The Oscars were amazing, right?
Right. Well for all of you that were too lazy to stay up all night and sacrifice your productivity today for a good cause this is for you: From Lupita’s heart-warming speech to Jared Leto’s emotional one to Pharrell dancing with Meryl Streep, here are our picks for the night’s most memorable moments.
- Ellen’s monologue was so very Ellen
Ellen’s opening monologue was superb. Whichever category of Ellen love you fall into (face it she’s completely loveable) you’ll agree that her opening monologue was soooo Ellen. It hit all the right notes:
There was the warm, congenial wryness, like her opening line, “It’s been a tough couple of days for us here. It’s been raining.” There was even some unexpected sass, like when she totally dissed Liza Minnelli.
There was the mischievousness and wiliness leading up to the punchline.
“It’s the Hunger Games: There are cameras everywhere, you’re starving, Jennifer Lawrence won last year…” began one of the best bits, a long meandering remembrance of Lawrence’s fall up the Oscars steps last year. The standout punchline was wisely saved to close out the opening monologue. And it was perfect. Previewing the potential outcomes of the night, Ellen said, “Possibility number one: 12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture. Possibility number two: you’re all racist.” That punchline should’ve won over even those staunchest Ellen haters.
2. Jared Leto’s speech was damn near perfect.
There are only two things we really want to see when someone wins an Oscar. We want them to cry. And we want them to talk about their mother. Jared Leto may not have cried himself, but God help your robot heart if you weren’t weepy when Leto paid tribute to his mother after winning Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club.
“I love you mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream,” she said. “Awwwwwww,” we replied. Then, Leto upped the ante, acknowledging “the 36 million who have lost the battle to AIDS” and “those of you out there who have felt injustice because of who you are or who you love.”
About as close to perfect as a speech can get, right?
3. Pharrell made us all happy (guest starring Meryl Streep).
Pharrell’s Oscar performance of Best Original Song nominee “Happy” was just gleeful, he should get his own Glee episode(see what I did there). It was the best Old Navy commercial of all time, basically. It began with Pharrell adorably lurking in the forest of giant Oscar statues while singing the first verse. Then…IT’S LUPITA DANCING! IT’S MERYL STREEP SHIMMYING! IT’S AMY ADAMS DANCING, TOO! To close out the performance, some adorable tiny children start dancing, too. I mean, damn if the whole thing wasn’t called “Happy” for a reason.
4. Ellen took the best selfie of all time.
Ellen DeGeneres got Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kevin Spacey, Channing Tatum, Jared Leto, Bradley Cooper, Lupita Nyong’o, and her brother (who we can now Photoshop out and replace with our heads) to pose together in the same selfie.
There are of course people who will find the selfie silly and insufferable. Those people are the worst. Because this is the best. And the universe agrees because it got over 2 million retweets.
5. Lupita Nyong’o’s dreams came true.
A year ago Lupita Nyong’o was an unknown aspiring actress. Sunday night, she was being mauled by Liza Minnelli on her way to deliver her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress. The unbridled joy radiating from Nyong’o after winning Best Supporting Actress (a really strong category this year) for 12 Years a Slave, was, similarly, a joy to watch. “No matter where you’re from your dreams are valid,” she said.
Fittingly, I’ve also dreamed of being hugged by Liza Minnelli after winning Best Supporting Actress. #mydreamsareValid
6. Ellen fed Meryl Streep.
Ellen passed out pizza. The bit was long, as she was in probably the only room in the world where passing out pizza would be a difficult task. But she worked hard to sell it! I was buying. Best part of this whole sharing pizza business was that Brad Pitt was the plate boy.
7. Pink gave us chills.
It’s no secret that I have a problem with Pink and her aerobics. But God was I amazed last night. I do not know why Pink was at the Oscars singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and I do not care. It was flawless. She didn’t fly like she did at the Grammys, but with vocals so soaring she definitely didn’t need to. You know what this proves right?
Pink reads our blog.
8. Cate Blanchett was perfectly Blanchett-y winning Best Actress.
“Splendid” describes Cate Blanchett’s acceptance speech, which was extremely gracious and surprisingly rah-rah at one point, cheering on cinema starring and about women.
Cate Blanchett did thank Woody Allen. We definitely wouldn’t be discussing that one.
9. Matthew McConaughey gave an incredibly eloquent acceptance speech.
He was amazingly eloquent, and even though some people are upset the he said he’s been his own hero for many many years now dude has won an Oscar and he gave a great performance so suck it up.
“Alright, alright, alright”
10. When Steve Macqueen couldn’t contain his excitement about winning Best Picture.
Remember that one time Brad Pitt and Matthew McConaughey both won Oscars? Case closed.
11. When Jennifer Lawrence Fell Down- Again
Boy boy! Who saw this coming? that’s right- I did. Hehe
Thankfully dear JLaw has mastered the art of the “elegant fall” and managed to stand up, giggling and wave to the crowd. That didn’t stop Ellen from pulling all the punches:
“And you know the thing about when you fell out of the car tonight when you were getting out the car? No one needs to know about that,”
“I’m not going to mention that. She fell on the way out of the car,”
“Like on an orange cone you tripped or something. If you win tonight, I think we should bring you the Oscar.”
12. Liza Minnelli Wasn’t one of the cool kids
Of course there were some down sides to the Oscars. Like how we know that now that 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture, Tyler Perry is getting ideas about “Madea the slave” or something along those lines, and Lupita Nyong’o would be Lupita Nyong’o Pitt Jolie by the end of today (those guys are just infatuated with her) .
But all that’s pretty cool when we think about how much fun we had last night. What was your favourite moment?