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Billy Crystal opens ceremony as Hannibal Lecter - Great Oscar Moments

February 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Throughout this Oscar season, we are looking back at some of the great moments in Academy Awards history. At the 64th Academy Awards in 1992, Billy Crystal opened the ceremony dressed as a special guest...muzzle and all.

The comedian was wheeled out on a gurney on stage by two men in doctor's coats wearing a muzzle like Hannibal Lecter while music from the film "Silence of the Lambs" played in the background.

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Crystal greeted Anthony Hopkins, who played Lector in the film, saying, "I'm having some of the Academy over for dinner. Care to Join me?"

Hopkins cracked up and replied, "Yes, anytime."

The film went on to win five Oscars, including Best Actor for Hopkins and Best Picture.

Check out this and other moments in Oscar history on the interactive timeline available on the official Oscar.com website.

Oscar.com also hosts the official Oscar blog, which will feature red carpet fashion trends and tips from chef and lifestyle experts for hosting the best Oscar party.

Leading up to the ceremony, "On The Red Carpet" co-host Rachel Smith will be doing interviews with hair and fashion stylists and makeup artists for the "Best Dressed" video series featured on Oscar.com, beginning on Feb. 11. Smith will also be covering live events and offering post-show analysis of Oscar night fashions for the site.

The site also has a social media page, Oscar Buzz, which tracks comments from fans using #Oscars and #OscarBuzz.

It was announced in November, that Billy Crystal would return to host the 84th annual Academy Awards.

The awards ceremony will air live on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 on ABC7. Coverage begins at noon PT.

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