In preparation for the 91st Academy Awards on February 24th, we take a look back at some of the most memorable moments in Academy Awards History.

The 92nd Academy Awards are right around the corner. Every year there are certain to be emotional speeches, big upsets, and unexpected moments. Let’s take a look at some of the groundbreaking moments and memories from past Oscars.

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In 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an acting award for her role in Gone With the Wind.

Hattie McDaniel, Fay Bainter, Oscars / Academy Awards – 1939. Photo by Kobal/Shutterstock (5852349a)

In 1957, Miyoshi Umeki became the first Asian actor to win an Academy Award for acting for her lead role in Sayonara.

Miyoshi Umeki and Red Buttons hug each other with their Oscars at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Ca. Buttons and Umeki won best supporting actress and actor for their roles, respectively, in “Sayonara. Photo by AP/Shutterstock (6643215a)

In 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win Best Actor for his role in the film Lilies of the Field.

Sidney Poitier was named best actor of the year for 1964 for his role in “Lilies of the Field,” awarded by actress Anne Bancroft, at right, at ceremonies in Santa Monica, Calif. on . The award was presented by the Motion Picture Academy. Photo by Anonymous/AP/Shutterstock (6643195c)

In 1972, silent film legend Charlie Chaplin received the longest standing ovation in history when he presented with an Honorary Oscar. It lasted about 20 minutes.

Actor Charlie Chaplin displays the honorary Oscar he received, at the 44th Annual Academy Awards at the Music Center in Los Angeles, with his wife Oona at his side. Photo by AP/Shutterstock (6605750a)

Marlon Brando boycotted the 1973 Oscars, refusing his Best Actor Award. He sent actress Sacheen Littlefeather in his stead as a protest of the portrayal of Native Americans in film.

Sacheen Littlefeather tells the audience at the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, that Marlon Brando was declining to accept his Oscar as best actor for his role in “The Godfather.” Littlefeather said Brando was protesting “the treatment of the American Indian in motion pictures and on televison, and because of the recent events at Wounded Knee. Photo by AP/Shutterstock (6585055a)

In 1974, 10-year-old Tatum O’Neal became the youngest winner of an acting award for her performance in Paper Moon.

Tatum O’Neal holds her Oscar statuette at the 46th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Ca. on . The 10-year-old won as Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie “Paper Moon. Photo by AP/Shutterstock (6605826a)

In 1974, photographer Robert Opel won notoriety as the guy who streaked naked at the Academy Awards.

David Niven isn’t quite sure what’s happening behind him as a streaker crosses the stage near the end of the Academy Awards show in Los Angeles tonight. He later identified himself as Robert Opel. Photo by AP/Shutterstock (6596723a)

In 1975, Godfather Part II, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, was the first sequel to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Art Carney, left, and Francis Ford Coppola pose with their Oscar statuettes at the Academy Awards presentation in Los Angeles, Ca., . Carney was named best actor of the year for his role in “Harry and Tonto.” Coppola won Oscars for “The Godfather Part II” in three categories, best direction, best screenplay adaptation and best movie of the year. Photo by AP/Shutterstock (6605749a)

In 1985, Sally Field memorably said “You like me, you really like me!” after winning the award for Best Actress. At least, that’s how it’s remembered – what she actually said was “You like me right now, you like me.”

Actress Sally Field thanks the audience March 25,1985 after receiving her Oscar for Best Performance by a Leading Actress for her portrayal in “Places in the Heart. Photo by AP/Shutterstock (6569377a)

In 1987, Marlee Matlin at the age of 21 became the youngest female winner of a leading actor award. As she’s hearing impaired, she signed her entire acceptance speech.

Marlee Matlin signs her thanks to the Academy of Motions Picture Arts and Sciences after being honored with the best actress Oscar for her role in “Children of a Lesser God,” in Los Angeles.  Photo by Paul Sakuma/AP/Shutterstock (6569344a)

In 1990, at the age of 80, Jessica Tandy became the oldest woman to win the best Actress Award for her role in Driving Miss Daisey.

Tandy Actress Jessica Tandy holds up the Oscar she won for her role in “Driving Miss Daisy,” at the 62nd Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Photo by Doug Pizac/AP/Shutterstock (6569394b)

In 1999, Italian actor Roberto Benigni celebrated by standing on his chair after his film Life is Beautiful won the award for Best Foreign Film.

Director and actor Roberto Benigni jumps on the back of some chairs in excitement after winning the Oscar for best foreign language film for “Life is Beautiful,” during the 71st Annual Academy Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center. Photo by ERIC DRAPER/AP/Shutterstock (6500493a)

In 2001, Julia Roberts won the Best Actress Award for her performance as the titular character of Erin Brockovich. She gave a speech for the record books, memorably continuing over the orchestra, telling them “you’re just going to have to sit.”

Julia Roberts Julia Roberts reacts after winning the Oscar for best actress in a leading role for the film “Erin Brockovich,” during the 73rd annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/AP/Shutterstock (6472609a)

In 2002, Halle Berry became the first African-American to win the Award for Best Actress for her performance in Monster’s Ball.

Halle Berry accepts her Oscar for best actress for her role in Monsters Ball during the 74th annual Academy Awards, in Los Angeles. Photo by KEVORK DJANSEZIAN/AP/Shutterstock (5946234t)

In 2003, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King became the first fantasy film to win Best Picture. In fact, it won all 11 categories in which it was nominated, making it the largest sweep in Oscars history.

New Zealand Film Director Peter Jackson (c) His Wife Fran Walsh (l) and Philippa Boyens Hold Their Oscars For Best Adapted Screenplay at the 76th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood California 29 February 2004 Jackson Walsh and Boyens Won For the Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King the Film Won a Total of 11 Oscars Equally the Joint Record Held by Ben Hur and Titanic. Photo by Brendan Mcdermid/EPA/Shutterstock (7831479z)

In 2007, Martin Scorsese finally won a Best Director Oscar for his film The Departed. He was given the award by legendary directors Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and George Lucas.

Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas Directors Francis Ford Coppola, left, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Goerge Lucas pose backstage after Scorcese won the Oscar for best director during the 79th Academy Awards, in Los Angeles
Oscars Press Room, Los Angeles, USA. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/AP/Shutterstock (5946232u)

In 2007, Ellen DeGeneres became the first openly gay person to host the Oscars.

Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres opens the 79th Academy Awards telecast, in Los Angeles. DeGeneres is returning as host at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2, 2014, after making her Oscar debut in 2007 and she’s had a close hand in the writing process, Neil Meron said
Oscars. Photo by Mark J. Terrill/AP/Shutterstock (6386841a)

In 2009, the family of Heath Ledger accepted his posthumous award for Best Supporting Actor for his memorable portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight.

Heath Ledger’s father Kim Ledger, left, sister Kate and mother Sally Bell accept the Oscar for best supporting actor on behalf of Heath Ledger who won for his work in “The Dark Knight” during the 81st Academy Awards, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Photo by Mark J. Terrill/AP/Shutterstock (6354761ce)

In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director for The Hurt Locker, a gritty film about an Iraq War Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.

Kathryn Bigelow accepts the Oscar for best achievement in directing for “The Hurt Locker” at the 82nd Academy Awards, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Photo by Mark J. Terrill/AP/Shutterstock (6339134bf)

In 2013, Daniel Day-Lewis won his third award for Best Leading Actor, setting a record in the category.

Daniel Day-Lewis, 85th Annual Academy Awards Oscars, Press Room, Los Angeles, America – 24 Feb 2013. Photo by Broadimage/Shutterstock (2168860p)

In 2016, Leonardo DiCaprio finally won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in The Revenant. He used his speech as an opportunity to speak out about the dangers of climate change.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Los Angeles, America – 28 Feb 2016. Photo by Tyler Boye/WWD/Shutterstock (5600260im)