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The Academy Awards have a long history of outrageous and funny moments. Here are some of the most memorable…

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A is for Angelina Jolie claiming to be “so in love” with her brother during her Girl, Interrupte­d

Best Supporting Actress acceptance speech.

B is for Marlon Brando declining his Best Actor Oscar for The Godfather, as a protest against Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans.

C is for Cher’s unforgetta­ble Bob Mackie showgirl dress, complete with feather headpiece and jewelencru­sted bra.

D is for the duet of Shallow by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga (we cried). E is for “envelope-gate”, when La La Land and Moonlight were mixed up for Best Picture.

F is for foreign the first language film to win Best Picture, Parasite.

G is for Gwyneth Paltrow sobbing during her Best Actress acceptance speech for Shakespear­e In Love.

H is for Heath Ledger’s posthumous win as The Joker for The Dark Knight.

I is for inches – 13.5 inches, to be precise, which is the height of the famous golden Oscar statuette. The more you know, eh?

J is for Jennifer Lawrence falling up the stairs en route to collect her Best Actress gong for Silver Linings Playbook. Awks.

K is for Kathryn Bigelow making history as the first female Best Director winner for The Hurt Locker.

L is for Leonardo DiCaprio, finally winning an award for The Revenant (after five previous acting nomination­s).

M is for Melissa Leo dropping the F-bomb in her Best Supporting Actress acceptance speech for The Fighter.

N is for Natalie Portman’s dress, stitched with the names of female directors snubbed by the Oscars.

O is for #OscarsSoWh­ite, referring to the lack of diversity in Hollywood, which went viral (again) after Chris Rock’s brilliant opening monologue.

P is for Black Panther, Marvel’s first Oscar-winning film – it won three that year.

Q is for Queen Anne of England in The Favourite, the role for which Olivia Colman won Best Actress.

R is for Robert Opel, a streaker who stormed the stage as David Niven introduced Elizabeth Taylor.

S is for the selfie taken by host Ellen DeGeneres, featuring everyone from Meryl Streep to Julia Roberts.

T is for John Travolta bizarrely mispronoun­cing singer Idina Menzel’s name as “Adele Dazeem”, spawning a thousand memes.

U is which for, er, the undecided, Academy certainly was when Katharine Hepburn

and Barbra Streisand (left) shared the award for Best Actress.

V is for Viola Davis who, along with Octavia Spencer, is the most nominated Black actress in Oscars history, with three nods and one win (Best Supporting Actress).

W is for Walt Disney, who holds the record for the most wins, with 22 Academy Awards.

X is for the only X-rated film to ever win the Best Picture Oscar, Midnight Cowboy.

Y is for the youngest ever Academy Award winner: Paper Moon’s Tatum O’Neal for Best Supporting Actress. She was just 10 years old at the time.

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