From Ellen's Twitter-Breaking Group Photo to Lupita's Speech, Our Favorite Oscar Moments
That's a wrap! The 86th annual Academy Awards have finally concluded, marking the end to a very exciting and surprising awards season (which featured unforgettable moments from Jared Leto's comeback in Dallas Buyers Club, to Lupita Nyong'o's breakout role in 12 Years a Slave). In case you missed the almost 4-hour long Ellen DeGeneres-hosted Oscars ceremony, scroll down to see our six favorite moments!
1. Ellen DeGeneres' Shout Out to Jared Leto During host Ellen DeGeneres' monologue at the opening of the Oscars, she not-to-subtly named Jared Leto the most beautiful person in the room. We kind of agree -- just look at his luscious locks.
2. Jared Leto's Emotional Acceptance Speech The Dallas Buyers Club actor hasn't kept his admiration and love for his mother Constance a secret all throughout awards season, and during his acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor, he had the audience inside the Dolby Theatre gushing. "In 1971 in Bossier City, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard, and do something special. That girl is my mother and she’s here tonight. And I just want to say, 'I love you, Mom and thank you for teaching me to dream.'" Aww!
3. Pharrell Williams' Got the Stars To DanceDuring Williams' "Happy" performance, stars including Lupita Nyong'o, Meryl Streep, and Amy Adams danced with the Oscar-nominated singer, who brought back his infamous Vivienne Westwood hat.
4. Ellen's Epic Group PhotoWhen can you get a photo with Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Bradley Cooper, Lupita Nyong'o, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep (who admitted to Ellen, "I've never tweeted before!") and Channing Tatum? Apparently when you're at the Oscars! After Cooper snapped the group shot, DeGeneres shared her photo on Twitter which quickly broke records as the first tweet to break a million retweets, beating out Barack Obama's "4 More Years" tweet. Now that's some serious star power! #oscars #blessed
5. A Night of Firsts for Lupita Nyong'o"When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid," Nyong'o said during her eloquent acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress, which left the audience in tears. This not only marks Nyong'o first Oscar for her first motion picture film ever, but she is the first Kenyan actress to win an Oscar in this category.
6. 12 Years a Slave Wins Best Picture How do you celebrate winning Best Picture at the Oscars? By pulling a Steve McQueen and jumping up and down onstage. The director and his cast and crew—including the dapper Brad Pitt—celebrated the historical film's big win which all started with a book penned by Solomon Northup.
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