afterward. Tom Hanks starred in the film as Captain John Miller, who leads his squad on a mission to bring home Private James Ryan, who is played by Matt Damon.

01/13/2013
Anna Paquin, seen here at age 11, gives a speech accepting an Oscar for her role in The Piano at the 66th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 21, 1994. - Provided courtesy of OTRC / Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Throughout this Oscar season, we are looking back at some of the great moments in Academy Awards history. At the 66th Academy Awards in 1994, Anna Paquin, then just 11 years old, won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the daughter of a mute pianist in "The Piano," becoming the second youngest winner in history.

The actress, who was born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, would go on to play Sookie Stackhouse in the HBO vampire series "True Blood" and the mutant Rogue in the "X-Men" films, starting in 2000.

01/11/2013
Sally Field accepts her Oscar for Places in the Heart in 1984. - Provided courtesy of Oscar.com

Throughout this Oscar season, we are looking back at some of the great moments in Oscar history. At the 57th Oscars on March 25, 1985, actress Sally Field learned the Academy liked her.

The actress won her second Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in "Places in the Heart" at the ceremony and went on to deliver one of the most misquoted statements in pop culture history.

01/11/2013
Bob Hope was upstaged at the 34th Academy Awards in 1961 by the worlds greatest gate crasher. - Provided courtesy of Oscar.com

Throughout this Oscar season, we are looking back at some of the great moments in Academy Awards history. At the 34th Academy Awards in April 1961, "the world's greatest gatecrasher" surprised host Bob Hope.

The 34th Academy Awards were hosted for the seventh time by Hope. During the ceremony, a New York City cab driver named Stan Berman managed to slip by 125 police guards to award Bob Hope with a homemade Oscar.

01/11/2013
Vanessa Redgrave accepts a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Julia in 1977. - Provided courtesy of Oscar.com

Throughout this Oscar season, we are looking back at some of the great moments in Academy Awards history. At the 50th Academy Awards in 1978, Vanessa Redgrave delivered a controversial speech when accepting the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Julia" as an anti-Nazi activist.

The Jewish Defense League objected to her nomination and picketed the Oscar ceremony because Redgrave had narrated and helped fund a documentary entitled "The Palestinian," which supported a Palestinian state.

01/11/2013
Barbra Streisand accepts a Best Actress Oscar for Funny Girl. - Provided courtesy of Oscar.com

Throughout this Oscar season, we are looking back at some of the great moments in Academy Awards history. At the 41st Academy Awards in April 1969, Oscar history was made when Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn tied in the Best Actress category, the first time a tie had been declared in any female acting category and the second instance of a tie in all of Oscar history.

01/13/2013
Cuba Gooding Jr. enthusiastically accepted his award for Jerry Maguire at the Academy Awards. - Provided courtesy of Academy Awards / OTRC Videos

Throughout this Oscar season, we are looking back at some of the great moments in Academy Awards history. At the 69th Academy Awards in 1997, Cuba Gooding Jr. won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the 1996 romantic comedy-drama, "Jerry Maguire."

The film stars Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire, a sports agent who is fired for expressing his unfavorable opinion, and Gooding Jr. who portrays an arrogant and overconfident football player. Cruise continues his career as an independent, with Gooding's character, Rod Tidwell, being one of the few that stays by his side.

01/25/2012
Tom Hanks appears in a photo from the Academy Awards during his unforgettable speech when he recieved an award for Philadelphia. - Provided courtesy of Academy Awards / OTRC Videos

Throughout this Oscar season, we are looking back at some of the great moments in Academy Awards history. At the 66th Academy Awards in 1994, Tom Hanks won his first Oscar for his role in "Philadelphia" as Andrew Beckett, a gay lawyer who sues his former law firm for discrimination once it comes to light that he has AIDS.

During his acceptance speech, Hanks thanked his high school drama teacher Rawley Farnsworth and former classmate John Gilkerson.

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