There was nothing surprising about Sunday night’s Academy Awards. There were no big upsets to cry over and Gravity walked away with seven awards, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron and almost every sound and visual award possible.
But what the Oscars lacked in thrills, they tried to make up for in charm because that’s what you do when you have someone as personable and gracious as the night’s host Ellen Degeneres.
For most of the night, it looked like the writers didn’t have much for Ellen to say during the filler bits because none of it seemed scripted. It was like she thought of ideas just an hour before the show and they all ran with them. It was slightly disappointing to have such a thinly planned out show but to have the opportunity to see photos of Brad Pitt handing out paper plates as Ellen Degeneres doled out pizza to the famous crowd was pretty amazing. Let’s also not forget the most star-studded selfie that she took with almost everyone and which was later retweeted over two million times.
— ANDPOP (@andpop) March 3, 2014
Despite all the highs, the show wasn’t that exciting. It felt sparse, unmoving but, at least, a little fun, so let’s get right to it.
HIGH: Jennifer Lawrence falling on the red carpet
Jennifer Lawrence falling shouldn’t be charming but it is thanks to her laughing off the whole ordeal.
LOW: Two hour long pre-shows
The Oscars are already more than three hours long. Do we really need to watch all the beautiful people make their way into the theatre? (We’ll make an exception for Lupita Nyong’o because we’re gasping for air right now.)
HIGH: Benedict Cumberbatch photobombs U2 on the red carpet
He may be super serious on Sherlock, but Benedict Cumberbatch is as goofy as it gets and we love it.
LOW: Lack of opening number
Almost every day, Ellen walks up and down the aisles of The Ellen Show encouraging her audience members to get up and dance. Sadly, there was none of that last night.
HIGH: Jared Leto’s Best Supporting Actor speech
The man with the most beautiful hair we’ve ever seen gave a touching speech that involved thanking his mother, brother and his band 30 Seconds To Mars. The only dip into oddity was his mention of Ukraine and Venezuela, two countries currently dealing with civil unrest. Noble? Yes, but a sharp veer to the right where tone is concerned.
LOW: John Travolta botching Idina Menzel’s name
Seriously, did no one rehearse for the Oscars?
HIGH: Pharrell’s Performance of “Happy”
The hat made a comeback because it made everyone happy. Okay, so we don’t know that for sure but we did love it when Pharrell danced with Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Cute!
HIGH: Ellen’s super selfie
From taking selfies on stage to going into the audience to take photos with the likes of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong’o, Ellen’s selfie game was off-the-charts last night. It was also really cute how Meryl Streep said, “I’ve never tweeted before!” And for her first tweet ever, she, Ellen and a bunch of other famous people racked up over two million retweets for their efforts (not to mention our time).
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
HIGH: Lupita Nyong’o’s speech
Lupita’s acceptance speech for best supporting actress for her work on 12 Years A Slave was flawless: “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s.” Let’s also not forget: “May it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”
HIGH: Bill Murray’s ad-libbed tribute to his friend Harold Ramis
Good on ya, Bill.
HIGH: The “Let It Go” writers’ adorable speech
Duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez gave one hell of an adorable speech when they accepted the Best Original Song award for Frozen’s “Let It Go.” They mostly rhymed the names of everyone they wanted to thank. It should also be noted that the win makes Robert Lopez an EGOT winner, having previously racked up an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony before finally getting his Oscar last night.
HIGH: Karen O and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig perform “The Moon Song” from Her
They replaced the ukelele with a guitar and Joaquin Phoenix with Ezra, but it was still so twee. And nothing hurt.
LOW: The “Heroes” Theme
It gave us a lot of pointless montages that we could’ve done without. No more themes, please. We did, however, like how many super heroes were in the crowd: Thor (Chris Hemworth), Captain America/former Johnny Storm (Chris Evans), the soon-to-be new Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).