The 2021 Oscars are making history.
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It's that time of year again...
Awards season is in full swing and the highly anticipated Oscars are here.
Today, on the 93rd show, the biggest names in the industry have hit the red carpet in order to see who will be honored with an award this year.
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And we're preparing ourselves for some jaw-dropping moments.
If last year proved anything, it's that anything can happen on the night.
Cue Parasite's monumental win over frontrunner 1917.
Bong Joon-Ho and the rest of the Parasite cast made history as they became the first foreign-language film to ever win Best Picture.
And this year, we've already seen history being made...
British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed is the first Muslim to ever be nominated for an Oscar in one of the academy's most prestigious categories - Best Actor.
Not only that but it's already been a stand-out year for women too.
The scandal surrounding the lack of female representation across categories, but especially in Best Director, has led to outrage among fans and critics as there have been many a time when women have directed masterpieces that deserved recognition but the Oscars failed to give them it.
However, things are different this year as 2 women were nominated for Best Director.
Chloé Zhao, who won a Golden Globe for best directing in March, is up for "Nomadland" (which is also nominated for best picture). And Emerald Fennell has also been nominated for her film Promising Young Woman.
In homage to the history made at tonight's show...
Let's take a look at some of the other iconic (and sometimes very controversial) moments we've seen since the first-ever Academy awards hit our screens back in 1929.
Now of course we're going to start off with Hattie McDaniel's Oscar win.
Hattie McDaniel's win for Best Supporting Actress as "Mammy" in Gone With The Wind (1939) marked the first time in the show's then decade-long history that a Black woman was granted the award.
This enormous win broke barriers for Black recognition within the film industry.
However, as progressive as it may seem on the surface, the rules of segregation saw McDaniel be forced to sit at the back of the theatre away from her castmates.
Then approximately twenty-one years later, Sidney Poitier became the first Black man to win Best Actor.
His role in the screen adaptation of the 1962 novel, Lilies of the Field earned him the award, also cementing his legacy in history as the first Black man to win an award in that category.
Later, in 2002, when Denzel Washington became the second Black man to ever win the award, Poitier received an Honorary Academy Award.
"It represented progress," he recalled. "It meant the embracing of a kind of democracy that had been very long in maturing. It was an example of the persistence and effort and determination of young people of color, not just African Americans but Hispanic and Asian people who too were, sort of, minimalized in American films for too, too long."
The sixties were clearly a very iconic time for the Oscars because as well as Poitier's win at the start of the decade, the end saw a rare tie.
Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn made a rare tie for Best Actress in 1969. While Hepburn wasn't there for the occasion, Streisand captivated audiences with her iconic line: "Hello, gorgeous."
You love to see it.
Up next, we must discuss Marlon Brando's iconic speech delivered by Sacheen Littlefeather.
Instead of accepting his award for his role as Vito Corleone in The Godfather, Brando decided he would send Apache Native American activist, Sacheen Littlefeather, to reject it.
Of course, the moment left audiences stunned.
"He has asked me to tell you, in a very long speech which I can't share with you presently because of time, but I would be glad to share with the press afterward, that he very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award," she said. "And the reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today but the film industry and on television, in movie reruns, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee," Littlefeather explained.
It's safe to say it was a history-defining moment for activism.
Moving on a couple of turbulent decades, we have Halle Berry in all of her Oscars glory.
The actress, who won Best Actress for her role in Monster's Ball, left her stamp on the academy after she became the first Black woman to win Best Actress.
Emotions were very high as she gave her speech:
"This moment is so much bigger than me," she said. "This moment is for Dorothy Dandrige, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll, it's for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox and it's for every nameless face that's a woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened."
Now onto a more light-hearted, yet very iconic moment...
Madonna bringing Michael Jackson to the Oscars as her date. Of course, the pairing made global headlines, with Madonna later referring to it as "the best date ever." Sadly, nothing much progressed past that.
Reba McEntire's performance of Oscar-nominated song, "I'm Checkin' Out."
For those of you that don't know McEntire experienced one of the most tragic losses just a week prior to her Oscar's performance as her band was involved in a plane crash that killed them. Even though it was clearly an emotional time for her, she powered through her performance which sits comfortably as one of the best in Oscars history.
Now onto one of the most controversial moments we've ever seen on our screens...
Adrien Brody planting a non-consensual, fairly aggressive kiss on Halle Berry. The disgraced actor won Best Actor for his role in The Pianist. What made things more awkward was watching most of the men in the room clapping and punching the air with pride, while a lot of the women were left confused at the act.
"I bet they didn't tell you that was in the gift bag," he joked right after.
Yeah, I bet he's really wishing he just gave a boring ol' speech and took his award home. Yikes.
Would this be a list of iconic moments if we didn't mention the acting legend that is Heath Ledger?
In 2009, just months after his sudden passing, Heath Ledger would be nominated for his final appearance on the big screen as the Joker in The Dark Night.
Ledger's sister Kate and his family flew out from Australia to give a heartfelt speech about their loved one...
And then dedicated his win to his daughter, Matilda.
"Heath, we both knew what you had created in the Joker was extraordinarily special and had even talked about being here on this very day. We really wish you were, but we proudly accept this award on behalf of your beautiful Matilda."
Another light-hearted moment for you guys.
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Does anyone else remember Ellen Degeneres' iconic Oscars selfie? Of course, you do. Consisting of 11 (and a half) famous celebrities, the selfie became the most retweeted photo, with 3 million retweets.
Later, when it was revealed that it was actually an advertising ploy, the hype died down...
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But hey, it was a smart move.
Kathryn Bigelow's iconic Best Director win.
Back in 2010, over a decade ago, Bigelow made history as the first-ever woman to win Best Director for The Hurt Locker, and until this day, she is still the only woman to have ever received the honor.
Another moment that went down in the history books is none other than Jennifer Lawrence falling on the stairs as she goes to get her award.
Taking the Best Actress category for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, and also winning her very first Oscar, Jennifer Lawrence tried to maneuver her flowing gown as she tried to get up the stairs, but tragically, she stumbled and fell on them instead.
Of course, she played it off pretty well, laughing at her accident.
"You guys are just standing up because you felt bad that I fell and that's really embarrassing," she said once she was finally on stage.
Now, does this name ring a bell? "Adele Dazeem."
Let me refresh your memory if it doesn't. It's the name John Travolta mistakenly called Idina Menzel as he was introducing her performance of Frozen's "Let It Go." I don't even remember the performance because I was too busy laughing about the name mishap. Yikes.
2 years later and we were given this historic moment...
And it may be one of the most iconic yet: Leonardo DiCaprio's first-ever Oscar win. Being in a bunch of very well-known films, you would think that the renowned actor would have had a few of these awards under his belt, but prior to 2016, he had none.
And we were all happy to have lived to see the day.
Leonardo DiCaprio broke his dry spell with a Best Actor win for his film, The Revenant , and received a well-deserved round of applause.
Back to another iconic pairing... This time we have Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.
The former lovebirds re-kindled some sort of flame when they gave us one of the cutest moments in Oscars history. And all it took was a hand-grab and a loving stare.
We'll never get over this moment...
Sadly, they are both seeing other people, but we can still dream of them reuniting one day.
And we can't not talk about the infamous La La Land and Moonlight mix-up.
Taking to the stage to announce the winner for the most prestigious award of the night, Best Picture, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as 2017's victor even though the winner of the card stated Moonlight as the year's winner.
After minutes of scambling and re-evaluating, the true winner was announced.
"This is not a joke, Moonlight has won Best Picture," La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz said, showing everyone the card. God, I'm cringing just thinking about it.
Later on, it was revealed that the wrong envelope had been handed to the presenters.
After years of drama throughout the Oscars, tonight has proved to be a little different...
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But Yuh-Jung Youn's win may have stolen the show...
She's made history!
Yuh-jung became just the second Asian woman to win an Oscar in the 93-year run.
Watch her full speech here ...
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