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Oscars most shocking moments

Cher, Adrien Brody, and more stars haven't been held back during film's biggest night: the Oscars. From a stand-in to a streaker, the Academy Awards telecast is seldom short on drama -- or comedy.

1968: A best-actress tie

It was a true Oscar surprise when there
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It was a true Oscar surprise when there was a tie for 1968's best actress: Barbra Streisand, pictured, for "Funny Girl," and Katharine Hepburn for "The Lion in Winter."

1973: Marlon Brando refuses his best actor award

Liv Ullmann and Roger Moore looked on in
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Liv Ullmann and Roger Moore looked on in amazement when Sacheen Littlefeather showed up at the 1973 Oscar ceremony to announce that Marlon Brando was refusing his best actor award for "The Godfather" because of Hollywood's unfair treatment of American Indians on screen.

1974: Streaker surprise

David Niven didn't let the surprise appearance by
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David Niven didn't let the surprise appearance by a streaker throw him at the 1974 Oscar telecast. He remarked: "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?"

1975: Louise Fletcher signs her acceptance speech

When Louise Fletcher won the best actress Oscar
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When Louise Fletcher won the best actress Oscar for the 1975 drama "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," she delivered her acceptance speech in sign language. Her touching gesture was for her deaf parents.

1977: Vanessa Redgrave's politically charged speech

What's an Oscars ceremony without a little controversy?
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What's an Oscars ceremony without a little controversy? Vanessa Redgrave provided plenty during her politically charged speech when she accepted her supporting actress Oscar for the 1977 film "Julia."

1987: Cher's show-stopping look

Don Ameche may have been more surprised about
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Don Ameche may have been more surprised about what Cher was wearing than about winning an Oscar for "Cocoon" when she presented his award at the 1987 ceremony.

1989: A 'Snow White' embarrassment

Someday her prince will come, but it wasn't
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Someday her prince will come, but it wasn't this day when Rob Lowe crooned a tune to Snow White, played by Eileen Bowman, at the 1989 Oscars. Thanks to that number, The New York Times noted that the show had earned "a permanent place in the annals of Oscar embarrassments."

1991: Jack Palance's pushups

As if winning an Oscar for the 1991
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As if winning an Oscar for the 1991 comedy "City Slickers" wasn't enough of a feat, Jack Palance showed off by doing one-armed pushups when he accepted his supporting actor award.

1998: Roberto Benigni, all over the chairs

Director Roberto Benigni was walking on air --
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Director Roberto Benigni was walking on air -- and all over the chairs -- after hearing that his film "Life Is Beautiful" won the foreign-language film Oscar at the 1998 ceremony. He was up on his feet again when he won for best actor.

2002: Adrien Brody kisses Halle Berry

Halle Berry sure wasn't expecting a great big
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Halle Berry sure wasn't expecting a great big kiss from Adrien Brody when he came up to accept his best actor award for the 2002 drama "The Pianist."

2010: Melissa Leo curses

No one was probably more surprised about what
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No one was probably more surprised about what came out of Melissa Leo's mouth than the actress herself when she let a profanity slip during her acceptance speech for 2010's "The Fighter."

2013: Shirley Bassey stuns

Shirley Bassey stopped the show at the 2013
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Shirley Bassey stopped the show at the 2013 Oscar telecast with her glowing rendition of "Goldfinger."

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