The 86th-annual Academy Awards ceremony was off to a running start this year beginning with the Oscars Red Carpet Live. Tyson Beckford referred to Julia Roberts as Jessica, causing the trending hashtag #JessicaRoberts, that Jimmy Kimmel “mean tweet skit” and, of course, this year’s fashion moments with the the women in dazzling gowns and the men wearing those dapper-looking tuxedos.

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Ellen DeGeneres, host of this year’s Oscars show on Sunday, Mar. 2, kicked off the show with some of her classic joke telling. She included making fun of Jennifer Lawrence’s faux pas of falling yet again and Meryl Streep’s history of Oscar’s nominations.

The evening began with Jared Leto’s “dreamers” acceptance speech for best actor in a supporting role in “Dallas Buyer’s Club.” He ended the speech with, “Tonight I stand here with you and for you” when speaking about some of the injustices going on in the world.

Pharrell Williams sang his song “Happy”, one of the nominees for best original song from Despicable Me 2—again wearing his iconic hat from the Grammy’s, this time in black. Karen O also performed “The Moon Song” from the movie “Her.”

Six aspiring filmmakers also had the opportunity to be on stage and have their time in the spotlight for submitting their own 60-second shorts of their hopes for the future.

The best-animated feature film went to “Frozen”…really no surprise there, right? The movie topped 1-billion dollars in the box office and was one of the most standout Disney films in recent years.


U2 performed their song “Ordinary Love” from the film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” also nominated for best original song. The performance ended with a photo of Nelson Mandela being displayed in the backdrop, commemorating him through their lyrics.

Cate Blanchett took home the Oscar for best actress in a leading role for her captivating performance in “Blue Jasmine,” beating out crowd favorite Sandra Bullock. Lupita Nyong’O also won the Oscar for best actress in a supporting role for her evocative role in “12 Years A Slave.”


Whoopi Goldberg introduced the 75th anniversary commemoration to “The Wizard of Oz” donning ruby red slippers. P!nk sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” while images and parts of the movie flashed by on the screen. Judy Garland’s children were also part of the commemoration process.

A separate commemoration in memoriam was offered for the actors/actresses and people in the filmmaking industry who passed away this past year. It ended with an amazing performance of Bette Midler singing “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

Idina Menzel began singing the long-awaited performance of “Let It Go” from “Frozen” a bit subdued but eventually transformed into a wonderful performance, complete with icy, prismatic-glittering backgrounds and curtains. The song also won best original song. (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez) Their “sing-song” acceptance speech was one of the most memorable of the evening…even a hinting to a possible Frozen 2 was added to the mix.

The most anticipated part of the evening, the winner of best picture, went to “12 Years A Slave.” Introduced with a drumroll and awards being presented by the six aspiring filmmakers, the cast made an impressive entrance to the stage to accept the final award of the evening. At the end of the speech, they acknowledged people who used to and now still endure slavery.


The night was filled with wonderful performances, memorable moments, even a pizza delivery and Ellen providing her comedic persona as host, complete with many selfies during the evening.

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The photo beat the previosuly held record for most retweets. (over a million)
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Other achievements of the evening included (some of which received their first Oscar):

  • Best costume design Catherine Martin for her work on “The Great Gatsby.”
  • Best makeup and hairstyling Robin Mathews and Adruitha Lee for their work on “Dallas Buyer’s Club.”
  • Mr. Hublot as best animated short film. (Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares)
  • Best visual effects went to “Gravity.” (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould)
  • Best live action short film “Helium” (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson)
  • Best documentary short subject “The Lady in No. 6: Music Saved My Life” (Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed)
  • Best documentary feature “20 Feet From Stardom” (Morgan Neville)
  • Best foreign language film, Italy’s “The Great Beauty”
  • Best sound mixing went to “Gravity” (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)
  • Achievement in sound editing also went to “Gravity” (Glenn Freemantle)
  • Achievement in cinematography for “Gravity” (Emmanuel Lubezki)
  • Achievement in film editing went to “Gravity” (Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger)
  • Achievement in production design “The Great Gatsby” (Catherine Martin, Beverly Dunn)
  • Best original score went to “Gravity” (Steven Price)
  • Best adapted screenplay “12 Years A Slave” (John Ridley)
  • Best original screenplay “Her” (Spike Jones)
  • Achievement in directing went to “Gravity” (Alfonso Cuaron)

What was your favorite Oscar moment?