Palance won an Oscar for best supporting actor for his portrayal of the homicidal cowboy Curly. In his acceptance of the award, "he delighted viewers by dropping to the stage and performing one-armed pushups to demonstrate his physical prowess."
"'That's nothing, really,' he said slyly. 'As far as two-handed pushups, you can do that all night, and it doesn't make a difference whether she's there or not.'"
The stunt became a running joke all night for Oscar host Billy Crystal, who starred in City Slickers.