Meryl's dancing, Ellen's 'selfie': 7 highlights of the 2014 Oscars
MANILA, Philippines – Ellen DeGeneres lit up the 86th Academy Awards on her return as host on Sunday, March 2 (March 3 in Manila), ordering pizza, taking a star-studded selfie and poking fun at her audience in a well-received performance on Hollywood's biggest night of the year.
But alongside Ellen's natural brand of comedy, were equally laughable highlights that made the evening most memorable.
Here are some of this year's stand-out Oscar moments:
1. Ellen's record-breaking Oscar "selfie"
In a moment that will perhaps go down in both Oscar and internet history, host Ellen DeGeneres created a Twitter sensation when she suddenly hopped into the audience and corralled a gaggle of A-listers into the shot for a "selfie."
It quickly became the most retweeted message ever on the micro-blogging platform. The photo has been retweeted more than 2.2 million times, shattering the previous record of 800,000 set by President Barack Obama's re-election message in November 2012.
"We crashed and broke Twitter. We have made history," she told the crowd during the broadcast, when her picture went viral.
"See, Meryl, what we did, you and I?" she boasted, referring to multiple Oscar-winner Meryl Streep, who crowded in next to a grinning DeGeneres in the photo.
The selfie also included Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, and Lupita Nyong'o.
2. Ellen teases Jennifer Lawrence for falling on the red carpet
Jennifer Lawrence was one of the celebrities targeted by host Ellen DeGeneres in her opening monologue, revealing that the star had tripped earlier on the red carpet.
In a red Dior gown, the American Hustle best supporting actress nominee tripped while on the red carpet, clinging to the back of a woman for support.
Lawrence's latest red carpet blunder followed last year's memorable Oscar moment when she took a tumble as she ascended the stage to collect her best actress award.
"If you win tonight, I think we should bring you the Oscar," DeGeneres quipped to the American Hustle star, who eventually lost out to Lupita Nyong'o in the best supporting actress race.
3. Matthew and Leo's man hug
"Poor Leo," sighed netizens all over the globe after the actor, yet again, went home without the coveted golden statue. For those who were disappointed at hearing Matthew McConaughey's name instead of Leo's, a tender moment between the two actors can perhaps lessen the grief.
After a smooch from his wife and an embrace from Dallas Buyers Club co-star Jared Leto, Matthew proceeded to give Leo a big man hug, on his way to receiving his best actor award. In the bittersweet moment, a smiling Leo, who is also his Wolf of Wallstreet co-star, welcomed him.
4. Pharrell dancing with Meryl, Amy, and Lupita
Pharrell Williams' song "Happy" urged people to "clap along" to the cheery tune, and as he performed in this year's Oscars, some of Hollywood's biggest stars did just that – and more.
As the performer hopped off the stage to interact with the audience, stars seated on the front row Lupita Nyong'o and Amy Adams got up on their feet to do their own happy dance. Even veteran actress Meryl Streep gave a little wiggle in her seat.
"Happy," from the soundtrack of animated film Despicable Me 2 was one of the nominees for best original song, an award given to "Let It Go" from the Frozen soundtrack.
5. Fil-Am Robert Lopez enters the EGOT circle
"We have so many people to thank, luckily everyone's name rhymed," said Filipino-American Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the songwriting tandem responsible for this year's best original song "Let It Go." The couple then proceeded to thank their colleagues and family through a custom musical speech.
They ended their speech with a message to their daughters.
"This song is inspired by our love for you and the hope that you never let fear or shame keep you from celebrating the unique people that you are."
Robert Lopez, whose tune "Let It Go" from the animated feature Frozen won the Oscar for best original song, on becoming the first Filipino-American to win an Academy Award. With his win, Lopez has earned a rare "EGOT" distinction: he now has an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.
"Filipino pride. I'm so excited, I'm just sending love to the Philippines. I know they've had a tough year and I just send out my feelings to them," said Lopez according to Agence France-Presse.
6. Cate Blanchett's speech: "Suck it"
"Sit down, you're too old to be standing," joked best actress winner Cate Blanchett, to the Academy Awards audience who greeted her with a standing ovation as she accepted her best actress Oscar for portraying a fallen New York socialite in Blue Jasmine.
Her intro was the first of many notable lines in her acceptance speech for her second Oscar in a decade.
The 44-year-old actress went on to thank director Woody Allen for casting her, a move that won't go unnoticed given that her win came shortly after the legendary director made headlines after being accused of molesting his daughter in the past.
Blanchett acknowledged her fellow nominees and also said a cryptic line, “Julia, hashtag, suck it. You know what I mean?”
7. Idina Menzel sings "Let It Go" live
Frozen fans had their wishes granted when Idina Menzel performed "Let It Go" live at the Oscars. This, however, was not a first for the Broadway star, as she, along with other cast members Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff, previously performed several of the film's songs at a private gathering last January.
After the worldwide success of Disney's animated blockbuster, and now Oscar best animated film winner, several versions and covers of the theme song have popped out online, including a multilingual version featuring 25 languages.
Listen to the film version of "Let It Go" here:
– With reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com
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