11 most memorable sci-fi moments during last night's Oscars

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Dec 14, 2012

Regardless of what you thought about the winners, the losers or the relative quality of the show itself, the 2011 Oscars did, in fact, happen. While this year's big sci-fi hope, Inception, didn't do as well as we'd have liked, there were still things to please—or infuriate—sci-fi fans.

Bruce Wayne and Evey Hammond have Oscars

Just so we're all clear: We're not going to include Padme Amidala in this statement.

Irvin Kershner makes the In Memoriam segment

It's always nice to see the Academy remember sci-fi filmmakers like The Empire Strikes Back's Kershner.

Corey Haim, however, left out of the In Memoriam

But every now and again the Academy makes a gross oversight. Yes, Haim might have led a less than ideal life, complete with addictions, poor choices and worse films. But he was also in The Lost Boys, Lucas and Silver Bullet—a trifecta that should've guaranteed his inclusion.

Inception's technical wins

While it lost in all of the major categories for which it was nominated—including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay—Christopher Nolan's dreamscape still took home four awards: Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing

Auto-tuning Twilight and Harry Potter

Really, the only way to deal with Taylor Lautner's chest is to sing about it.

The dreamy Inception opening montage

Harking back to those terrific Oscar montage openings that Billy Crystal used to do, this year opened with Franco and Hathaway using some Inception dream tech to plunder Alec Baldwin's subconscious for tips. Now, how that led to a Back to the Future bit remains to be clear, but it was still pretty well done.

Rick Baker winning for The Wolfman

Baker's seventh Oscar, shared with collaborator Dave Elsey, marks the last time anyone will mention that film.

Zachary Levi, singing the Tangled song

Who knew Chuck had such velvety pipes? Way to carry a tune, young man.

Hologram Bob Hope!

In an effort to make hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway seem even less capable, the Oscars trotted out former host Billy Crystal, who then summoned the holographic image of Bob Hope—both of which killed.

Anne Hathaway's electric-blue dress

See, Tron: Legacy did make an appearance at this year's Oscars—even if it lost the one category it was nominated for, Sound Editing.

Graphic novelist Shaun Tan wins Best Animated Short

The Hugo and World Fantasy award-winning author scored with the adaptation of his 1999 children's book, The Lost Thing.

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