Academy Award speeches featuring five from the Farm

Alexander Payne
Alumnus Alexander Payne is up for an Oscar for directing Nebraska. © 2014 Paramount Pictures Corporation

Stanford magazine dug deep in the archives of Oscar award ceremonies to come up with the top five Stanford Academy Award moments.

But writer SAM SCOTT is quick to add that these are top five partly because they were the only moments that Stanford “could find video of.”

Among the alumni featured in the magazine’s story are two-time Oscar-winning writer and director ALEXANDER PAYNE, ’83; actor JACK PALANCE, ’49; documentary film producer CYNTHIA WADE, ’96; costume designer EDITH HEAD, ’20; and producer ROGER CORMAN, ’47.

Payne is up for another Oscar this year for having directed Nebraska. The Oscar ceremony is March 2. Payne is known for such films as Election, About Schmidt, Sideways and The Descendants.

Although Payne is widely acknowledged for his work, Scott suggests that the most memorable Oscar moment may be Palance’s jibe at host Billy Crystal and his impromptu performance of one-handed push-ups.

Read the Stanford magazine article and see the clips.