A night at the Oscars

Ellen Degeneres snaps the  most-retweeted selfie in history with several A-List celebrities.

Ellen Degeneres snaps the most-retweeted selfie in history with several A-List celebrities.

By: Madelaine Ho

The Academy Awards ratings hit a 10-year high and were up four percent from last year’s event. Over 43 million viewers tuned in to watch comedienne Ellen Degeneres host the show.


“12 Years a Slave” won the most coveted award of the night for Best Picture. It is the first movie from an African-American director to win the highest honor.


“Something to look up to. Something to look forward to. Something to chase. All right! All right! All right!” said Matthew McConaughey during his acceptance speech for his win in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category for his part in “Dallas Buyers’ Club.” The award is McConaughey’s first Oscar win.


Hostess Ellen Degeneres kicked off the award show with a monologue that included lighthearted jokes aimed at some of Hollywood’s A-List movie stars. Degeneres also couldn’t resist joking about California’s wet weather in the days leading up to the Oscars. The heavy rain forced the Academy Awards organizers to scramble to waterproof the red carpet in preparation for the celebrities’ arrivals.


“For those of you watching around the world, it has been a tough couple of days for us here. It has been raining. We’re fine. Thank you for your prayers,” Degeneres said.


She poked fun at “American Hustle” actress Jennifer Lawrence for her infamous trip to the stage at last year’s Oscars to accept her award.


“If you win tonight, I think we should bring you the Oscar,” DeGeneres joked to Lawrence.


Degeneres snapped a selfie with several A-List actors and actresses during the broadcast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper, Channing Tatum, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey and Lupita Nyong’o. The photo was posted on Twitter and was retweeted a record-breaking 2.5 million times. The tweet read “If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever.”


Degeneres later said that she was going to order pizza for the stars in the audience, and it turns out she wasn’t kidding. After a commercial break, she and a pizza delivery guy walked out into the audience with three boxes of pizza and handed them out to whoever wanted some. Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Jared Leto, and Brad Pitt all took a slice. She teased Oscar nominated actress Sandra Bullock, saying she didn’t have money and asked Bullock to tip the delivery guy.


“Sandy, you have money. You’ve got a lot of money. You can tip him, right?” Degeneres joked. Earlier in the week, news broke that Bullock is set to make over $70 million for her role in “Gravity”.


Among the winners from Sunday night was Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “12 Years a Slave” and Jared Leto in the Best Supporting Actor category, for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club.” It is the first Oscar win for both Nyong’o and Leto. Cate Blanchett took home the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her part in “Blue Jasmine.” “Gravity” was awarded with the most honors, walking away with a total of seven Oscars, including Best Director and Best Original Score.


For a complete list of winners visit www.oscar.go.com/nominees


The award show also featured performances by Pharrell Williams, who performed his hit song, “Happy,” from the animated film “Despicable Me 2.” Idina Menzel belted out “Let it Go” from the nominated animated film “Frozen,” Karen O sang “The Moon Song” from Best Picture nominee “Her,” and Brad Pitt introduced U2 to the stage to perform “Ordinary Love.” Alecia Moore, also known as Pink, paid tribute to “The Wizard of Oz” singing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” while the late actress Judy Garland’s children, including daughter Liza Minnelli sat in the audience to remember their mother. Garland is best known for her role as Dorothy in the iconic film. Legendary actress Bette Midler performed “Wind Beneath My Wings,” as a tribute to the late actors and actresses that have passed away in the last year.


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