Oscars 2015’s 20 Best, Worst and WTF Moments

From stirring speeches to truly 'Awesome' musical performances

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Best: 'Ida' Director Keeps Going and Going...
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Best: 'Ida' Director Keeps Going and Going...

There are acceptance speeches that start getting the play-them-offstage music way too soon; there are some podium rants that, frankly, you wish would get the symphony treatment five seconds in. And then there was Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski's speech, which simply ignored concepts like time limits or embarrassment over those cued-up strings that tell you to wrap things up. Upon winning the Best Foreign-Language Film for Ida — a movie that, as he noted early on, was praised for its silences — Pawlikowski began to talk. But when he began to hear the telltale fanfare, the man began to speak a little quicker. . .and then kept going and going, to the point where the orchestra eventually gave up (posing a new challenge for our live-updating infographic tracking the length of the night's speeches). As he rhapsodized about his parents, his late spouse, his kids and his native country, the audience burst into spontaneous applause. Then the music came up for a second time, and the filmmaker still kept on for another 10 seconds. Take that, Academy!

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