Well folks, it’s that time of year again when we must wave goodbye to award season. We’ve seen many a flowing dress, listened to dozens of acceptance speeches, and tonight, witnessed the birth of the most epic selfie ever taken. If that last item doesn’t sound quite right to those of you who skipped the party (I’m looking at you, The Walking Dead lovers), take a look at the best moments you missed.
The Pizza Party
After months of making sure that they’ll fit into their attire, celebrities are undoubtedly a bit hungry by the time they reach the Academy Awards ceremony. Host Ellen DeGeneres took it upon herself to reward their discipline by celebrating another successful award season with a (very fancy) pizza party. Harrison Ford, Kerry Washington and Christian Bale were among those who nabbed some slices. It was basically the cool version of our elementary school birthday parties, starring Room Parent Brad Pitt, who was on hand to pass out plates and napkins.
Pharrell and His Back-up Dancers
No offense, but when I think about past musical performances at the Academy Awards, “exciting” isn’t really the word that springs to mind. So, you can imagine my delight to see Pharrell singing the upbeat “Happy” on stage with flashing lights and spunky dancers. The greatest moment of his performance, though, was when he stepped into the crowd to have some fun with some particularly enthusiastic dancers – Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams – who were happy to be part of the number.
Lupita Nyong’o Experienced an Actual Disney Princess Moment
I mean, look at her in that dress and tell me she’s not a Disney Princess. Watching her climb the stairs to accept her first Oscar with the music swelling behind her was a magical moment regardless of what she was wearing, but her airy, pale blue gown definitely helped make her the belle of the ball.
We’re Probably Not Going to “Let it Go” Anytime Soon
Broadway star Idina Menzel performed the song “Let It Go” from her (now two-time Academy Award winning) movie Frozen. While she was fabulous, the real gem of this segment came when John Travolta hit the stage, where he was meant to introduce her performance to the audience. Instead, he said something more along the lines of “Please welcome the wickedly talented, the one and only, Adele Dazeem.” John Travolta said that. That’s a thing that really happened. He might as well have said “afdjkalfdjskjkdla” because that, too, sounds nothing remotely like “Idina Menzel.” Twitter yelled. Tumblr laughed. John Travolta just walked off stage and pretended that nothing happened.
The Legendary Selfie
Ellen declared that she wanted to receive the most retweets ever by posting a selfie of herself and Meryl Streep on Twitter. Which surely would’ve gotten a lot of retweets. With the addition of Julia Roberts Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Lupita Nyong’o Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence and Channing Tatum crammed into a selfie taken by Bradley Cooper, Ellen found herself the new record holder for most retweets ever, and it was kind of awesome to watch.
I feel as though I must end on that note, because nothing can really top a record-breaking selfie, can it? I guess we’ll have to wait until next year to find out. Until then, here’s the full list of winners of last night’s show:
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Directing: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty, Italy.
Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her
Animated Feature Film: Frozen
Production Design: The Great Gatsby
Sound Mixing: Gravity
Sound Editing: Gravity
Original Score: Gravity, Steven Price.
Original Song: “Let It Go” from Frozen
Costume: The Great Gatsby
Makeup and Hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club
Animated Short Film: Mr. Hublot
Documentary Feature: 20 Feet from Stardom
Documentary (short subject): The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Film Editing: Gravity
Live Action Short Film: Helium
Visual Effects: Gravity