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Mahershala Ali, Casey Affleck, Emma Stone and Viola Davis backstage at the Oscars last month

What's your favorite cameo in a film? Pictured here is Aretha Franklin getting direction from writer/director John Landis, as Matt "Guitar" Murphy looks on, during production of "The Blues Brothers" (1980).

15 years ago today Halle Berry was awarded Best Actress for her role in "Monsters Ball". Relive our 2002 ceremony at

Major moments include:

Denzel Washington took home the Best Actor Oscar
Sidney Poitier received an Honorary Oscar
Jim Broadbent was voted Best Supporting Actor
Jennifer Connelly was voted Best Supporting Actress

List some films you could recognize from just one frame

In 1990 the legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa was presented the Honorary Oscar by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg "For cinematic accomplishments that have inspired, delighted, enriched and entertained worldwide audiences and influenced filmmakers throughout the world."

This vintage theater snipe comes from the Packard Humanities Institute Collection, the largest known acquisition of theatrical trailers on film, at the Academy Film Archive. The collection, which includes an array of theater advertisements such as this, was deposited at the Archive by David Packard in 2009. This historically significant collection contains over 60,000 moving images and has transformed the Academy Film Archive into the world's foremost repository of motion picture trailers.

In 1946 when the Oscars were held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Joan Crawford was suffering from pneumonia and could not attend the ceremony. She was nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in "Mildred Pierce". Crawford laid in her sick bed and listened to the proceedings on the radio. It was her first nomination of what would be three over her career. To her surprise she won. Her Oscar was delivered to her home where members of the press had congregated for an impromptu photo shoot that included this image.

Bret McKenzie, flanked by presenters Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, after being awarded the Oscar for Original Song for “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets (2011). McKenzie, half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, gave a shout out to Kermit the Frog during his acceptance speech. “He’s just a normal frog,” McKenzie said about the subject of the winning tune. “And like many stars here, he’s a lot shorter in real life.”

Damien Chazelle, after being awarded the Oscar for Directing "La La Land". Shortly before the ceremony, Chazelle told Esquire that simply making the film seemed like a huge victory. "Once cameras started rolling, I remember there was a kind of giddiness of just being able to even finally make this," he said. "Because for a while, it seemed like a far-fetched proposition and so we always wondered if it would always remain a thing in our heads. When it all came together the way that it did and we were able to actually start shooting it—you know, in L.A., with the cast that we got—I think all of us felt like we'd already got this insane victory that none of us saw coming. I think that kind of joy permeated through the whole shoot. It was a wonderful and almost kind of cathartic experience, just finally putting these images onscreen that had been in our heads for so long."

Feathered fact: The original hawk that played Mordecai in the "Royal Tenenbaums" (2001) was not only kidnapped, but held for ransom. Director Wes Anderson decided to use a second hawk. The new bird looked differently and it was addressed in the Oscar-nominated script thusly:

Richie: See now he has more white feathers on his neck.
Margot: I wonder what happened to him.
Richie: I don’t know. Sometimes if a person has a traumatic experience their hair turns white.
Margot: Well, I’m sure he’ll get over it.

Presenter Dwayne Johnson arrives with Lauren Hashian on the red carpet of the 89th Oscars

Caitrin Rogers, producer of "20 Feet from Stardom”, in 2014 a few weeks before the film won the Oscar for Documentary Feature.

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