A record breaking selfie and pizza.
These two things could be an easy way to summarize this year’s Academy Awards but like with every Oscars, you can never sum up the night that easily. There’s always too much drama, too many wins (“Gravity”) and too many losses (sorry Leo) to ignore.
So, here’s a recap of all the Oscar madness that went down during film’s biggest night.
First off, Ellen DeGeneres did a hilarious job as the night’s host but that’s hardly surprising to those familiar with the famous comedian.
DeGeneres made sure there was plenty of interaction between her and the audience. Passing out pizza to collecting money with Pharrell’s infamous hat made up for some classic Oscar moments.
Her interaction with the star-studded audience didn’t stop there.
DeGeneres then pulled out her cellphone, ready to snap a selfie with Meryl Streep. Feeling ambitious, DeGeneres’ declared that she wanted her picture with Streep to become the most re-tweeted photo in Twitter history.
Jennifer Lawrence, noting the potential this photo could have, decides she wants to be apart of the glory as well. This movement culminated and then eventually Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts and Kevin Spacey among others were standing behind Bradley Cooper ready to take the now legendary selfie.
After the photo was taken, DeGeneres then posted the selfie on Twitter.
Within the hour the photo racked up one million retweets and even managed to crash the site.
Speaking of wins, “Gravity” grabbed seven Oscars, walking away with the most awards that night, dominating the technical categories.
“12 Years a Slave,” as expected won the biggest award, Best Picture. Director, Steve McQueen let out a well-deserved, enthusiastic jump in to the air at the end of his speech putting a close to the night’s show.
The ceremony also included musical performances by Pharrell, Idina Menzel also known as Adele Dazeem (I’m looking at you John Travolta), Bette Midler, Karen O, U2 and P!nk.
An impressive lineup for a very entertaining Oscars.
In the end, this year’s show left the viewer feeling inspired. From the movie hero montages to Lupita Nyong’o’s acceptance speech for Best Actress, it was hard not to feel empowered in some way.
“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid,” said Nyong’o.
For Nyong’o and the other million hopefuls out there, the Academy Awards still provides inspiration and a source of magic to those who love film.