HUDSON BRIDGES (2007)
It’s not often that a first-time actress wins an Oscar. It’s even more rare that she wins for a musical. And for that actress to have been discovered by a reality TV show…well, that’s just never happened before. But Jennifer Hudson defies the odds and wins a Best Supporting Actress golden boy for her heartbreaking role as Effie White in Dreamgirls. Take that, Simon Cowell.
CUBA LIBRE (1997)
Winning an Oscar has never seemed as joyous as when Cuba Gooding Jr. won a Best Supporting Actor statuette for his role as undervalued football player Ron Tidwell in Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire. He was having his own party on that stage, and the rest of the world was invited.
CHAIRWAY TO HEAVEN (1999)
We suppose that if Sophia Loren shouted our name with such élan, we’d jump out of — and on top of — our chairs. Sure, we couldn’t make any sense of Roberto Benigni’s acceptance speech when his Life is Beautiful won the Best Foreign Language Film award…but we got the gist of it.