86th Oscar Awards the best performance of the decade

By Austin Fortner, E23

Lights, Camera, Action! The 86th Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday, and the show gave viewers plenty to talk about. This was the best Oscars show in years, and it all begins with the host, Ellen DeGeneres.

Ellen delivered on all aspects. She started the night by taking slight jabs at actors around the room, but her loveable personality had everyone—except maybe Liza Minnelli—grinning from ear-to-ear. At one point in the evening DeGeneres ordered pizza for the entire audience and took a selfie with some other awesome celebrities. There was never a dull moment during the ceremony, and Ellen was a major reason for that. One can only hope that Ellen is invited back to host next year

Of course the evening contained some not-so-spectacular moments as well. Unlike last year, this year’s musical performances were mostly horrible. Idina Menzel struggled with “Let It Go,” Pharrell’s “Happy” performance was childish and the other acts were just boring. The only good performance came from U2, which was not something anyone could have predicted.

Some moments were just weird. John Travolta butchered his introduction to Idina Menzel by referring to her as “Adele Dazeem.” Jennifer Lawrence awkwardly yelled at an audience member—reportedly, Ellen DeGeneres—before she presented. Then on top of that Matthew McConaughey presented with an arguably insane woman who stole the spotlight. The historically elegant event packed plenty of crazy moments, but crazy is good.

The actual awards were not as surprising. “Gravity” took home seven awards, mostly in the technical categories. Lupita Nyong’o took home Best Supporting Actress, Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor and “12 Years A Slave” won Best Picture. Cate Blanchett and Jared Leto also received awards. In case you did not hear, Leonardo DiCaprio remains Oscar-less. Ironically enough, the awards were the least entertaining moments of the night.

Of course it is not the Oscars without discussing fashion. Kate Hudson, Sandra Bullock, Lupita Nyong’o and Cate Blanchett all looked stunning. Meanwhile, Anne Hathaway and Pharrell did not impress. All in all though Hollywood delivered on the fashion front.

The 86th Oscars had the best ratings in ten years, and it is no wonder why. The Academy got it right this time, and it was a perfect way to end award show season. Bravo, Hollywood.