Last night the Oscars were awarded to Hollywood’s finest in a terribly long telecast. I stayed up well past my usual bedtime in order to watch the glamour and live tweet with my fellow fans during the best Oscar moments. Frankly, most of the show was terribly boring. Ellen DeGeneres is one of my favorite talk-show hosts and funny people, but her bits fell very, very flat during the show. Having a bunch of movie stars take a selfie or sit around eating pizza (look, we’re just like you!) was like having them wave handfuls of cash and their genetic lottery tickets in my face. No, thank you.
Regardless, there were some truly touching and memorable times. These are my top 8 best Oscar moments from 2014.
Angelina Jolie Presents with Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier is a legend. His appearance brought the audience to their feet. The moment was touching, a tribute to his long, trailblazing career; he was the first black person to win an Oscar, back in 1963.
Gabourey Sidibe Smirks
Anna Kendrick and Gabourey Sidibe came out to present the Oscar for Best Film Editing. While Kendrick read from the teleprompter, Sidibe gave a quick smirk at the description of what editors due. Was she unhappy with the drivel written for their category, or simply trying to scratch a nose itch?
Acceptance Speech for Original Song
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez accepted the award for Original Song for “Let It Go” from Frozen. They came up with a little ditty, complete with rhymes, that made their speech extra sweet.
Cate Blanchett’s Acceptance Speech
Ms. Blanchett won yet another trophy for her role in Blue Jasmine. Although she was not my choice to win (Amy Adams, American Hustle), her acceptance speech was wonderful, calling out Hollywood for its terrible lack of female-centric movies.
Lupita Nyong’o’s Acceptance Speech
One of the few surprises of the night was that Lupita Nyong’o won Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave, rather than Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle. Just seeing the shock and joy on the young actress’s face was a delight. Her speech came straight from the heart.
U2 Performs “Ordinary Love”
I’m an avid U2 fan, so sitting through nearly half of Ellen’s debacle to get to their performance was worth it. Rather than choke, like other performers that night, they gave a mini-concert like the pros they are.
Matthew McConaughey’s Acceptance Speech
Bongo man has taken home many trophies this awards season for his amazing turn in Dallas Buyers Club. His acceptance speech on Oscar night was genuine, heartfelt, and showed the good manners he learned growing up in the South. And best of all, we got a rendition of “allrightallrightallright.”
Bill Murray Mentions Harold Ramis
When Amy Adams and Bill Murray were introducing the nominees for Best Cinematrophy, Murray slipped one extra nominee into the list: his old friend and co-star, Harold Ramis, who just recently died. I’m a big fan of Bill Murray, and I fondly remember Stripes and Ghostbusters, in which Ramis co-starred. I felt that not only was Bill remembering Ramis, but it gave us pause to remember him, too.