Ellen DeGeneres hosted the 86th annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater on Sunday, March 2 in front of a live audience of millions, both at home and in house.
This was DeGeneres’ second time hosting. She had previously hosted the awards in 2007, for which she received a Primetime Emmy nomination for her individual performance in a variety or music program. This time around, DeGeneres created new hype for herself over her Twitter selfie that was taken with celebrities like Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep to name a few.
DeGeneres’ antics lead to a Twitter site crash mid-show, and she declared that it was the most re-tweeted photo in Twitter’s history. Aside from the social-media friendly hostess, there were a few other new notes to celebrate this year. This was the first award show ever available for live stream. This year, The Academy also focused heavily on music in film, making way for performances by Bette Midler, P!nk, and best song nominees.
The celebrities in the audience seemed to be most entertained when DeGeneres brought in a pizza delivery man.
“I lied. We weren’t going backstage,” DeGeneres said. She teased the employee who seemed to be enjoying himself as he dispersed pizza to the stars, making sure to get a piece to one of his favorites, Julia Roberts.
Big winners of the night included Lupita Nyong’o for best supporting actress, Jared Leto for best supporting actor, Matthew McConaughey for best actor, Cate Blanchett for best actress, and “12 Years a Slave” for best picture.
Family was a crucial factor in most acceptance speeches.
“…they are the four people in my life I want to make the most proud of me,” said McConaughey, referring to his mother, wife, and kids.
Leto also made an effort to reach out to his mother whom he thanked for raising him strongly, despite being a single parent. Leto’s mother and brother, Constance and Shannon Leto, were his dates to the event.
Family, music, film, social-media and fun were recurring themes throughout the night. Thanks largely to DeGeneres, the 86th annual Academy Awards may be remembered, especially online, as just that.