Last night was, in short, crazy. Ellen DeGeneres hosted, and she was phenomenal. From her opening monologue to her waving goodbye, and all the crazy, chill, and OMG-did-that-really-just-happen moments in between. Let me take you through what I thought were last night’s greatest moments.
Let’s start with Ellen.
She had asked if anyone would want pizza about half-way through the night, and most of the celebrities raised their hands. It seemed like it was a joke, until she guided a pizza delivery man through the audience handing out cheese, veggie, and what looked like sausage pizza. Martin Scorsese, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt, Kerry Washington, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts were a few who sampled a slice. Important Update: the pizza delivery man’s name is Edgar and Ellen collected a $600 tip from the celebrities in the audience at the Oscars for him, and added $400 of her own, totaling a $1000 tip. That is how to be a pizza delivery person.
Naturally, if we are talking about Ellen, we have to talk about the record she broke last night. Let me just say, Ellen is the only person who could take a selfie at the Oscars and shut down Twitter. This selfie (pictured above) received almost 3 million retweets. That’s some serious star power.
Aside from the hilarity generated by Ellen, Pharrell’s performance of his song ‘Happy’ from Despicable Me 2 was dance-y and managed to get even the most uptight A-list stars dancing along with him.
However, not all of the night’s best performances were songs. Some of the best performances of the night were acceptance speeches. Matthew McConaughey gave a wise and insightful speech in his heart-melting Southern drawl after winning Best Lead Actor for Dallas Buyers Club. Lupita Nyong’o also gave such a sweet, heartfelt speech after winning Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave. I actually saw 12 Years a Slave and she was evocative, raw, and hauntingly good. She deserved that Oscar. Even her acceptance speech was on-another-level. You go girl!
All of the night was exciting, and surprisingly relaxed. From the set pieces used at the Oscars to Pink’s Wizard of Oz Tribute (which was so emotional and so well done, and that dress? Flawless) and everything else that the night had in store, this year’s Oscars were truly iconic.