5 Best Oscar Moments

>The Oscar telecast was long—over three and a half hours. The acceptance ranged from dull to self-righteous—see Andrew Sullivan's take on Mo'Nique's response to winning Best Supporting Actress for Precious. And the hosts, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, didn't help liven things up—jokes of the evening included a play on Dame Helen Mirren (Martin referred to her as Damn Helen Mirren) and the inevitable Snuggie gag.

Still, there were memorable moments:

Tina Fey and Robert Downey, Jr. present Best Original Screenplay: The 30 Rock writer/actress and the Sherlock Holmes star sparred over who's more insufferable: actors or screenwriters:

Tribute to John Hughes: Sixteen Candles and Breakfast Club star Molly Ringwald and Matthew Ferris Bueller Broderick introduced a highlights reel in honor of the king of '80s comedies, who died last year of a heart attack:

The Oscars' "Kanye Moment": The most dramatic acceptance speech of the evening came from an award most people don't care much about: Best Documentary Short. Music by Prudence director Roger Ross Williams started his thank yous only to be interrupted by the film's producer, Elinor Burkett:


Ben Stiller presents the Best Makeup award: He appeared dressed as a Na'vi from Avatar. Just watch:

Modern Family Academy Awards charades night: This clip didn't take place in the ceremony itself, but during a commercial break. It shows the sitcom family's attempt to have a fun family night in honor of the Oscars:

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Eleanor Barkhorn is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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