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I’m going to say it, the Oscars were Fun this year. Yes, with a capital F. Although I like them even when they’re James-Franco-bad so my view is definitely biased. But Ellen Degeneres is a great host. As good last night as she was when she first hosted seven years ago, she’s funny and hits the right note by amusing but not offending. It’s hard to make the 86th of anything seem unique. But she managed it.
She joked about ordering the starving audience pizza, then actually brought them pizza. She even went and got money from Harvey Weinstein to pay for it, who forked over $200. “It’s a good start” Ellen retorted. More Oscar mayhem after the jump.
Ellen then decided to take a selfie with Meryl Streep. But as she was suggesting it could be the most Tweeted pic ever, a spontaneous thing happened. Meryl suggested Julia Roberts, sitting behind her, join, and Ellen quickly wrangled Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence as well. That would have been more than enough, but then Kevin Spacey photobombed (his best photobomb ever, he later Tweeted), Jared Leto snuck in the side and Angelina Jolie joined in with Lupita Nyong’o. Bradley Cooper was front and center taking the pic as if a single frame could contain such star wattage. The result? Twitter crashed nearly immediately. 1.3 million Retweets at last check, more than triple the previous record holder, none other than President Obama.
The musical performances also had memorable highlights. Pink singing music from The Wizard of Oz to commemorate its 75th anniversary was simply gorgeous. Bette Midler treated the audience to “Wind Beneath My Wings” after the In Memorium section. Pharrell Williams got stars out of their seats grooving to the hit song Happy from Despicable Me 2. And U2 delivered with their nominated song from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” Each got a standing ovation.
What am I forgetting? Ah yes, the awards themselves! A full list can be found here. Gravity was the big winner in seven categories including the coveted Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón. 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture (giving Brad Pitt and his Plan B production company their very first Oscar). It also gave newcomer Lupita Nyong’o a Best Supporting Actress statuette for her very first feature performance. Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, telling the elated crowd lightheartedly to sit down and praising her fellow nominees, save for Julia Roberts who could “#suckit.” The men from Dallas Buyers Club dominated with both Best Supporting for Jared Leto and Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey. Even Spike Jonze snagged one for Her in Best Original Screenplay.
Biggest shutouts were for Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle who both went home empty handed. Although I’d hardly call the $80,000 gift bags for nominees a sour deal. Plus, there’s always next year for another chance to take home the little gold man. Maybe crashing Twitter will even get Ellen invited back to host.