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banner Friday, 22 March, 2002, 10:32 GMT
Paltrow wins best awards moment
Gwyneth Paltrow
Paltrow said she did not deserve the award
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow's emotional acceptance speech at 1999's Oscars has been voted the UK's most memorable awards moment.

Her tearful speech after winning the best actress statuette for Shakespeare in Love beat the moment when deputy Prime Minister John Prescott was drenched by rock band Chumbawumba at the Brit Awards.

Robbie Williams at the Brit Awards 2000
Robbie Williams made a challenge to Liam Gallagher in 2000
Other unscripted favourites included TV presenter Judy Finnigan's dress falling open and singer Robbie Williams challenging Oasis star Liam Gallagher to a fight.

Some 13% of 5,100 TV viewers chose Paltrow's acceptance speech from a shortlist of 15 memorable highlights from all awards shows over the last 20 years.

Her emotional monologue saw her thanking as many people as she could remember and tearfully mentioning deceased members of her family.

"I don't feel very deserving of this in your presence," she said, naming her fellow nominees.

Rod Henwood, director of TV at NTL Home, who carried out the survey, said: "Acceptance speeches often allow us a glimpse beyond the flawless exterior of our favourite stars.

Kylie Minogue's Brits performance grabbed headlines in 2002
Kylie Minogue's Brits performance grabbed headlines in 2002
"I will certainly be glued to my screen on Sunday in anticipation of a repeat Gwyneth Paltrow moment."

The 1998 Brit Awards, where Chumbawumba threw a bucket of ice over an enraged Mr Prescott, got 12% of the vote.

Former This Morning presenter Judy Finnigan came in third place with 10%, when the top of her dress slipped down at 2000's National TV Awards.

And singer Kylie Minogue's performance at the Brits in 2002 in a revealing outfit got 9% of the vote.

Actor Russell Crowe's altercation with a TV producer at this year's Baftas was next with 8% - even though it was not seen on TV - while Robbie Williams's challenge got 7%.

And Jarvis Cocker's invasion of the stage when Michael Jackson was performing during the Brits in 1996 attracted 6.5% of the votes.

"Celebrity award ceremonies make great TV and we love to feel part of the incidents that take place at them," Mr Henwood said.

The Oscars ceremony is broadcast live on BBC Two on Monday 25 March from 0045-0500 GMT and reported live on BBC News Online.

See also:

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