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In what some people felt was one of the closest Oscar competitions in years, the 86th Annual Academy Awards were pretty predictable. As expected, Best Picture went to 12 Years A Slave, which also won for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o. Matthew McConaughey continued his award season winning streak, taking home Best Actor for Dallas Buyers Club, as did Cate Blanchett, who won Best Actress for Blue Jasmine and Jared Leto, who nabbed Best Supporting Actor for Dallas Buyers Club. Other winners included: Frozen, Best Animated Feature; Alfonso Cuaron, Best Director for Gravity and Spike Jonze, Best Original Screenplay for Her.
After the controversial selection of Seth MacFarlane as host last year, the Academy decided to play it safe with Ellen DeGeneres and safe is what they got. Ellen’s best joke came at the expense of Jennifer Lawrence and her fall at the Oscars last year. Lawrence also tripped on the red carpet last night, prompting Ellen to crack, “if you win tonight I think we should just bring you the Oscar.” (That didn’t happen because Jennifer lost.)
Throughout the evening Ellen was constantly in the audience, talking to, and taking pictures with celebrities, her selfie with the stars did crash Twitter to become the most re-tweeted picture ever.
Although most of the show was a snooze-fest, there were a few highlights. Jared Leto started things off with a lovely speech in which he thanked his mom and also got a little political. Lupita Nyong’o continued her streak of heartfelt acceptance speeches, this time dedicating her award to anyone who’s ever had a dream. Darlene Love brought down the house when she broke into song after her film 20 Feet From Stardom won for Best Documentary. Musical performances by Pharrell, U2 and Idina Menzel (or Adel Dazeem as John Travolta introduced her) were actually a nice break from the “thank you,” as was Pink’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” during the tribute to The Wizard of Oz. And Bill Murray gave a great, brief shout out to the late Harold Ramis before announcing the Best Cinematographer winner.
Finally, in a pre-show highlight, Benedict Cumberbatch gets the award for the best photobomb, for jumping into a red carpet picture with none other than U2.
But, let’s talk about what everyone really watches these shows for – the fashion. Celebs making the best-dressed list include: Charlize Theron, in a black Dior gown with illusion straps; Lupita Nyong’o in sky blue Prada (although it wasn’t nearly as great as her Golden Globes dress); Sandra Bullock in a navy strapless Alexander McQueen gown; Kristen Bell in a white beaded Robert Cavalli; Jennifer Lawrence in a red strapless Christian Dior and Kate Hudson, in a white beaded gown by Versace. And of course, even more fun is the worst dressed. This year’s fashion flubs include: Angelina Jolie in a long sleeved metallic Elie Saab; Julia Roberts in black lace gown from Givenchy; Julie Delpy in an ill-fitting crystal Jenny Packham; Whoopi Goldberg in an even uglier version of the dress Julia Roberts wore to the Golden Globes; and not to leave the men out, Pharrell makes the list for his tuxedo jacket with shorts (come on, we know he can afford a pair of long pants).