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These days, the major reason to tune into a live awards show is to catch any of those "I can't believe that just happened!" moments before everyone is talking about them the next day. If history is any indicator, the ones that end up standing out the most often involve a couple of celebrities and an unexpected or satisfying kiss. Some have become truly memorable pop culture memories, and here are just a few that had people talking.

So, pucker up and see if your favorite smooch made the list.

1. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams

Ahh, to be young, carefree, and naive enough to think that Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling would stay together forever. Though the relationship didn't last, they gave us this unforgettable moment when they reenacted their famous kiss from The Notebook.

2. Halle Berry and Adrien Brody

After winning an Academy Award for his performance in The Pianist, Adrien Brody was so ecstatic that he planted a wet one on announcer Halle Berry. As a result, this remains one of the most memorable moments in both actors' careers.

3. Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar

Okay, so this one is only a peck, but the kiss between Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar in Cruel Intentions just needs to be acknowledged in some way. So, here it is!

4. Madonna and Britney Spears

Back in the day when two women locking lips was considered shockingly titillating, Madonna and Britney (and poor Christina who is always forgotten) had brief onstage make out at the 2003 MTV VMAs. The world collectively clutched its pearls.

5. Will Ferrell and Sasha Baron Cohen

Just the insistence from Sasha Baron Cohen and the coy resistance from Will Ferrell was enough for me to include their kiss from the MTV Movie Awards, but rolling around on the floor made this one of the best moments from 2007.

6. Tina Fey and Amy Schumer

As Tina Fey presented Amy Schumer with a Peabody award, she seamlessly slipped in a little dig at Madonna (before slipping into Amy's warm embrace).

I really wanted to come down here tonight, and in a Madonna kind of way try to like eat her youth and maybe suck her soul out in a very awkward, staged lesbian kiss. But when I pitched that idea to Amy’s camp, they came back with such an immediate yes that it kind of grossed me out.

7. Scarlett Johansson and Sandra Bullock

Two of the most successful women in Hollywood shared a quick little kiss as Sandra Bullock accepted the Generation award at 2010's MTV Movie Awards.

8. Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner

Yeah, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart may have won the Best Kiss award four years in a row, but the best moment had to be when Robert sprinted off the stage to get co-star Taylor Lautner in on the action.

9. Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep

What can she say? Sandra gets friendly with her friends. This time her friend just so happened to be the incomparable Meryl Streep, and, let's be real, who wouldn't want to steal a kiss from Meryl?

10. Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman

Close friends Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts got even closer at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. It may be a little-known broadcast, but these two major stars made sure it was well-recognized when they smooched in front of the audience. Kidman had turned down a role at 14 that called for her to wear a shower cap and kiss girls, and this stage gave her the opportunity to rectify that mistake!


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