So Just What Were 4YE’s Oscars Highlights?

Photo: @TheEllenShow/Twitter
Photo: @TheEllenShow/Twitter

We had tears. We had laughter. We had photobombs, selfies and pizza. We had Jennifer Lawrence falling over….again.  Last night’s Oscars surely rates as one of the best ever for so many reasons, and here are just a few reasons why.

1: The winners.

Science-fiction space drama Gravity was the night’s big winner, with Alfonso Cuaron picking up best director. The film also scooped awards for cinematography, editing, visual effects, sound editing and mixing as well as best original score.

Best picture went to 12 Years a Slave, with Lupita Nyong’o being awarded best supporting actress for her role in the film.

Disney’s massive hit Frozen also fared well, picking up the award for best animated film and also best song for Let it Go, performed by Idina Menzel who voices the character Elsa in the film.

Cate Blanchett won best actress for Blue Jasmine, and Matthew McConaughey was awarded best actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club (Sorry, Leo!) with Jared Leto winning best supporting actor for his role as transgender aids patient Rayon in the same film.

2: The speeches.

Lupita Nyong’o– whom my daughter is convinced is actually Princess Tiana- looked stunning in a sky blue Prada gown and delivered an empowering acceptance speech which I hope will be an inspiration to millions of children all over the world. “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,” the actress said.

Jared Leto dedicated his award to “The 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS. And to those of you who have ever felt injustice because of who you are and who you love, I stand here in front of the world with you and for you.”

And the beautiful Cate Blanchett reminded filmmakers that films with women at the centre are no longer “Niche experiences. They are not. The world is round, people.”

3: Benedict Cumberbatch photobombing at any available opportunity.

On the red carpet with U2, and in the audience with Ellen, Benedict did what any self-respecting celeb should do on such a dignified occasion. He photobombed in the most spectacular fashion, and the world press went crazy.

Photo: Mike Blake / Reuters
Photo: Mike Blake / Reuters

4: Jennifer Lawrence.

Always a refreshing change, poor old JLaw managed to trip on the red carpet on her way onto the ceremony, grasping the poor woman in front of her and needing assistance from a cop to right herself. Ellen then took great pleasure in mentioning it in her opening monologue and Jennifer being the absolute star that she is, laughed it all off in style.

5: Musical performances.

We had Pharrell, we had P!nk, we had U2, Karen O and Bette Midler. But for me, the performance of the night went to the awesomely talented Idina Menzel for her performance of Let it Go.

6: Ellen DeGeneres

Where to even start? The perfect host, she put everyone at ease, made everyone laugh, dressed as Glinda, and –most importantly, ordered….

5: Pizza!

“Who wants pizza?” she called as she walked around the audience. Celebs seemed very taken with the idea, and the next thing we know, Pizza boxes are being passed around, Meryl Streep is chomping down and Brad Pitt is handing out paper plates like a hot dad at his kids birthday party.

6: The world’s best selfie.

Quite possibly the most epic photo of all time, Ellen called, celebs gathered, and the result broke Twitter.

Photo: @TheEllenShow/Twitter
Photo: @TheEllenShow/Twitter

7: And then there’s poor Liza.

I have to admit to laughing so hard I cried at this

Poor Liza, it just wasn’t meant to be. (But she did get her own selfie with Ellen in the end.)

Photo: @TheEllenShow/Twitter
Photo: @TheEllenShow/Twitter

8: And finally…. John Travolta’s hysterical blunder.

When he took to the stage to introduce Idina Menzel he somehow managed to fluff it spectacularly and call her something along the lines of Adele Dazeem. Big oops, John!

The night may not have held any surprise winners, but then it is the Oscars, don’t forget- hardly renowned for being shocking- but the show was one of the best in years. The celebrities seemed relaxed and happy, host Ellen did a wonderful job, the fashion was as wonderful as ever, and the most retweeted photo ever was created. Bring on Oscars 2015!

And maybe…just maybe…it’ll finally be poor old Leo’s year.

What were your Oscars highlights? We would love to know

Becky Fuller

Lover of all things theatrical, literature related, musical and Gleeful. Writer, actress, wife and mother.
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