This is the night when Hollywood salutes its brightest stars, while we sit on the edge of our seats and breathlessly anticipate who is best-dressed. Oh, and they give out some nifty awards, too. The 86 Academy Awards was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and featured laughter, tears and some excellent acting from nominees in the audience who didn't win.2014 Oscars: All the Winners >>>
Ellen Kills It as Host
Ellen DeGeneres, in her second appearance as Oscar host, brought down the house. After a slow start, Ellen kicked her monologue into high gear. I also loved when Ellen popped into the audience to interact with the nominees and even ordered pizza for the audience. Hilarious!
Jared Leto's Emotional Speech
Jared Leto, who took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Dallas Buyers Club, thanked his mother, who gave birth to him as an unwed teenager. His heartfelt emotion was moving. He also acknowledged all those who have lost their lives because of AIDS.
Jim Carrey Gets Uncomfortable
Jim Carrey's presenting style could best be described as bitter, party of one. After addressing his lack of acting nominations, Carrey's impersonation of his hero, Bruce Dern, fell flat and was sort of crazy. This was one moment that is going to be talked about, but not in a good way.
A Singing Thank You
The winner of the documentary feature 20 Feet from Stardom featured an impromptu song from Darlene Love. She brought the audience to their feet in a standing ovation.
U2 Rocks the Stage
The band's phenomenal and stripped-down performance of "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom was certainly memorable.
A Tearful Yet Joyous Moment
When a teary Lupita Nyong'o won Best Supporting Actress, her smile at winning was reflected back to her by the crowd and by their standing ovation. It was a triumphant moment when she stated that dreams are possible no matter where you are from.
Pink Goes Over the Rainbow
Pink sang a lovely version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" to commemorate the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz and actress Judy Garland. She was introduced by Whoopi Goldberg and her fabulous ruby slippers.
Help from His Invisible Friends
Spike Jonze won Best Original Screenplay for Her, and went on to thank some friends on stage, who are apparently invisible to the naked eye. I am really not sure what is going on with his comments. Ellen seemed a bit thrown by his speech as well.
McConaughey is "Alright, Alright, Alright!"
He claimed the Best Actor award and his speech was both sweet and serious. His mention of his deceased father, looking down with a pot of gumbo, was a wonderful tribute.
All in all, the 2014 Academy Awards was a fun, but incredibly long, show. Did your favorite moment make our list? Sound off in the comments below.
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