Aplomb, pizzas, a Twitter world record, a first Oscar for an African-American director and more of the same for Di Caprio – the 86th Academy Awards flaunted all this and more.
While there was Idina Menzel’s (not Adele Dazeem, Mr. Travolta) cerebral performance, Jennifer Lawrence tripped again, laughed it off and made us fall in love with her, again.
Here are some articulated gems from the night that was :
“Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live.” said Mr. McQueen, who dedicated 12 Years A Slave to those who had endured slavery
“Why are you laughing?” quipped Ms. Lawrence to an audience which has come to expect a stumble every time she takes the stage
“We have made history tonight.” said the host Ellen DeGeneres, alluding to this selfie (rather celfie) which spread faster than wildfire and reportedly bought Twitter to its knees
“Meryl has been nominated for an Oscar a total of 18 times. It sounds good, but if you do the math, between dresses, hair and make-up, that’s hundreds of thousands of dollars. Simply put, Meryl cannot afford to be nominated again.” joked Ellen in her monologue
She was briilliant by the way, ordering pizzas and all. The Internet wants her to reprise the role for the awards in 2015.
“It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else’s. 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.” intoned Nyong, on her Oscar-winning role in 12 Years a Slave
“To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here and as you struggle to… to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible… We’re thinking of you tonight. And this is, is incredibly special as well because there’s so many people that helped me get here.”, Jared Leto, in his poignant acceptance speech, hailed by many as the best of the night
Backstage he asserted “You look down and you see Leo and Meryl. At one point I found myself talking right at De Niro — as if the room wasn’t intimidating enough. So I just looked back over at my mom.”, truly whelmed by the occassion
While Cumberbatch was all too delighted photobombing U2’s photo op, we just hope the Academy Awards return next year with more pizzazz (not just pizzas), the scintillating DeGeneres and a statue for Leo. Woah that’ll be some headline!