Ving Rhames won Best Actor in a TV Miniseries for his role in HBO's "Don King: Only in America" in 1998, but when it came time to accept the award on stage, the actor decided it to pass it on to fellow nominee Jack Lemmon instead.
While accepting her Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement achievement award in 2013, the famously private Jodie Foster cryptically came out of the closet while simultaneously rejecting the idea that it was anybody's business.
In 2014, while presenting the award for Best Screenplay, Emma Thompson walked on stage with her shoes in one hand and a martini in another. When her hands proved too full to open the envelope, the veteran actress chucked her shoes to the side and handed her drink to the attendant.
The history of women and people of color going unrecognized at Hollywood awards shows has come under increased scrutiny in recent years, most memorably in 2017 when Natalie Portman took the stage with Ron Howard to present best director with the instantly iconic line, "And here are the all-male nominees."
Hosts Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg opted for compliments over zingers in their 2019 monologue, but the duo's stint as co-hosts will best be remembered for Oh's heartfelt speech about progress and representation.