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DeGeneres hosts most watched Oscars in ten years

By Kim Krulish Staff Writer | March 14, 2014 | variety

Matthew McConaughey received Best Actor for his performance in Dallas Buyer’s Club. Creative Commons

Matthew McConaughey received Best Actor for his performance in Dallas Buyer’s Club. Creative Commons

The Oscars: a little golden statue to signify that a certain actor, film, song/music, etc. was chosen as the best of the best in the category. An estimated 43 million people gathered to watch the ceremony, the most viewers in ten years, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres on Sunday, March 2. It was the most-watched entertainment telecast since the “Friends” finale in May 2004. However, the awards and who won which ones are not necessarily what everyone has been talking about.

With many talented actors and award-worthy films on the roster, hearts were broken and predictions were not so spot-on, although viewers seem to be happy with the outcomes. Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor for his role in Dallas Buyer’s Club and Cate Blanchett from Blue Jasmine took Best Actress; Disney’s Frozen, which fans have been extremely excited about, received Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Let It Go.” Gravity won Best Visual Effects and several others; Best Costume Design went to The Great Gatsby.

Of course, it’s not just about the awards. The hosts, roasts, and jokes are  a huge reason viewers watch the Oscars; and this year, with Ellen hosting, there was no shortage of joking and horsing around. The internet has been exploding with web surfers going nuts over many of the memorable events that had nothing to do with the actual awards ceremony.

Among fan-favorites, Jennifer Lawrence has apparently made tripping at the Oscars an annual tradition. The star wiped out last year going up the stairs to receive her award for Best Actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, but this year she was lucky enough not to be seen on live television when she biffed it on the red carpet. Unfortunately for J-Law, E!’s cameras still managed to catch her little tumble for the world to see later, ensuring that she will always be known for tripping at the Oscars. Lawrence was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in American Hustle, but did not bring home the gold this time around.

“Ellen should host more shows, and more often!” First-year Tatiana Ickler said.

She’s not the only person boasting that sentiment either. The internet and many people on it are all, but obsessed with Ellen’s crazy hosting, wild actions, and quirky comments throughout the Oscars, and for a few good reasons. Her performance was definitely one to be remembered as she poked fun at actors, ordered pizza in the middle of the ceremony, and took what is probably considered one of the most epic “selfies” of all time. This particular selfie included Ellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, and Lupita’s brother. Ellen tweeted the photo, which quickly became the most retweeted post ever—it even crashed Twitter for a short time. The comedic talk show host, amidst all of her joking, roasting, and other shenanigans, even compared the Oscars to The Hunger Games.

“Who are we kidding? It’s The Hunger Games. There’s cameras everywhere. You’re starving. Jennifer Lawrence won last year,” DeGeneres said, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Speaking of epic pictures that were taken at the Oscars this year, don’t forget about Benedict Cumberbatch aerial photobombing the band U2. Cumberbatch’s fans have been highly enjoying their idol’s antics, maybe a little too much. tumblr has recently been filled with even more posts about the “Sherlock” actor, who was in 12 Years a Slave, which won Best Picture among other awards. To make sure that his photobomb attempt was not in vain, Cumberbatch jumped not just once, but twice with his arms stretched out and a humorous expression on his face for full effect.

“He should photobomb more often. It’s hilarious!” Ickler said.

Fans aren’t going to forget anytime soon is Leonardo DiCaprio once again leaving the ceremony without an Oscar. For years, fans have been demanding, begging, and pleading for DiCaprio to, for once, not just be nominated but to be awarded one of those little gold statues. However, once again, their prayers have gone unanswered and they will be left to vent on their blogs and posts over the loss, with hopes for a different outcome next year.

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  1. aacopiadoras says:

    It was the first time I watched the whole show and I´m glad I did! My expectations were low about Ellen being the ideal host but it surprised me! I´m a fan now

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