David Niven's reaction to a streaker's "shortcomings." Björk's swan dress. Snow White dancing with prince not-so-charming Rob Lowe. Those Oscar moments are so last century.
Academy Awards telecasts of the new millennium have kept up the tradition of producing those water cooler moments -- from the marvelous to the mortifying -- that keep viewers coming back each year.
A BERRY GOOD YEAR
Diversity was alive and well at the 2001 awards when "Monster's Ball" star Halle Berry became the first black best actress to win an Oscar for a leading role. And with Denzel Washington's win for "Training Day," it marked the only time African-American performers took both of the top acting prizes.
In 2002, eccentric director Woody Allen received a standing ovation when he made his sole appearance at the Oscars. The occasion: In the wake of 9/11, he introduced a clipfest called "A Love Letter to New York in the Movies."
STEALING A KISS
"The Pianist" star Adrien Brody was a little too keyed up when he accepted his best actor Oscar in 2003. He planted a big, fat smooch square on the lips of presenter Halle Berry, then said to her, "I bet they didn't tell you that [kiss] was in the gift bag."
KATHRYN THE GREAT
In 2009, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the best director award. Adding to the historic moment: The award was presented to her by Barbra Streisand, who has never been nominated for her directorial efforts.
DIAMONDS AREN'T A BOY'S BEST FRIEND
For the 2011 Oscars, producers thought host Anne Hathaway and James Franco would draw a younger audience. But a gag with Franco dressed in a blond wig and hot pink gown a la Marilyn Monroe in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" was more bomb than bombshell.
CURSE YOU, MELISSA LEO
The actress, who won a supporting actress award for "The Fighter" in 2011, delivered a speech that was hardly a knockout. After thanking several people, she let the heavyweight champion of expletives slip out.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
John Travolta created quite a stir at last year's Oscarcast when he introduced Syosset native Idina Menzel as "Adele Dazeem" before she performed "Let It Go" from "Frozen." Twitter followers had a field day, but even a year later, Menzel may be the only person to have let it go.