By: TAYLOR CARDEN
(Gainesville, Ga.) As a huge fan of films and those involved in the process, you can always find me watching awards shows during awards season. The Academy Awards are the end all be all of awards show so I was not going to miss it. I was also looking forward to Ellen DeGeneres’ second time hosting. This year marked the 86th annual Academy Awards and although the show lasted a half hour over its three hour time span, having Ellen as host made it a little more enjoyable.
Ellen opened up the show with a joke about the weather in California, “For those of you watching around the world, it has been a tough couple of days for us here. It has been raining.”
Ellen spoke about how exciting it was to be in a room full of such talented people before getting her camera out to commemorate the night – by taking a selfie of herself on stage.
The night boasted a tribute to Judy Garland and The Wizard of Oz with Alecia Moore, otherwise known as P!NK, singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Afterwards, Ellen appeared on stage in Glinda the Good Witch’s gown. I thought it was hilarious.
She joked about ordering pizza by asking audience members if they would eat some if she ordered it and then later on in the evening she actually ordered pizza. Brad Pitt handed out paper plates for colleagues such as Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, etc. Even later in the night, Ellen took Pharrell’s large hat to collect tips from audience members. She scolded Brad Pitt for only putting in $20 when he was in two pictures this year.
Ellen continued a great night by breaking twitter by taking a selfie including Jared Leto, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Lupita Nyong’o, her brother, and several more. The photo was then retweeted more than two million times. Way to go, Ellen!
Overall the night was quite enjoyable and just reaffirmed reasons why I would love to be best friends with Ellen DeGeneres and most of the people in that selfie with her.