Ellen DeGeneres Makes Oscar History
Published By: Tara ClemMarch 3, 2014
The 2014 Oscar Awards definitely will go down in history for alot of firsts. Mixing humor with alot of crowd participation, Ellen DeGeneres makes Oscar History with some unusual hosting activities. Let’s say jokes, selfies, crowd pics and pizza made the 86th Academy Awards a historic event. Usually a stuffy industry event full of scripted performances and monologues, the 2014 Oscar Awards were far from the norm. This all thanks to Ellen DeGeneres!
Ellen started off the night by calling Best Supporting Winner, Jared Leto, “the most beautiful and prettiest of them all”. Leto won the Oscar for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. DeGeneres also commented that Leto’s co-star, Matthew McConaughey was also “very pretty”. Matthew McConaughey also took home Best Lead Actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club.
This was only the beginning of when Ellen DeGeneres makes Oscar History. She was out and about in the crowd, busting chops and taking alot of pictures that she tweeted. DeGeneres didn’t miss an opportunity to take a fun jab at Liza Minnelli. After she teased her for being mistaken for a male impersonator, she took time to get a picture with Liza during the broadcast, and tweeted it.
Then in another move as Ellen DeGeneres makes Oscar History, she literally melted Twitter when she took a group “selfie” during the broadcast of herself with Hollywood Royalty. Her goal was to tweet the picture, and then break history with the most “re-tweets” ever. Mission accomplished Ellen! The picture started off as just her and Meryl Streep but soon expanded to include Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence and Kevin Spacey in a picture taken by Bradley Cooper. As Ellen shared the picture on her Twitter page, it got over 1,076,971 in less than an hour. Then there was an epic fail, as the Twitter server failed! So major props as Ellen DeGeneres makes Oscar History and Twitter history!
After comparing the Oscars to the Hunger Games because “cameras are everywhere and everyone is starving”, DeGeneres took a fun jab at Jennifer Lawrence for her last year’s fall on her way to the stage to accept her award.
‘Who are we kidding? It’s The Hunger Games. There are cameras everywhere, you’re starving, Jennifer Lawrence won last year…Jennifer I am not going to bring up what happened last year when you fell…’ Ellen began.
Speaking of everyone starving at the Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres makes Oscar history again as she actually ordered pizza for members of the crowd. During the live broadcast, Ellen walked in the crowd and handed out slices of pizza to celebrities. Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Jared Leto and Martin Scorsese all reached for a slice. And not to leave the delivery man hanging, Ellen was passing around singer Pharrell’s hat asking for tips and money to pay for the pizza!
As Ellen DeGeneres makes Oscar History, the feedback from her hosting skills were glowing, and people say she did a great job. Crowd interaction, pizza delivery and a montage of “appropriate yet funny jokes”, made Ellen a phenomenal host for the 2014 Oscar Awards.