Oscars 2014 recap: Our editors on the best (and worst) moments of the night
Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace–her best red carpet look, ever? All photos courtesy of Getty Images. Our editors recap the glorious, the awkward, the best dressed (worst) and overall amazingness of Ellen from last night’s 86th Academy Awards ceremony. See what made the cut…
Laura deCarufel, executive editor
Best dressed: A tie between Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace and Charlize Theron in Dior haute couture. BEYOND.
Worst: Lupita Nyong’o in custom Prada. I know, I know—she’s exquisite and all-over wonderful. And, when she was walking around and moving the skirt, the dress looked gorgeous. But overall, it was a little boring for me. When you’re working with that face—not to mention that string of red carpet successes—you can do better.
Best acceptance speech: Alfonso Cuaron for his Best Director
Gravity win. I love that he loves Sandra Bullock.
Biggest snub: Leo. He REALLY wanted that Best Actor. No Victoria’s Secret Angel is safe. Ellen DeGeneres + pizza = mortifying.
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Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, wore ombre waves, thanked his mom, and gave her his slice of pizza. Winning all around.
Noreen Flanagan, editor in chief
Best dressed: Sandra Bullock and Amy Adams top the list—but Emma Watson earns honorable mention for her sophisticated metallic look from Vera Wang. I love that she has the confidence to carry off an understated style without feeling the need to push some “fashion envelope." Kudos for the strong red lip!
Worst: Kim Novak can be excused for her matronly suit jacket and pant ensemble, but Ms. Cruz has no plausible explanation for why she came swaddled in a bed sheet.
Best acceptance speech: Three-way tie: Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o and Cate Blanchett. They all managed to be personal, political and inspiring. Best hair…. Goes to Jared.
Biggest snub: Pharrell’s "Happy," but I’ll “Let it go!”
Best dig: Ellen DeGeneres’ quip to Jennifer Lawrence, who tripped last year and once again took a little tumble on the way to this year’s show: “If you win tonight, I think we should bring you the Oscar.” Or, this other gentle zinger from Ellen: “Between all the nominees here tonight, you’ve made over 1,400 films, 1,400 films, and you’ve gone to a total of six years of college.”
Most awkward moment: The onstage chat between Kim Novak and Matthew McConaughey, followed by Ellen’s pizza gag that went on just a little too long.
Kathryn Hudson, features editor
Best dressed: It’s a tie between Jared Leto, Olivia Wilde and Amy Adams. Don’t make me choose.
Worst: Anna Kendrick. It’s too much. Pick one form of embellishment.
Best acceptance speech: Lupita! She is as well spoken as she is beautiful.
Biggest snub: Pharrell’s hat didn’t win a single award. Travesty.
Best dig: Ellen’s monologue was hilarious. To the audience: "Anything can happen, so many different possibilities. Possibility number one:
12 Years a Slave wins best picture. Possibility number two: You’re all racists. And now please welcome our first white presenter, Anne Hathaway.”
Most awkward moment: Liza, why are you hugging Lupita? You’re not friends.
Lupita N’Yongo in custom Prada on the red carpet, before her heartfelt Best Supporting Actress win.
Sarah Laing, assistant editor
Best dressed: Lupita N’Yongo. Guys, it’s not sky blue anymore – it’s ‘Nairobi blue’. Lupita said so…and looked like a breath of fresh air doing it. Also plus 50 bonus points for single-handedly bringing the head band back.
Worst: Kim Novak. Novak’s ill-fitting, boxy pant-suit was a dizzying fall from the chic wardrobe she wore in
Best Acceptance Speech: Darlene Love for
Twenty Feet From Stardom. So, she technically didn’t actually get the award, but she was in the doc that scooped the prize – but Darlene Love got a standing o from the crowd for her a cappella rendition of ‘His Eye Is On the Sparrow’… and maybe brought a tiny, tiny tear to my eye.
Best dig: “If you win tonight, I think we should just bring you the Oscar.” Ellen to J-Law.
Most awkward moment: The massive celebrity selfie attempt: all I could think was ‘they’re going to crush Meryl!’
Pharrell’s Lanvin tux and shorts make us want to clap along, because we’re happy…
Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington, senior beauty editor
Best dressed: Lupita in her custom Prada in a blue that reminded the actress of Nairobi.
Worst: Sorry, but Amy Adams! It was so safe and just boring, even though it fit her like a glove.
Best acceptance speech: Lupita and Jared have a tie in my books. Both so heart felt and emotional. Bonus: Since they both won, we get to see them again next year as presenters — that means more amazing Lupita Oscar red carpet fashion and another
Leto hair experience in a year!
Oh, Cate. You really can do no wrong.
Ciara Rickard, production editor
Best dressed: There was a lot of white and cream on the red carpet this year, but I thought Cate Blanchett’s nude embellished Armani Prive gown was gorgeous and really stood out.
Worst: It’s a tie between Julia Roberts’ frumpy black Givenchy gown and Anna Kendrick’s weird, confusing J. Mendel number.
Best acceptance speech: Lupita Nyong’o was so gracious and sincere in both her reaction and acceptance speech when she won Best Supporting Actress.
Biggest snub: Why didn’t Oprah get a nod in the Best Supporting Actress category? She was pretty great in
Best dig: Ellen joking that Liza Minelli was a man impersonating Liza Minelli, even addressing her as ‘sir.’ Ouch.
Most awkward moment: How weird were Matthew McConaughey and Kim Novak together?? He was clearly uncomfortable and she was incoherent. The way he was rubbing her back creeped me out a little.
Points for trying, Jessica.
Sarah Thompson, web producer
Best dressed: Do I really have to pick just one? Fine, okay, I will. No, I can’t —it’s a three-way tie between Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein Collection, Cate Blanchett in Giorgio Armani and the lovely Portia de Rossi in Naeem Khan. They were all visions in white with jewel encrusted gowns, laser cuts and all that Oscar-worthy sparkle!
Worst: Jessica Biel in Chanel, no questions asked. The colour was all wrong for her skin tone—not to mention the fact that she blended right into the background and failed to stand out against her peers.
Best acceptance speech: Alfonso Cuarón for Best Director. He was the most candid of the night, eliciting a roar of laughter from the audience by injecting each and every one of his "thank yous" with a heaping dose of humour. Thanks, Alfonso!
Biggest snub: Cate Blanchett for Best Actress! I was rooting for Sandra Bullock (who was over the moon in
Gravity) or Meryl Streep (who was hauntingly poignant in
August: Osage County), but, che sera, sera?
Best dig: Ellen had more quips than I thought she would (I mean, she’s usually pretty gentle with her jokes). My personal favourite of the night? “Between all the nominees here tonight, you’ve made over 1,400 films and you’ve gone to a total of six years of college." This, followed by, "I’m kidding. Kids, stay in school." Hilarious.
Most awkward moment: It wasn’t that uncomfortable, but when Charlize Theron tripped over her words when presenting the Oscar for Best Sound Mixing (without just moving on from the slip), it was painful to watch. Sorry Charlize!
Katherine Flemming, health and beauty editor
Best dressed: Naomi Watts and Margot Robbie
Worst: Angelina Jolie
Best acceptance speech: Lupita. Eloquent, rehearsed, composed with just enough emotion without getting too teary.
Best dig: Ellen’s throw to J-Law’s clumsiness, "“If you win tonight, I think we should just bring you the Oscar.”
Most awkward moment: It was certainly perplexing when Cate Blanchett lobbed this one at Sandra, during her acceptance speech for Best Actress: "Sandra, I could watch that performance until the end of time. I sort of felt like I had." The camera cut to Sandra after, who appeared to be teary. Feeling the sting, perhaps?
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