Billy Crystal, Hysterical Actresses And More: 10 Funny Oscar Moments (VIDEO)

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The Huffington Post UK   Andrea Mann First Posted: 20/02/2012 13:00 Updated: 20/02/2012 13:10

The 84th (count 'em!) Academy Awards are nearly upon us. And, thanks to the fact that it's Billy Crystal hosting them - and not, say, Anne Hathaway and James Franco - it will no doubt include a good many well-delivered gags.

Yes, the Oscars may be the very epitome of Hollywood's self-importance - but in between the back-slapping, tear-jerking and yawn-inducing, they do sometimes include some comedic delights. A great gag by a consummate host. An opening montage funnier than an Adam Sandler movie. A Best Actress acceptance speech that embarrasses every single person apart from the best actress winner herself.

So here, in a gold envelope - OK, a video gallery - are some of the funniest there have ever been. Unfortunately, those smart people at the Oscars (TM) have made their YouTube offerings impossible to embed, so you'll have to do without Gwyneth Paltrow wearing pink and crying. So instead, we bring you the likes of Jon Stewart, Will Ferrell, Ellen DeGeneres and, yes, Billy Crystal, in their finest Academy Award moments. Cue lights!

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One of the most memorable opening montages of recent years, host Billy Crystal's spoof took in Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean and... well, mainly Lord of the Rings.