The Faces of Oscar: Liza's Disgust With Ellen, Scorsese's Loser Reaction, Travolta's Big Goof
The Oscars are over, and awards season is now behind us.
But there are some moments from Sunday night's ceremony that won't soon be forgotten. The Hollywood Reporter breaks down seven of the most memorable reactions from the winners, losers and everyone else.
Host Ellen DeGeneres got in a dig at Minnelli during her monologue, and the latter -- who was there to witness a tribute to The Wizard of Oz, which starred her mother, the late Judy Garland -- was not amused. "I have to say one of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I've ever seen in my entire life," DeGeneres said of Minnelli, who was sitting in the audience next to her sister, Lorna Luft. "Good job, sir."
Ellen DeGeneres' All-Star Selfie
The host broke Twitter with a selfie taken mid-ceremony that included everyone from Bradley Cooper and Meryl Streep to Nyong'o's brother, Peter. Shortly after the selfie posted, Twitter experienced intermittent outages. The photo was retweeted more than 750,000 times in its first 45 minutes; after an hour, it broke the record for most retweets, passing President Barack Obama's tweet after he won the 2012 election, which was retweeted just over 780,000 times.
Lupita Nyong'o won an Oscar for the first movie she ever appeared in, playing slave Patsey in the best picture winner 12 Years a Slave. (Before 12 Years, Nyong’o had starred in the series Shuga, which focused on the love lives of a group of young Kenyans, for MTV Base, a channel available in Europe and Africa.) While she's taken home several trophies this awards season, she was clearly enthusiastic -- and emotional -- about winning the supporting actress Oscar in a tight race that some had predicted might go to Jennifer Lawrence.
The Wolf of Wall Street director lost out on best directing honors to Gravity's Alfonso Cuaron. He put on his best "polite loser" face (although his wife, Helen, seated to his left, seemed less happy about the outcome). Still, it's not as if Scorsese is Oscar-less: He can console himself with the best director trophy he won in 2007 for The Departed.
The actor butchered Idina Menzel's name just before the Frozen star hit the stage to perform "Let It Go," which went on to win the best original song Oscar. In his introduction, he welcomed the "wickedly talented, one and only … Adele Nazeem."
The singer-actress got mostly positive reviews for her performance, but at some moments she seemed pained while singing "Let It Go." Perhaps she was thinking about Travolta's rather creative pronunciation of her name.
The 12 Years a Slave helmer couldn't contain his excitement after Will Smith announced the movie as winner of best picture. Once McQueen hit the stage, he literally jumped for joy. As pictured below, he even got a few feet off the floor at one point.