THE OSCAR GOES TO . . . .

The 85th Academy AwardsÆ will air live on OscarÆ Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Last night marked the Academy Awards, (better known to many as The Oscars). It’s a night where the film industry’s biggest stars come out to shine. The respect in the theater by their peers is massive, along with the thousands of fans in attendance and millions watching at home.

This year, saw a change-up of host, as day-time TV talk show queen, Ellen DeGeneres took over the reigns – and did she ever deliver! She didn’t need any gimmicky style opening video which placed her in the movies nominated for an Oscar. Instead, she opened the show the best way she knows how, with an opening monologue. In pure Ellen style, the monologue was clean and poked fun at celebs in the audience, which were nominated. She had fun at many people’s expense, even joking with Jennifer Lawrence who was nominated for ‘Supporting Actress’ (American Hustle). Last year at the Oscars, Lawrence was walking up the stage to accept her award, when she tripped over her dress. In true Ellen fashion she mentioned the fall, joked about it, even mentioning that Lawrence had a mishap on the red carpet arrivals, tripping that very night. She joked about how embarrassing it must have been and that she wouldn’t continue to talk about it. The punch line of the joke came when Ellen mentioned that if Lawrence won, that they would deliver the award to her in her seat. The only time where the monologue jabbed at someone or became inappropriate (depending on who you ask) was when Ellen caped off her monologue by mentioning ‘Best Picture’ film nominee “12 Years A Slave”. Ellen joked, saying:”Anything could happen tonight! So many possibilities! Possibility number one, 12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture. Possibility number two, you’re all racists. And now, please welcome our first white presenter, Anne Hathaway.” The audience laughed, and really anyone with a sense of humour, did as well.

For a three-hour long broadcast, which in shows past have been (at times) drawn out, dry and stiff, Ellen shot a dose of spunk and creativity into the show. Ellen has her finger on the pulse of pop culture, and that’s why we loved seeing her play host for the ceremony. Some hilarious moments included her asking the crowd of nominees if they were hungry and if she were to order a pizza, if they would have some. A couple of awards later in the broadcast, Ellen came out with a pizza delivery guy, serving pizza to celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Jared Leto. Mid awards, usually the presenter will shoot out some corny jokes and gear up for the next presenters. However, Ellen tool this opportunity to take the most star-studded A-list celebrity selfie in the history of selfies! The selfie saw Ellen sandwiched between Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie actually broke Twitter! Seriously, Twitter crashed due to how many retweets the now über popular pic has gotten. It’s even past Barack Obama as the most retweeted picture of all time – gaining over 2 million tweets (and still growing!).

Even though Ellen and her antics were definitely the big “winner” of the show, we loved seeing actors Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey take home an Oscar for their roles in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ – which was our favourite movie from the group nominated for ‘Best Picture’. Jared Leto won for ‘Actor in a Support Role’ and his acceptance speech was touching, humbling and kicked off the show, as it was the first award handed out. In one of the most graceful acceptance speeches, Lupita Nyong’o stole our hearts with her acceptance speech, taking home an Oscar for her role in ’12 Years a Slave’. The show saw some great musical acts as well, including Pink’s rendition of the classic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.

We can’t think of a better host for the awards show and after being entertained (and not even flipping the channel throughout the entire telecast) we say, Ellen for Oscars host in 2015! Let’s make it a repeat Academy! 

Check out the complete list of winners who walked away with the coveted golden Oscar.

86th Academy Awards winners

Best Picture
12 Years a Slave

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Best Animated Feature
Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho)

Best Cinematography
Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)

Best Costume Design
The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin)

Best Directing
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)

Best Documentary Feature
20 Feet from Stardom (Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen, Caitrin Rogers)

Best Documentary Short
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (Malcolm Clarke, Nicholas Reed)

Best Film Editing
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger)

Best Foreign Language Film
The Great Beauty (Italy)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews)

Best Original Score
Gravity (Steven Price)

Best Original Song
Let It Go – Frozen

Best Production Design
The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn)

Best Animated Short Film
Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares)

Best Live Action Short Film
Helium (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson)

Best Sound Editing
Gravity (Glenn Freemantle)

Best Sound Mixing
Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)

Best Visual Effects
Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould)

Best Adapted Screenplay
12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)

Best Original Screenplay
Her (Spike Jonze)

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