Misread the teleprompter?
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When Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosted the telecast together in 2010, and their contrasting styles—handsome smoothie vs. relentless dork—made for the perfect comedic/charismatic match.
Steve Martin: And then there’s that damn Helen Mirren. (angry glare)
Alec Baldwin: See, that’s Dame Helen Mirren.
Steve Martin: Oops! Sorry.
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Pass the tissues
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The Oscars are usually a place of non-stop self-indulgent ego-stroking, but when Frederico Fellini, a legit “towering force in movie history,” as described by Sophia Loren, got a special achievement award in 1993, he poked at his own legend and made himself truly lovable. His acceptance was brief, charming, and at the end, he tenderly and teasingly thanked his wife and muse, Giulietta Masini, who was flooded with tears:
“And thank you, the artist Giulietta. And please, stop crying!”