Would it be too much to ask the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to hire Ellen Degeneres to host the Oscars every year? You have to admit, most award shows suffer from becoming boring, but I can’t remember laughing so hard during any other telecast this season. It was obviously a joint effort that made it such a success, we’re looking at you John Travolta, but it was the talk show host and COVERGIRL spokesperson who helped spread a super fun vibe starting with her opening monologue.
It’s important to mention that Ellen doesn’t really push the envelope in order to get laughs. You won’t see her throwing around insults a la Russell Brand, she opts to keep things light and silly which is what you’ve come to expect from her—- and it worked!
The Selfie Heard Round the World
Sponsor Samsung should got their moneys worth and then some with the record-breaking selfie featuring the biggest stars in the room. With her Samsung Galaxy Note in hand, Degeneres recruited Bradley Cooper, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong’o and brother Peter, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Julia Roberts and Channing Tatum earning a total of 2 million retweets beating current record holder President Barack Obama.
Even more hysterical is a photo later sent out showing Liza Minelli, who attended alongside her sister Lorna Luft and brother Joey Luft for a special “Wizard of Oz” tribute to their mother Judy Garland, who tried desperately to be part of the selfie but was too short.
Pizza Meets Couture
When you’re Hollywood royalty, you get used to the finer things in life. But since Ellen counts most, if not all of them close friends, she had multiple boxes of pizza delivered during the live telecast! Chiwetel Eliofor, Brad Pitt, and mostly everyone featured in the selfie, chowed down in their couture ensembles.
Ellen didn’t forget about the pizza boy, who found himself in the middle of the action surrounded by Hollywood’s elite. She passed around Pharell’s Vivienne Westwood hat around to collect a hefty tip from Harvey Weinstein and others still chowing down on the pies.
Was John Travolta absent from Academy Awards rehearsals? The “Pulp Fiction” star was tasked with introducing Idina Menzel ahead of her performance of “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen” but instead called her Adela Dazeem. About 5 internet seconds later, Dazeem had a parody Twitter account opened and now boasts 13,000 followers!
If this was the first time this type of thing happened to poor Travolta, we’d be quicker to forgive. Last year he made headlines for mispronouncing “Les Misérables” also at the Oscars. Let’s hope if he gets another turn as presenter, they let him introduce someone with a much easier name.
“Gravity” Cleans House
The “Best Picture” Oscar may have gone to “12 Years a Slave,” but “Gravity” took home a total of seven Academy Awards, the most of any film, including “Best Director” for Alfonso Cuaron. This is no surprise however, the Mexican director nabbed the title at nearly every award ceremony this year including the BAFTA’s, Golden Globes, and the Directors Guild of America Awards.
During his acceptance speech last night Cuaron joked about the result of the five years it took to complete “Gravity,” “What really sucks is that for a lot of these people the transformation was wisdom, for me it was just the color of my hair.”
Jared Leto Stands with Venezuelan Protestors
Celebrities have used their acceptance speeches to support many causes in the past. Last night, Jared Leto used his time on stage to send a message of solidarity to those protesting against the government in Venezuela and Ukraine.
“To all of the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight, in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say, ‘we are here,’” Leto said. “As you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight.”
How long before Latina Magazine considers putting him on the cover?
What were your favorite moments from the Oscars?