Well, the Oscars are over. After Seth MacFarlane hosted in 2013, Ellen DeGeneres hosted the 2014 event. While many considered her to be tame, the show brought in a tad more viewers than last year’s show and it seemed like many of the categories were tight races. But here are what I felt were the Top 5 and Worst 4 moments of the show:
5. Ellen DeGeneres – I have liked most Oscar hosts sans James and Anne, including the classic Billy Crystal and the boundary pushing Seth MacFarlane. However, I really enjoyed what Ellen brought to the table. Yeah, it really was a lot like her talk show in respect to her jokes and gags, but it genuinely seemed like the stars were enjoying it as well.
4. The Stars – I think the stars were more willing to do some fantastic things this year. Whether it was seeing many of the first row dancing along to “Happy” or pitching in for some pizza, it seemed like the stars were willing to get their hands dirty at this year’s Oscars.
3. The Songs – Some people don’t like Pink or U2, but their performances along with Pharrell Williams, Idina Menzel, Karen O, and Bette Midler were all very fun during the night. I’m pretty sure most of the world was dancing along to at least one of the songs.
2. Acceptance Speeches – This might’ve been the year where more acceptance speeches have some memorable quotes. It all started with Jared Leto’s touching speech and ended near Lupita Nyong’o’s beautiful acceptance speech about where she came from and her humbling journey.
1. Bill Murray – His little side note to Harold Ramis during the cinematography category was so touching and heartfelt. It was one of the best things that could’ve happened during the Oscars.
4. The Presenters – It seemed like 75% of the presenters during the awards couldn’t read the teleprompter to save their lives. We saw footage of a dress rehearsal the day before, so there really isn’t any excuse.
3. Cheryl Boone Isaacs – The Academy president’s speech was not needed during this. In a show where they always say the acceptance speeches are too long, why was this little bit needed? And she really did keep rambling and rambling.
2. Will Smith presenting Best Picture – The man who came out with “After Earth” in 2013 is the same man who is trying to tell us all about the great films of 2013. I’m half surprised he didn’t just lie and say that “After Earth” won.
1. John Travolta – Who is Adele Dazeem? I’m pretty sure John Travolta was supposed to be introducing Idina Menzel, but nonetheless, the performance of “Let It Go” followed. The song also won “Best Song” for the night.