Culture / Television

86th Academy Awards: beauty, blunders, and pizza

By Katie Olson

The 86th Annual Academy Awards, held on Sunday, March 2nd, was full of surprises. Aside from the Academy’s habitually prevalent controversy, beauty and blunders abounded. But when your program host is Ellen DeGeneres, anything that goes wrong will be bushed off with a laugh. Here’s a list of the best things that came out of this year’s Oscars.

Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech

Actor Matthew McConaughey took home the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as AIDS activist, Ron Woodroof, in the film, Dallas Buyers Club.

The Academy likes to be controversial. There’s nothing like the rage you experience after watching one of your favorite films of the year get snubbed of the highest reward. This year, Matthew McConaughey took home the Oscar for Best Actor, rewarding his work in Dallas Buyers Club. McConaughey, 44, was up against an extremely talented group of men: Christian Bale (American Hustle), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave).

The minds of those who initially disagreed with the Academy’s decision were changed when McConaughey was seconds into his acceptance speech. The actor addressed God (“That’s who I look up to”), his family (“That’s who I look forward to”), and his hero (“That’s who I chase”).  The audience erupted in cheers at the end of his speech where he referenced his famous Dazed and Confused line: “Alright, alright, alright” and “just keep livin’.”.

 John Travolta butchers Idina Menzel’s name

On Sunday night, John Travolta squinted into the lights of the Kodak Theater stage. No one thought it peculiar because that seems to be how the actor usually appears. But it became clear that confusion was paired with Travolta’s squinting, as he announced Idina Menzel, a famous Broadway actress, as Adele Dazeem.

The actress took the stage to perform the Oscar-winning song, “Let It Go”, from Disney’s animated film, Frozen. But this was not without repercussions to Travolta. Earlier today, Slate Magazine published a page on their website where people can “Travoltify” their names. Type your name into their widget and see what comes up!

Watch Travolta’s mishap here:

Karen O’s live performance of “The Moon Song” with Ezra Koenig

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s frontwoman, Karen O, and Vampire Weekend’s frontman, Ezra Koenig, performed a duet of “The Moon Song” from the movie Her. The film took home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Karen O (left) and Ezra Koenig (right) sit on the Oscar stage steps to sing

Karen O (left) and Ezra Koenig (right) sit on the Oscar stage steps to sing “The Moon Song”.

Karen O and Koenig sat on the steps of the stage, her read dress spilling down the steps, and Koenig sitting next to her with an acoustic guitar. The performance was intimate and heartwarming; a perfect touch to the glamorous evening.

Watch the performance on Pitchfork.

Increased pizza sales for Big Mama’s and Papa’s Pizzeria

Oscar host, Ellen DeGeneres, was a perfect choice to direct the program. As if her personality wasn’t enough to keep the audience and viewers entertained, DeGeneres took a few extra steps. One step was taking the “most retweeted” selfie with a handful of big names in the middle of the show.

DeGeneres urged her fellow celebrity friends to get in on her selfie during the Oscars. The photo “broke Twitter” and now has over 3 million retweets.

Then, DeGeneres went on to order three boxes of pizza for those in the audience. Edgar, the pizza delivery guy, had no idea that he was being called to deliver pies to the Oscars. The pizza company, Big Mama’s and Papa’s Pizzeria on Sunset Boulevard, saw a 500 percent jump in online sales after their small cameo at the awards show.

Ellen DeGeneres using Pharrell’s famous hat as a tip jar

After various celebrities had scarfed down pizza slices in their gowns and tuxedos, DeGeneres took Pharrell’s famous hat (that has a strange resemblance to the Arby’s logo) and asked everyone for tips.

DeGeneres collected everything from Brad Pitt’s pocket change to Lupita Nyong’o’s lip gloss. She then gave all the earnings to Edgar, the pizza delivery guy. He had no idea what he was in for when he went to work that day.

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