Academy Awards

Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres hosted the Academy Awards on Sunday night, March 2. If you didn’t catch the Oscars, it felt like the longest award show in history, going until midnight EST. Some of the acceptance speeches were a bit too long, but the stars looked gorgeous as usual and the performances were a ton of fun. Here are some of the highlights:

The Most Star-Studded Selfie Ever. Ellen rounded up a ton of celebs, including Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, J-Law, Bradley Cooper, and more. She tweeted out this picture with the caption “If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars.”  I’d have to agree with you. Some of Ellen’s other funny moments were her ordering pizza for the audience, stealing actors’ chairs and hosting from the audience, and of course, her live tweets. Oh, and her princess dress.

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Image Source: Ellen’s Twitter, @TheEllenShow and AFP

Best Supporting Actor/Actress. Jared Leto won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his character Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club. He gave a speech about AIDS and the tensions in Venezuela and Ukraine. Way to be current on the news, but a simple thank you would have sufficed. Lupita Nyong’o took home the Oscar for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave. She was incredibly adorable accepting her award.

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Best Actor/Actress. Dallas Buyers Club provided another Oscar for a male role – Best Actor in a Leading Role went to Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof. Cate Blanchett won Best Actress in a Leading Role for her character Jasmine in Blue Jasmine.

Matthew McConaughey accepts the Oscar for best actor for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club" at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood

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Best Picture went to 12 Years a Slave. Gravity won a bunch of awards for the technical stuff nobody really pays attention to. Costume and Production design awards went to The Great Gatsby.Overall, an exciting evening of awards and stars! I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen 12 Years a Slave yet, and it’s definitely now on my list.

– Greta Hallberg