Reported by Scott Shafer on The California Report

Millions of people will tune in Sunday hoping to see a memorable Oscar moment, like the famous one from 1985 best-actress winner Sally Field, in which she exclaimed, “you like me. Right now, you like me!”

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“People like it because it was very spontaneous, very from the heart. It was also very humble,” says L.A.-based communications coach LeeAundra Keany about the moment. “That’s one of the key things you need to see in an Oscar speech; you need to see humility. But later on people thought it was a little too girlish. And it was so easy to mock.”

Keany has some Hollywood clients and she says the stars don’t always shine on Oscar night.

“If they just thought about it for a few minutes while they were getting their hair washed, while they were getting their nails dried, they would probably do a much better job because ultimately you want a speech that’s short, sincere and eloquent. If you can be funny all the better.”

Keany says there are lots of reasons potential Oscar winners don’t plan ahead. For one, they don’t want to jinx anything.

“So a lot of people are superstitious about preparing. Some people feel it’s presumptuous. They don’t want to appear arrogant; they don’t want the audience to think they actually think they might win. If you pull out a sheet of notes, people might think you expected to win.”

Everyone seems to have their favorite and least favorite Oscar moments. A common theme, says Keany, is spontaneity.

“One of the examples that people seem to like very much is when Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won for best screenplay for “Good Will Hunting,” and they were just all over the board, jumping up and down and yelling, and shouts out to Boston.”

Check out that and some more famous Oscar moments below…

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck win Best Screenplay for “Good Will Hunting”


Sally Field wins Best Actress for ‘Places in the Heart’


Robert Benigni goes nuts after winning Best Actor for “Life is Beautiful”


David Niven is interrupted on-stage by a streaker in 1974


Sacheen Littlefeather refuses the Best Actor Oscar for “The Godfather” on behalf of Marlon Brando because of “the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry and on television in movie re-runs, and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee.”


Vanessa Redgrave wins Best Supporting Actress for “Julia” and criticizes “Zionist hoodlums” who picketed the ceremony in protest of her participation in a pro-Palestinian documentary


Michael Moore slams George W. Bush after winning Best Documentary for “Bowling For Columbine”

Searching For That Memorable Oscar Moment 26 February,2012KQED News Staff

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