On March 2, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted its 86th annual Oscar awards. Jennifer Lawrence tripped again, and Ellen DeGeneres crashed Twitter.
This marks the second time that the talk show host emceed the awards show. Audiences rolled in the aisles as Ellen made an appearance as Glinda from “The Wizard of Oz,” and turned the auditorium into an enormous pizza party, among her many jokes. It’s safe to say, Ellen won the Oscars.
One of her jokes fell short though. Actress and singer Liza Minnelli didn’t appreciate being called a drag queen, though the rest of the audience seemed to take the joke light heartedly. Pictures of the star not laughing quickly circulated on the internet. Minelli later said she forgave the host.
Ellen also took what’s being called “The Greatest Selfie Ever Made,” including stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pit and Meryl Streep. It quickly became the most re-tweeted picture on Twitter, and circulated so quickly that the website crashed for a few minutes.
There were four performances during the show, including the song “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” performed by Idina Menzel. The two works won the awards for best original song and best-animated feature respectively.
Pink, dressed as an enormous ruby slipper, performed the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in honor of the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz.”
The cast and crew of “Gravity” went home with seven golden statues, more than any other film of the night. Many of them were in the highly coveted technical categories, including best cinematography and sound editing.
Best feature film went to “12 Years a Slave,” featuring actress Lupita Nyong’o for her first nomination and win at the Oscars. By many accounts, Nyong’o’s acceptance speech was the most moving of the night. She thanked the people that she and her fellow actors portrayed, and finished by saying, “When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Thank you.”
The 86th Oscars was all you could ask for. Ellen kept the audience laughing and engaged and the acceptance speeches were touching and sincere.
To top it all off, John Travolta followed up last year’s mispronunciation of “Les Miserables” by messing up Idina Menzel’s name.