Oscar Podium Meltdowns

Perhaps the first actress to take a serious public relations beating for monopolizing the microphone was Greer Garson. Some claim the seven-time nominee spent 90 rambling minutes on stage after winning best actress in 1942 for "Mrs. Miniver."

Cooler heads recall Garson's speech lasting about seven minutes. Predictably, she began it by saying, "I'm practically unprepared," and she went on to mention just about every person she'd ever met, including "the doctor who brought me into the world."

Still, contemporary stars regularly regret their podium performances, sometimes almost immediately after they've become Oscar winners.

"It was like I was out of my body, but the next morning when I saw it on tape, I thought, 'Oh my God! I was out of control,'" Halle Berry told Entertainment Weekly shortly after the 2002 ceremony.

"I felt like a babbling idiot."

The following year, Berry was a presenter, and when she handed the best actor award to Adrien Brody, he surprised everyone -- including Berry -- with a big kiss that made it seem as if he and Berry were lovers, and that became the most talked about incident of the evening.

Similarly, Angelina Jolie was forced to explain the relationship with her brother James Haven after she won best supporting actress for "Girl, Interrupted" in 2000. The full-lipped actress was seated next to her sibling and planted a big kiss on his lips before emerging onstage. "I'm in shock," she told the crowd. "And I'm so in love with my brother right now, he just held me and said he loved me."

Days later, she offered this clarification: "I didn't snog my brother," she said. "Me and my brother had a very difficult upbringing. We both survived a lot together and it meant a lot that he supported me my whole life. And in that moment, you reach to kiss somebody, and you end up kissing their mouth. Who cares? It wasn't like we had our mouths open, it wasn't some romantic kiss."

A year earlier, Roberto Benigni had played such hyperventilating enthusiasm for laughs. The Italian star of "Life Is Beautiful" climbed over theater seats, filled with dapperly dressed stars to receive honors for that film.

"My body is in tumult," he proclaimed in broken English. "I would like to be … lying down and making love to everybody … I am-a so happy, I want to wag-a my tail!"

Oscar's Loneliest Walk of Shame

In that frantic rush to the stage, Barbara Streisand tore her outfit in 1968, when she won best actress for "Funny Girl." Streisand actually had to share the honor that year with Katharine Hepburn -- one of the few ties in Academy Award history.

Perhaps she assumed that the trophy would go to whichever actress arrived first. She beat Hepburn, then 61, and regained enough composure to greet her Oscar like a new boyfriend, famously saying, "Hello, gorgeous!"

Indeed, Oscar night has seen many stars take the walk of shame, but the saddest might have come at one of the first ceremonies, back in 1934. Director Frank Capra was so certain he would win for "Lady for a Day," he began his back-slapping, bear-hugging march to the podium as soon as presenter Will Rogers said, "Come on up and get it, Frank."

"Over here! Over hear!" said Capra, when the spotlight was thrown on the other side of the auditorium.

Capra suddenly found the real winner was another Frank -- Frank Lloyd -- who directed "Cavalcade." Capra called his return to his seat "the longest, saddest, most shattering walk in my life."

Buck Wolf is entertainment producer at ABCNEWS.com. "The Wolf Files" is published Tuesdays.

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