Thursday 18 April 2019

Ten things everybody's talking about from this year's Oscars

Pizza, anyone?
Pizza, anyone?
Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Degeneres and Jared Leto join for the Twitter-busting selfie (AP)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

The 86th Academy Awards ended this year’s awards season with a bang.

Ellen DeGeneres took to the stage as presenter for the second year and film stars like Matthew McConaughey, Lupita N’yongo, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep graced the Hollywood red carpet with their presence.

As the stars chill with their golden statues and a few beers in the early hours of the morning in LA, we bring you the ten things you should know about last night’s awards.

1. The selfie that ‘broke Twitter’

Ellen DeGeneres’ second year as host went without a glitch. The US TV host couldn’t resist a star-studded selfie and ran off the stage to grab a snap with some of Hollywood’s finest. Bradley Cooper did the honours and took the snap as stars Lupita N’Yongo, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kevin Spacey and Meryl Streep among others crammed themselves into the phone screen.

The selfie broke the record for the most retweeted tweet of all time, knocking Barack Obama’s ‘Four more years’ snap with wife Michelle off the perch. By 6am this morning, the photo had already been retweeted two million times.


The selfie that broke Twitter. Ellen DeGeneres's pic with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Meryl Streep got retweeted 1.7 million times in the first hour.

What was more heart-breaking, however, was Liza Minelli attempting to join the ‘best selfie ever’ and failing.

Liza Minnelli (in dark blue) trying so hard to get into the selfie gang, but failing.

See our gallery of the best celebrity selfies from the night here:

2. And the best photo-bomb goes to...

Benedict Cumberbatch earned his own social media kudos last night as he photo-bombed U2 on the red carpet. Suited and booted, U2’s Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr’s pre-performance photo was crashed by the ‘Sherlock’ star.

Best Oscars photo-bomb? Actor Benedict Cumberbatch jumps behind U2 at the 86th Academy Awards

3. Jennifer Lawrence falls... again

The ‘American Hustle’ actress became a global sweetheart after she tripped accepting her Best Supporting Actress award last year. The 22-year-old fell again this year, this time tripping as she waved to fans on the red carpet. Like they say; if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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4. Irish at the Oscars

Although the Emerald Isle were represented this year in Hollywood, the crew left award-less. Irish-German actor Michael Fassbender was beaten to Best Supporting Actor by ‘Dallas Buyers’ Club’ favourite Jared Leto. Irish rockers U2 were also pipped to the post for Best Original Song by animated flick ‘Frozen’. However, U2 did receive a standing ovation after their performance of ‘Ordinary Love’.

The Edge, Bono and Larry Mullen Jr. of U2 arrive at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

5. Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech

The pressure is on for a Best Actor award acceptance speech but Matthew McConaughey managed to mix humour and emotion in what was the best speech of the night.

“First off, I want to thank God because that's who I look up. He's graced my life with opportunities,” he said.

“He's shown me that it's a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.

“To my family is to what I look forward to. To my father who I know is up there right now with a big pot of gumbo, he has a big lemon meringue pie over there.

“He's probably in his underwear and has a big can of Miller Lite and he's dancing right now. To you dad, you taught me how to be a man. 

“To my mother [Mary] who's here tonight, who taught me and my two older brothers -- demanded -- that we respect ourselves. And in turn we were able to learn how to respect others. Thank you for that mama.

He began to cry as he continued to speak about his wife Camila Alves and their sons Levi, six, Livingston, two, and four-year-old daughter Vida: “You are the four people in my life that I want to make the most proud of me. Thank you.”

Matthew McConaughey, best actor nominee for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club", and his wife Camila Alves McConaughey and mother Mary Kathleen McCabe

6. Pharrell – the crowd-pleaser

Nothing gets the Oscars crowd going as much as Pharell’s hit ‘Happy’, it seems. The singer jumped down from the stage to jive with Meryl Streep and Lupta N’yongo.


7. Pizza, anyone?

Another thing we learnt last night at the Oscars? Brad Pitt is a major fan of pizza. The actor chowed down on free slices of pizza as boxes were passed around halfway through the show.

8. Kim Novak’s face

Kim Novak’s face became the most-tweeted aspect of the show last night. The 81-year-old took to the stage with Matthew McConaughey to present the award for Best Animated Feature. Social media exploded as commentators analysed her frozen-like face and stilted script-reading.

9. Opening Monologue

Ellen DeGeneres took to the stage for the second time, and has already joked about preparing for her third stint as Oscars presenter. Here is her opening monologue.

10. Lupita - the new J-Law?

Best Supporting Actress Lupita has won the hearts of the world. Not only did she look amazing in a Prada gown she helped design herself, dance and laugh with Pharrell, and take a place in the most retweeted image of all time, she also smuggled her brother in. Watch out Jennifer Lawrence...

Lupita Nyong'o, best supporting actress winner for her role in "12 Years a Slave", speaks on stage at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES TAGS: - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) (OSCARS-SHOW)

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