By: Zeba Haseeb


Photo credit: Wikipedia

Photo credit: Wikipedia

The Academy Awards is one of the most watched award shows on television. The 86th Oscar premiere was delightfully entertaining from beginning to end.

Let’s begin with the looks from the red carpet. One after another we had stunning looks walk down the epic red carpet. A few of the memorable stars included Emma Watson with a sheer grey and black gown, Julia Roberts, who looked just as young and elegant as she did in “Pretty Woman,” and last, but not least Jennifer Lawrence in her ruby red gown. Lawrence made headlines not because of her outfit, but because she had yet again tripped at the Academy Awards. Last year, Lawrence made news because of her clumsy moment while grabbing her award, and she repeated that mistake again on the red carpet at the 2014 award show.

Our host Ellen Degeneres did a phenomenal job keeping the audience on their toes. She started off with some witty remarks dealing with the nominees of the night, as well as the best movie of the year nominations. I applaud her daring personality to make the show as comfortable as possible for the celebrity audience. For example, Ellen’s act of ordering pizza and passing it out like some hangout party was not only surprising, but hilarious as well, with the help of Brad Pitt passing out plates to other celebrities including Roberts, Lawrence, Meryl Streep, and a few others. The pizza deliveryman probably thought this would be just another boring delivery, little did he know that his night would be unforgettable.

Degeneres later on made twitter history by taking an Oscar selfie with a group of A-list celebrities and had it retweeted by over 3 millions people worldwide. One picture and so many famous faces, but the best part of this photo was Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o’s brother who became an overnight sensation after this photo went viral. One photo made this ordinary boy the most talked about individual around the country.

The host wasn’t the only one that was intriguing about the show. This year, a handful of emotional and touching movies were made. One included “12 Years a Slave,” which won best motion picture of the night. Nyong’o also won best supporting actress from that movie. “Gravity” took a handful of Oscar awards home that night, making it the most popular movie of the evening. It was a bit disappointing to see Leonardo Dicaprio not take home the award for best male lead for “Wolf of Wall Street,” and people on social media sites made their feelings very apparent for his loss. Instead, the Oscar went to Matthew McConaughey for “Dallas Buyers Club.” This win was a bit of a shock, but he won over the audience through a heart-felt speech. With the support of his beautiful wife, he had his Oscar nomination and took it home that night.