On February 22nd, several hundred million viewers from all over the globe will be watching the 87th Academy Awards and wondering if Julianne, Reese, Rosamund, Marion or Felicity will bring home the 13½ inch, 8½ pound golden baby. Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the show will be broadcast live from the 3,400 seat Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
The very first Oscar ceremony was held in the Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929. Back then, the awards were presented before 270 people who paid $5 each for tickets. There was no suspense factor, because the winners had been announced three months before.
Over the years, the Oscars have provided some truly cool moments, like when 73-year-old Jack Palance did one-armed push-ups. Or when Sally Field declared "You really like me!" How about the time when Sylvester Stallone and Muhammad Ali did a bit of friendly sparring, after Ali declared, "You stole my script." And then there was the 12-minute standing ovation that a weeping Charlie Chaplin received in 1972 when he got an honorary Oscar. Things can get exciting in front of the cameras.
So imagine what happens away from the cameras! There have been some equally memorable moments. Just ask Anjelica Huston. Click to this Parade.com story and check out these Academy Award happenings that you might not know.