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Top 10 Oscar Moments of All Time
Betty's favorite moments from the Academy Awards
The Oscars are a national holiday in Los Angeles. Glittery gold gifts, Champagne until dawn and costumes beyond your wildest imagination. It's like Christmas, New Year's and Halloween all rolled into one.
In honor of this fairytale day in the La La Land of Make Believe, we've picked Betty's 10 Most Memorable Academy Awards Moments. (Plus classic clips, ooh la la!)
And the Oscar goes to ...
1. Charlie Chaplin, 1972
After a 20 year, McCarthy-related banishment, Chaplin returned to the U.S. in 1972 to receive an honorary Oscar. The standing ovation, his teary gaze into the audience and his poignantly brief acceptance speech, "Thank you for the honor of inviting me here, oh you're wonderful, sweet people, thank you," move us beyond words. Just as Chaplin would have liked.
2. The Oscar Streaker & David Niven, 1974
Streaking was such a huge fad in the ‘70s that it even made its way to the Oscar stage. You know what was another big fad in the ‘70s? Moustaches. And they're making a comeback. I'm just saying.
Speaking of comebacks, presenter David Niven has one of the best of all time, quickly improvising, "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." Diss!
3. Sally Field, 1985
If you watch carefully you'll see the maligned Sally Field is often misquoted - but the narcissism sentiment is still the same.
4. Jack Palance, 1992
Upon winning a trophy for City Slickers, the salty Palance executed a set of one-armed push-ups on the Oscar stage, proving his virility once and for all. (He also reminded Billy Crystal that he "craps bigger than him," which proves something else entirely).
5. Roberto Benigni, 1999
We're divided on whether Benigni's (pre-Tom Cruise) chair hopping counts as an Oscar best or worst. But we'll go Champagne glass half-full on this one, and give his giddiness about winning a statue for Life is Beautiful it's beautiful due.
6. Bjork, 2001
That swan dress was such a party fowl. Oh come on, we had to say it.
7. Halle Berry, 2002
While there was some debate on whether Berry's performance in Monster's Ball was truly worthy of the Oscar, there was no debate about what this moment meant to history. As the first black woman to win Best Actress, Berry was overcome by that moment, marking its occasion with honest emotion that is forever etched in our memories.
8. Adrien Brody, 2003
After hearing his name called for The Pianist, Brody swooped an unsuspecting Halle Berry into his arms for a dramatic Hollywood smooch. Then quipped, "I bet they didn't tell you that was in the gift bag."
9. Steve Martin, 2003
Michael Moore won best documentary for Columbine in 2003, then delivered an impassioned and scathing rebuke of President Bush. Martin, brilliant as always, returned from the commercial break with the best joke of the night. (Which I wouldn't dream of spoiling for you - watch and enjoy for yourself!)
10. Jon Stewart, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, 2008
We knew Jon Stewart was hilarious, but he also proved his class last year. When Hansard and Irglova won for best original song for the film Once, Hansard delivered one of the most humble, gracious Oscar speeches in recent memory. Stewart quipped, "Wow, that guy is so arrogant," to the audience's delayed - then delighted laughter. But poor Marketa got cut off by the orchestra before she had a chance to speak. So Stewart brought her back later in the show, allowing her to deliver a speech full of endearing hope.
Kind of what this whole Oscar thing is supposed to be about.
What's your favorite Oscar moment?
The appearance is like a tiny human doll with long hair and appears to be alive. It is usually described as a mythical creature and some say the Jenglot was actually a human body. A jenglot is a type of mysterious creature or vampire in Indonesian and Malaysian culture and mythology.
Jenglot is a small human-like creature, usually around 10-15cm with long nails. The hair on its head is said to be able to grow over time. The face of a jenglot is shaped like a skeleton or a zombie. This creature has been found with joined feet, which makes it look like a mermaid.
Jenglots are mostly found by native psychics after they have performed a supernatural ceremony. Jenglot is a mystical creature found in Indonesia, especially in Java. Jenglots can be found everywhere, from under the ground, on a wrecked house roof, and even in the trunk of a huge tree.
Jenglot keepers feed their creature with blood, either animal blood (goat) or human blood. A person who feeds the creature with human blood buys the blood legally from the Indonesian Red Cross. The jenglot is said to not drink the blood directly. The person places the jenglot near the blood, but the jenglot doesn’t even move or touch the blood. It is said that the jenglot will get the nutrients of the blood in their own way.
This picture is a Fiji Mermaid. I’m not going to describe it to you because you can see clearly here how it looks like. I also have no idea about how old it is.
What’s on your mind if I mention Tuyul? Yup, you’re right. Tuyul is described as a tiny creature. This ghost is used to steal money and then given to the boss as the caretaker. The boss must run some ritual to make its activity running smoothly. My grandpa says that it likes to play with turtles. All you have to do just put the turtles let it plays and you can caught Tuyul easily. It isn’t that easy I think.
World's Smallest Baby : Amillia Taylor was born at 21 weeks and six days. No baby born at less than 23 weeks gestation had ever survived, but 10 ounce Amillia was able to pull through (and even was trying to breath and cry on her own at birth). Hospitals had initially hoped to release her yesterday, but decided to keep the now healthy baby a few extra days for observation.
Her mother doesn't mind the wait, she's just proud and happy that Amillia is healthy: "Even though she's only four pounds (1.8 kilos) now, she's plump to me."
Frog-like Baby : this bizarre-looking baby was born in Charikot, the headquarters of Dolakha district, attracting a huge number of onlookers to witness the astonishing sight.
The neck-less baby with its head almost totally sunk into the upper part of the body and with extraordinarily large eyeballs literally popping out of the eye-sockets, was born to Nir Bahadur Karki and Suntali Karki at the Gaurishnkar Hospital in Charikot. The Karki couple is a permanent resident of Dolakha's Bhirkot VDC.
The bizarre baby, however, died after half an hour of its birth, Suntali, the mother, informed. It was taken to the hospital after its death. The news about such a baby being brought to the hospital spread like wildfire and there were hundreds gathered at the hospital to have a look. The police had to be deployed to control the crowd.
The baby weighed 2kg at birth and was born after the normal nine-month gestation period. Suntali, already a mother of two normal daughters, was not suffering from any illness during the pregnancy. Nir Bahadur, the father, says he does not feel any remorse for the newly-born baby's death. "I am happy that nothing happened to my wife," he said.
Note : The baby has a condition called anencephaly, a neural tube defect (like the cyclops baby), with no proper brain formation. The baby would have died a few days later. That's why women are advised to take folate in early pregnancy.
Born with 17 pounds : A Siberian woman who gave birth on 2007 to her 12th child was stunned to find that little Nadia weighed in at a massive 17.1 lb (7.75kg). "We were all simply in shock," said Nadia's mother, Tatyana Barabanova, 43. "What did the father say? He couldn't say a thing - he just stood there blinking." "I ate everything, we don't have the money for special foods so I just ate potatoes, noodles and tomatoes," she told the reporter, adding that all her previous babies had weighed more than 5 kg.
BOY dad Alfie Patten yesterday admitted he does not know how much nappies cost — but said: “I think it’s a lot.”
BOY dad Alfie Patten yesterday admitted he does not know how much nappies cost — but said: “I think it’s a lot.”
Baby-faced Alfie, who is 13 but looks more like eight, became a father four days ago when his girlfriend Chantelle Steadman gave birth to 7lb 3oz Maisie Roxanne.
He told how he and Chantelle, 15, decided against an abortion after discovering she was pregnant.
The shy lad, whose voice has not yet broken, said: “I thought it would be good to have a baby.
“I didn’t think about how we would afford it. I don’t really get pocket money. My dad sometimes gives me £10.”
Alfie, who is just 4ft tall, added: “When my mum found out, I thought I was going to get in trouble. We wanted to have the baby but were worried how people would react.
“I didn’t know what it would be like to be a dad. I will be good, though, and care for it.”
Alfie's story, broken exclusively by The Sun today has sparked a huge political storm with Tory leader David Cameron saying: "When I saw these pictures this morning, I just thought how worrying that in Britain today children are having children.
"I hope that somehow these children grow up into responsible parents but the truth is parenthood is just not something they should be thinking about right now."
PM Gordon Brown refused to comment directly on the story but said it was important that the Government did all it could to prevent teenage pregnancies.
Alfie’s dad Dennis yesterday told how the lad does not really understand the enormity of his situation — but seemed desperate to be a devoted and responsible father.
He wanted to be the first to hold Maisie after the hospital birth. He tenderly kisses the baby and gives her a bottle.
And Dennis, 45, said: “He could have shrugged his shoulders and sat at home on his Playstation. But he has been at the hospital every day.”
Maisie was conceived after Chantelle and Alfie — just 12 at the time — had a single night of unprotected sex.
They found out about the baby when Chantelle was 12 weeks pregnant.
But they kept it a secret until six weeks later when Chantelle’s mum Penny, 38, became suspicious about her weight gain and confronted her.
After that Alfie’s family told only those closest to them for fear he would be “demonised” at school.
Chantelle gave birth to Maisie on Monday night after a five-hour labour at Eastbourne Hospital, East Sussex.
Last night she told The Sun: “I’m tired after the birth. I was nervous after going into labour but otherwise I was quite excited.”
Chantelle told how she discovered she was expecting after going to her GP with “really bad” stomach pains. She said: “Me and Alfie went. The doctor asked me whether we had sex. I said yes and he said I should do a pregnancy test. He did the test and said I was pregnant. I started crying and didn’t know what to do.
“He said I should tell my mum but I was too scared.
“We didn’t think we would need help from our parents. You don’t really think about that when you find out you are pregnant. You just think your parents will kill you.”
But Penny figured out what was going on after buying Chantelle a T-shirt which revealed her swelling tum.
Chantelle admitted she and Alfie — who are both being supported by their parents — would be accused of being grossly irresponsible. She said: “We know we made a mistake but I wouldn’t change it now. We will be good loving parents.
“I have started a church course and I am going to do work experience helping other young mums.
“I’ll be a great mum and Alfie will be a great dad.”
Chantelle and Maisie were released from hospital yesterday. They are living with Penny, Chantelle’s jobless dad Steve, 43, and her five brothers in a rented council house in Eastbourne. The family live on benefits. Alfie, who lives on an estate across town with mum Nicola, 43, spends most of his time at the Steadmans’ house.
He is allowed to stay overnight and even has a school uniform there so he can go straight to his classes in the morning.
Alfie’s dad, who is separated from Nicola, believes the lad is scared deep down.
He said: “Everyone is telling him things and it’s going round in his head. It hasn’t really dawned on him. He hasn’t got a clue of what the baby means and can’t explain how he feels. All he knows is mum and dad will help.
“When you mention money his eyes look away. And she is reliant on her mum and dad. It’s crazy. They have no idea what lies ahead.”
Dennis, who works for a vehicle recovery firm, described Alfie as “a typical 13-year-old boy”.
He said: “He loves computer games, boxing and Manchester United.” Dennis, who has fathered nine kids, told how he was “gobsmacked” when he discovered Alfie was to be a dad, too.
He said: “When I spoke to him he started crying. He said it was the first time he’d had sex, that he didn’t know what he was doing and of the complications that could come.
“I will talk to him again and it will be the birds and the bees talk. Some may say it’s too late but he needs to understand so there is not another baby.”
Chantelle’s mum said: “I told her it was lovely to have the baby but I wish it was in different circumstances. We have five children already so it’s a big financial responsibility. But we are a family and will pull together and get through.
“She’s my daughter. I love her and she will want for nothing.”
Last night Michaela Aston, of the anti-abortion Christian charity LIFE, said: “We commend these teenagers for their courage in bringing their child into the world.
“At the same time this is symptomatic of the over-sexualisation of our youngsters and shows the policy of value-free sex education just isn’t working.”
Today Sussex Police and the local council's children services said they have investigated the case and pledged continued support for the young parents.
Britain’s youngest known father is Sean Stewart. He became a dad at 12 when the girl next door, 15-year-old Emma Webster, gave birth in Sharnbrook, Bedford, in 1998. They split six months later.
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