Time now, boys and girls, to pick our favorite moments from the Academy Award presentations. Me first.
It was at the height of the streaking craze on April 2, 1974, as British actor David Niven was introducing Elizabeth Taylor. A naked man behind him raced from stage right to stage left, flashing the peace sign.
As much as I like that Oscar moment, I’ve always suspected it was planned. I must have watched the tape a dozen times. The camera shot was a little too perfect, cutting off the nude guy just above the waist. As urbane and witty as he was, Mr. Niven’s response was a little too good. He said "Ladies and gentlemen, that was bound to happen. Just think, the only laugh that man will probably ever get is for stripping and showing off his shortcomings." Scripted or not, it was a very good line.