The Oscars are essentially the crown jewel of awards season; the Super Bowl of cinematic accomplishment, if you will. At the end of each telecast there are always the moments that caused you to double-take, or go online to watch them again. Here are my top-five moments.
1. The Selfie Heard ‘Round the World
While killing some host-time, Ellen DeGeneres made her way through the audience, where she corralled a group of A-listers and had Bradley Cooper take a selfie. The picture was immediately uploaded to DeGeneres’ Twitter account, where it made history by becoming the most retweeted photograph of all time. There was so much attention paid to the tweet that it actually crashed Twitter momentarily.
2. Matthew McConaughey Wins Best Actor
Alright, alright, alright! Matthew McConaughey parlayed his first career Oscar nomination for Dallas Buyers Club into a win, and continued his magnificent career turnaround – being dubbed The McConaissance – which includes a Golden Globe for the same category. McConaughey has come a long way from his reputation as the requisite romantic comedy pretty boy, beginning with The Lincoln Lawyer and culminating with his performance as Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club. Most critics are predicting an Emmy in his future as well for the magnificent work he’s been turning in on HBO’s True Detective.
3. Bill Murray is Still Unpredictable and Endearing
Bill Murray presented the Oscar for Best Cinematography alongside Amy Adams, and after rattling off the list of nominees, he paid homage to his friend Harold Ramis, who passed away the week before.
“”We forgot one. Harold Ramis for ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Groundhog Day.’”
The crowd responded with a round of applause, and it made for a touching, impromptu moment in an awards show that, for the most part, sticks to its script.
4. Bizarro John Travolta
This wouldn’t be considered a ‘best’ moment, but definitely notable. At this point I’m convinced that John Travolta has been replaced by an extraterrestrial doppelganger. He appeared utterly robotic as he took to the stage with a blank gaze and introduced Broadway star Idina Menzel, but disastrously mispronounced her name as something that sounded like ‘Adele Dazeem.’ It was odd, it was difficult to watch, but it was absolutely memorable.
5. Lupita Nyong’o Wins Best Actress
Actress Lupita Nyong’o was officially introduced into the lexicon of great film stars as she won the Best Actress Oscar for 12 Years a Slave. She gave an earnest and heartfelt acceptance speech which touched many in the live and television audience.