LIANE HANSEN, host:

From NPR News, I'm Liane Hansen.

And for the next 17 minutes on WEEKEND EDITION we're going to succumb to our Oscar addiction. In our business it's a 0 anniversary, worthy of mention in this case 8-0. Eighty years of reward for individual meritorious achievements in motion pictures.

To begin, the 80th birthday party for the Academy Awards: moments to remember. Let's go to the montage.

(Soundbite of movie montage)

(Soundbite of music)

Unidentified Man: Grace Kelly, Academy Award winner for this, her greatest performance as Georgie Elgin, "The Country Girl.

Unidentified Man #2(Actor): (as character) Georgie.

Ms. GRACE KELLY (Actress) (as Georgie Elgin): And I might (unintelligible) as a dad, if you can keep him up long enough for me to get out from under. All I want is my own name and a modest job to buy sugar for my coffee.

Unidentified Man #2(Actor): (as character) Will you marry…

Unidentified Man #3: I guess the two guys in this town who want to be most grateful to the cameramen are you and me.

Unidentified Man #3: Well, (unintelligible) much they can do with it for the face like mine, but yours presents list of opportunity.

Unidentified Man #4: I'm the king of the world.

(Soundbite of cheering)

Unidentified Man #5: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."

Unidentified Woman: And I know everybody in New Zealand has been thanked, so I'm going to thanks everybody in South Africa, my home country.

Unidentified Man #6: But all the films this year are excellent films. They deal with racism, corruption, terrorism. It's why we go to the movies, to escape.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Unidentified Man #7: (Unintelligible) will being broadcast in 53 languages, and that's just for Los Angeles alone.

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