Oscars 2014: Biggest and Best Moments From 86th Annual Academy Awards

Oscars 2014 Biggest and Best MomentsThe 2014 Oscars didn’t disappoint! Ellen DeGeneres brought the laughs during her second time hosting the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2. The comedienne, 56, kicked off the show with a memorable joke about Jennifer Lawrence falling (again!) this year. She also took an epic group selfie with stars in the audience, and threw a pizza party with hungry Oscar nominees.

The 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony was also filled with touching musical performances and speeches by Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong’o, Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto, Best Actress Cate Blanchett, Best Actor Matthew McConaughey, and Best Picture winners Brad Pitt and Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave.

Relive the biggest and best moments from the 2014 Oscars below.

1. Ellen DeGeneres’ Opening Monologue: Jennifer Lawrence, June Squibb, Jonah Hill Teased

Ellen DeGeneres

Second time’s the charm for Ellen DeGeneres! Following Seth MacFarlane’s controversial jokes last year, the 56-year-old comedienne gave a milder opening monologue at the 2014 Oscars. DeGeneres did, however, pick a few celebrities to poke fun at — particularly American Hustle actress Jennifer Lawrence.

2. Jennifer Lawrence Falls, Face-Plants into Woman on Red Carpet

Jennifer Lawrence

Someone needs to wear more flats! Jennifer Lawrence fell again while attending the 86th Academy Awards. Lawrence, 23, was all smiles waving to fans in the stands, until she suddenly tripped at the Dolby Theatre.

3. Ellen DeGeneres Takes Group Selfie With Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep and More: Amazing Photo

ellen deGeneress Twitter Pic

Is there a bigger word than “epic”? Ellen DeGeneres absolutely made the most of the staggering star power in the front rows inside L.A.’s Dolby Theatre to pull off what felt like a historic social media moment. Venturing into the audience, DeGeneres gathered a large group of Oscar nominees to snap an amazing selfie.

4. Cate Blanchett Wins Best Actress for Blue Jasmine, Thanks Woody Allen

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett beat Meryl Streep! The 44-year-old actress won Best Actress award for her role in Blue Jasmine. After individually thanking her fellow nominees, Blanchett gave a special thank-you to director Woody Allen for casting her in the film.

5. Matthew McConaughey Wins Best Actor for Dallas Buyers Club, Gets Emotional Thanking His Family

Matthew McConaughey

Alright, alright, alright! Matthew McConaughey beat Leonardo DiCaprio and won the Best Actor award for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. The 44-year-old got emotional while thanking wife Camila Alves and their three children in his acceptance speech.

6. Lupita Nyong’o Beats Jennifer Lawrence For Best Supporting Actress Oscar

Oscars 2014 Best Supporting Actress

Cinderella has found her prince, and he’s a golden statue. 12 Years a Slave’s breakout star Lupita Nyong’o completed her victorious awards season run with her first Oscar.

7. Angelina Jolie Watches Her Emotional Humanitarian Award Speech, Gets Kissed By Brad Pitt at 2014 Oscars: Video

brad pitt kiss Angelina Jolie

Bittersweet. Angelina Jolie and fiance Brad Pitt shared an emotional moment at the 86th Academy Awards. During the show, a clip of Jolie’s honorary Oscar humanitarian speech from back in November was shared with the audience, showing the Maleficent actress tearing up while speaking of her late mother Marcheline Bertrand.

8. Ellen DeGeneres Charms as Host of 2014 Oscars: All Her Best Jokes!

Ellen DeGeneres Pics

Welcome back, Ellen! Seven years after she first hosted Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, Ellen DeGeneres returned to the Oscars stage. Take a look back at all of her best jokes from the 2014 Oscars.

9. Bette Midler Performs “Wind Beneath My Wings” After In Memoriam Tribute

Bette Midler

About time! At age 68, Bette Midler gave her first performance at the 2014 Oscars. Following the touching In Memoriam tribute, the singer sang “Wind Beneath My Wings,” from her 1988 classic film Beaches, and got emotional when she received a standing ovation from the audience.

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