Oscars 2012: Most Memorable Moments

Octavia Spencer wins big, Chris Rock gets laughs and Viola Davis goes home empty-handed.

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While doing a skit in which he guessed what actors were thinking, Crystal said this when the camera landed on Davis: "I want thank my agent, I want to thank my writer and director for creating the role of a strong black woman that wasn't played by Tyler Perry."

Best Presenter: Chris Rock

The comedian killed while presenting the award for Best Animated Feature Film. "I love animation," he said. "I love animation because in the world of animation, you can be anything you want to be. If you're a fat woman you can play a skinny princess. If you're a short, wimpy guy, you can play a tall gladiator. If you're a white man you can play an Arabian prince. And if you're a black man, you can play a donkey, or a zebra. You can't play white, my God!"

Rock also pointed out how easy it is to do voice-over work for animated films. "I hate when people go on TV and tell you how hard it is to do animation. UPS is hard work. Stripping wood is hard work. I've done some animation. It's the easiest job in the world. I go into a booth and I go, 'What's the line?' ...  And then they give me a million dollars." Can Rock come back and host Oscars again, please?

 A Real-Life Friday Night Lights

Director T.J. Martin was one of the three winners for Best Documentary for Undefeated, which chronicles the story of an inner-city football team in Memphis football. But Martin, along with Daniel Lindsay and Richard Middlemas, got into a little hot water when he dropped an F-bomb during the show. "It wasn't the classiest thing," admitted Martin, who is the first black director to win an Oscar for a documentary feature, to the press backstage. "But it did come from the heart." Sean "Diddy" Combs was one of the film's many executive producers.

Oprah and James Earl Jones Get Honorary Oscars

Though honorary awards were handed out back in November, the audience was treated to a clip of Jones being given his award in London after his stage performance of Driving Miss Daisy. "I'm more than flabbergasted; what I've learned here in Britain, they say, 'I'm gobsmacked,' " Jones said. When it was announced last summer that Oprah was to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award it generated some controversy because she's considered a TV personality rather than film. Oprah said winning the award "means all of us make a difference through the life that we live."

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that T.J. Martin was the first black documentary filmmaker to win an Oscar. He is the first to win an Oscar for a documentary feature.

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