Oscars Show Breaks Records In More Ways Than One
Celebrity gridlock reigned on the red carpet.
Nominee Jennifer Lawrence actually tripped—again! America's clumsiest sweetheart fell over a traffic cone, similar to her fall last year on her way to receive her Best Actress Oscar.
Host Ellen DeGeneres said on stage, "If you win tonight, I think we should bring you the Oscar. I don't want to risk..."
Moms were the hottest dates of the night. Jonah Hill, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey and Leonardo DiCaprio all brought their moms.
This year, the musical performances were among the more-anticipated moments of the show. Pharrell Williams got the stars dancing as he performed nominated song "Happy" from Despicable Me 2.
A moving moment came when Judy Garland's three children, Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, and Joey Luft stood as part of a celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. They were introduced by Whoopi Goldberg, who showed INSIDE EDITION how she got into the spirit of Oz, wearing ruby slippers.
Host Ellen DeGeneres said she would be the queen of nice at the Oscars. So, did she kill 'em with kindness? Well, not quite. She made a joke about Liza Minnelli, saying, "I have to say, one of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have ever seen in my entire life. Seriously. Good job, sir."
Ellen earned big laughs, with some of her best moments coming as she interacted with celebs in the audience.
Meredith Vieira praised Ellen as host at the Elton John Oscar party, saying, "She did great."
Variety gushed about Ellen's playful jabs. But The Hollywood Reporter headline blares, "Ellen flops in long, boring, self-involved show."
The show was a huge hit. Forty-three million viewers tuned in, the highest ratings in 10 years.
And it's being called the "best selfie ever" showing Ellen with Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o, Angelina Jolie, Lupita's spitting image brother, Peter and Bradley Cooper.
It broke the record for most retweets, with 1.7 million in less than an hour. It also broke Twitter—literally—crashing the site for a brief time.
But was the gag really just a paid promotional stunt? Ellen was using a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone. Observers are noting that Samsung was a big sponsor of the broadcast.
And what was up with 50s screen idol Kim Novak, who gave out the award for Best Animated movie? In her heyday, in the Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo, Novak was a stunning beauty. Now 81, she appeared to be trying to hold back the hands of time with cosmetic surgery.
Her fans took to Twitter to voice their concern. One fan tweeted: "When Kim said the winner was 'Frozen,' I thought she was talking about her face."
"Kim Novak at 81 is still Kim Novak, a living legend," tweeted another.
Some wondered if Julia Roberts would attend the Academy Awards following the suicide of her half-sister. The Best Supporting Actress nominee did walk the red carpet, dressed in black.
But it was 12 Years A Slave's Lupita Nyong'o who won for Best Supporting Actress, completing her stratospheric rise to 'it' girl. Imagine an Oscar, for her very first movie role. She was born in Kenya, but she lives in Brooklyn.
Another nominee in that category, 84-year-old June Squibb, went home Oscar-less, but we got the feeling that she was just enjoying the ride.
Squibb told INSIDE EDITION,"I've met so many people through all of this that I feel like I'm a part of everything and it's wonderful."
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The same goes for nominee Barkhad Abdi from Captain Phillips. He didn't win Oscar gold, but how things have changed since his days as a taxi driver in Minneapolis, his job before scoring a role in the movie.
Abdi told INSIDE EDITION, "I never expected to be here. It's the highlight of my life."
Jared Leto told INSIDE EDITION on the red carpet, "I'm so excited. Not too nervous, just feeling really fortunate."
Leto took home the Best Supporting Actor award for Dallas Buyer's Club, giving an emotional tribute to his very proud mom.
Leto told the audience, "She was a high school drop out and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children."
The Dallas Buyer's Club boys won big. The Best Actor award went to was Matthew McConaughey, who gave his signature line, "All right, all right, all right."
Deborah actually made a short appearance in the movie, and caught up with producers Rachel Winter and Robbie Brenner to have a laugh over her cameo appearance.
Frozen won Best Animated movie and Idina Menzel's voice soared in her performance of the Best Song, "Let It Go."
But John Travolta really bungled her name when he introduced her as, "The one and only, Adela Dazeem."
Travolta's flub is being mocked mercilessly on social media. Overnight, a Twitter account under the mangled name @adeladazeem appeared and has thousands of followers.
Idina's co-star, Kristen Bell cheered proudly from the audience and stuck close to husband Dax Shepard on the red carpet.
And it was a very special moment for Deborah Norville when she caught up with icon Sidney Poitier. Norville asked him, "What is it like to be back here on the red carpet so many years after you took home that beautiful statue?"
"Well, there is a generation or two that have come into existence since then. And it belongs to them. The future belongs to them," said Poitier.
But the night's biggest award, Best Picture, went to 12 Years a Slave. None other than Brad Pitt, who produced the film, took center stage. Director Steve McQueen jumped for joy.