Watch: Speeches & Ceremony Highlights from 86th Academy Awards
by Ethan Anderton
March 2, 2014
Awards season is over and 12 Years a Slave and Gravity went home with the biggest accolades from the 86th Academy Awards (check out the full list of winners right here). But if you didn't catch the live broadcast of the ceremony hosted by Ellen DeGeneres last night, we've got some of the highlights that you should take the time to watch, including acceptance speeches from winners like Lupita Nyong'o winning Best Supporting Actress in the aforementioned Steve McQueen directed drama, and a great speech from Matthew McConaughey who won Best Actor and again delivered the signature phrase we all love. Watch!
First, Ellen DeGeneres kicked things off with a cute but not spectacular monologue:
Fortunately, later she redeemed herself by starting the best pizza party ever:
Then taking a record-breaking selfie with some recognizable faces:
As for the winners, Lupita Nyong'o gave the best speech of the night for Best Supporting Actress:
Bill Murray paid a quick but perfect tribute to the late Harold Ramis while presenting:
Original Song nominees performed, including
Adele Dazeem Idina Menzel singing "Let It Go" from Frozen:
Speaking of, here's songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez accepting that award:
Here's Alfonso Cuaron accepting Best Director for his phenomenal work on Gravity:
And Cate Blanchett gave a lovely speech after winning Best Actress:
Matthew McConaughey gave a touching speech from the heart after winning Best Actor:
And finally, director Steve McQueen and producer Brad Pitt accepted Best Picture:
Well, that's it for all the best highlights from last night's show. Ellen DeGeneres did a fine job hosting, but this was one of the more boring Oscar ceremonies in recent memory. Many folks on Twitter were calling for presenters like Bill Murray and Jim Carrey to host the show next year. The musical performances were a nice touch, but the theme of heroes (which was vague enough to include pretty much all main characters) was uninspired and lame. At the end of the day, the most important thing is the winners, and 12 Years a Slave and Gravity were undoubtedly deserving of everything they got. So did you like this year's show?
Reader Feedback - 2 Comments
Was I the only person who was pissed off at the fact that they failed to mention James Avery during the memorial segment? James Avery along with others, ofcourse.
ali3000 on Mar 3, 2014
Absolutely, good call. Cory Monteith was also left out of the proceedings, though I'm sure Avery had amassed enough 'film' credits to be included.
97point6 on Mar 3, 2014
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