The Academy Awards are about to be handed out in just a few hours, in just a few hours and there’s no doubt that there will be at least one or two things that everyone will be discussing the next day over the watercooler.
But if you want a look back at some of the memorable moments from Oscar telecasts past, check out the Oscar channel that the Academy has set up over at You Tube. True, most of the clips up are intercut with folks telling you why they’re great (like the David Niven-Streaker incident) or of recent vintage (like the bit from last year with Will Farrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly singing about how comedies are ignored at Oscar time), but it’s nice that they’re making some of this history available.
Hopefully, going forward the Academy will dig deeper into their vault and present a lot more clips from its 80 year history. How great would it be to see acceptance speeches from some of Hollywood’s Golden Era Greats? Heck, I’d love to see some of the stuff I remember from the 1970s, like when Steve Martin came out to present the visual effects award in a blue suit which they then proceeded to superimpose other imagery over. And why not give us host David Letterman’s classic “Uma. Ophra.” bit.
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