The 2014 Academy Awards drew the largest audience in ten years with some 43 million viewers watching. No doubt this was aided by the fact that both professional football season and Downton Abbey are over.
Here are some of the most memorable moments of the evening.
Jared Leto wins Best Supporting Actor
Jared Leto received the first award of the evening for his role in Dallas Buyer's Club. His speech started the evening on a high note as he paid tribute to his mother, with him in the audience. Leto said "I love you mom. Thanks for teaching me to dream." Leto also acknowledged "the 36 million who have lost the battle to AIDS" and "those of you out there who have felt injustice because of who you are or who you love."
Ellen's Selfie Breaks Twitter
Ellen DeGeneres returned as Oscar host this year, the first time she's been back, as she pointed out, in seven years. This selfie taken by host DeGeneres broke Twitter for more than 20 minutes.
Liza was not amused.
On hand with her sister and brother for a 75th Anniversary tribute to The Wizard of Oz, Liza Minnelli was not amused when DeGeneres said, "And I have to say one o the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have seen in my entire life....just really, seriously. good job, sir." Minnelli was visibily annoyed.
Wizard of Oz Tribute
With Judy Garland's children, Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft in the audience, singer Pink performed a flawless version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow while images of The Wizard of Oz, nominated for best picture 75 years ago, played on the screen. At the 1939 Oscars, The Wizard of Oz lost to another MGM classic, Gone with the Wind.
Glenn Close and Bette Midler lead Oscar tribute.
An Oscar tradition recognizes the industry members who have passed in the years since the last award ceremony. Academy Award winner Glenn Close introduced this years tribute. Following the video montage, Bette Midler came out and performed Wind Beneath My Wings from the movie Beaches.
Pizza at the Oscars
Oscar attendees have complained in the past that the show is long and they tend to get hungry. Kristen Bell tweeted that she had a burrito in her purse. Host Ellen DeGeneres asked the crowd if they were hungry and promised to order pizza. And did. Later in the program DeGeneres and a pizza delivery man from Big Mama's & Papa's Pizza shared pies with the audience. DeGeneres took up a collection from the audience and later gave deliveryman Edgar Martirosyan a $600 tip.
Jennifer Lawrence falls again.
Jennifer Lawrence who fell up the stairs on her way to receive last year's Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook fell again on the red carpet on the way into the Oscars. Host Ellen DeGeneres told Lawrence, "If you win tonight, I think we should bring you the Oscar." When she arrived on stage to present the award for Best Actor, Lawrence asked the audience, "Why are you laughing?"
All right, All right, All right
Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor for his role as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyer's Club. In his acceptance, McConaughey said that in his life he needs God, his family and someone to look up to, who happens to be his future self striving for what he will be. McConaughey closed with his signature line from Dazed and Confused, "All right, all right, all right."
Let it Go, John
John Travolta began by proclaiming his love for musicals and ended by lighting up social media with everyone asking “what did he call her?” He butchered Idina Menzel’s name. Menzel didn’t let that deter her from giving an amazing performance of Let It Go from Frozen. The song went on to win the Oscar for best original song.
12 Years a Slave wins Best PIcture
2014 was a year for powerhouse nominees for Best Picture. As the evening closed, the Oscar went to 12 Years A Slave, based on the memoior of Solomon Northrup a freed man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. 12 Years a Slave beat out American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, and The Wolf of Wall Street.