Sunday’s Academy Awards was one of the most watched Oscar ceremonies in history — and for good reason. With Ellen hosting the show it was funny, heartfelt, and incredibly entertaining. Leo may have not gotten his statue, and John Travolta may have flubbed a name, but regardless of any mistakes made or losses in your betting pool, the show was truly a big hit! Here are five highlights from this year’s Oscars.
1. Ellen’s Pizza Party
When do you get to see Hollywood’s hottest celebrities chowing down on pizza? Never. Leave it to Ellen to turn the Oscars into one big pizza party. From Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep, to Brad and Angelina, the crowd just couldn’t resist when the pizza deliveryman (who was a real deliveryman, by the way) made an appearance. It was a great way to lighten up a event that is usually so serious.
2. The Heartfelt Acceptance Speeches
Lupita Nyong’o, Jared Leto, Cate Blanchett, and Matthew Mcconaughey all gave refreshingly heartfelt and inspiring acceptance speeches when they took the stage to claim their Oscar wins. Whether they were thanking their mothers, families, or their production team, there was a vibe of sincerity and humbleness that is not always present at award shows, but was very lovely to see. All the winners gave incredible performances and definitely deserved those golden statues.
3. The Selfie Heard Round the World
What do you get when you put a bunch of A-List celebrities together in one picture with Ellen? You get a photo that crashed Twitter. After Ellen snapped a “selfie” on her phone with some of the biggest celebrities on the planet — including Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Spacey and Brad Pitt, to name a few — tweeters around the world took notice and retweeted the photo over 2.7 million times. The photo generated so much attention that it actually crashed Twitter, and broke a record for the most retweeted tweets of all time, and the first Twitter user to top 1 million retweets for a single post.
4. A Special Appearance By Frank Underwood
The Oscars was full of great presenters, including our favorite TV President from House Of Cards, Frank Underwood. Kevin Spacey took the stage after Darlene Love sang “I sing because I’m happy,” and the actor immediately got in to character by saying in his best Frank Underwood voice, “and I sing because it’s so nice to be out of Washington and here with all my Hollywood friends.” The crowd was full of laughs and Jennifer Lawrence was seen saying, “Oh my god, it’s Frank Underwood.” Kevin Spacey made such an impression that President Underwood was trending on Twitter shortly afterward.
5. Diversity Among the Winners
The 86th Annual Academy Awards made history this year in terms of diversity. For the first time in history, the best picture winner, 12 Years a Slave, was directed by a black filmmaker — British director Steve McQueen. This was also the first year a Latino-Mexican director — Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity – took home the statue for best director. In addition, only two of the top six awards went to Americans. With all the diversity at the Oscars, it goes to show that no matter where you’re from or what you do, motion pictures have a way of bringing people together.