These Oscars were unusually lacking in memorable reaction shots — perhaps Amy Adams’ quick iPhone-check sums up the whole show?
Below, my quick play-by-play of the Oscars’ (arguably) least significant details: READ FULL STORY
Get ready to sing along, Internet.
For the first time in forever, Idina Menzel performed the hit song from Frozen, “Let It Go,” at the Oscars earlier tonight. The Tony winner — who also performed the number in the film — belted out a shortened version of the already-iconic song.
After she performed, the song went on to win the Best Original Song Oscar, and, earlier in the evening, Frozen was also named Best Animated Film.
Watch Menzel’s performance below: READ FULL STORY
Following the always-emotional “In Memoriam” segment, Bette Midler performed the always-emotional “Wind Beneath My Wings.” What a choice: It fit both the night’s hero theme and sentimentally saluted the late stars. Midler kept her composure during the song but appeared to break out in tears as the crowd gave her a standing ovation.
Watch the performance below: READ FULL STORY
The 2014 Oscars “In Memoriam” tribute honored all of those we lost this year in the world of film, followed by Bette Midler performing “Wind Beneath My Wings.” However, as viewers might have recognized, there was one name missing from the list: Cory Monteith.
Cory Monteith, who died in July, was best known for his television work as Finn Hudson on Fox’s Glee, but he wasn’t a stranger to the big screen either. Monteith starred in 2011’s Monte Carlo, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, and more.
However, Monteith did make the Oscars In Memoriam gallery on their site.
Pink forgot about acrobatics in favor of a simple performance when she sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as a tribute to Judy Garland. The “Just Give Me a Reason” singer came onstage wearing a glittery red gown as images from The Wizard of Oz, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, played behind her. Watch her performance below:
The record for most re-tweeted tweet — held by President Obama’s “Four More Years” message on the night of his re-election, has been beaten.
At the Oscars, host Ellen DeGeneres grabbed a bunch of A-Listers for the “best selfie ever,” and tweeted the pic — which now has over
900K 2 million re-tweets, to Obama’s 778k. See both tweets below. READ FULL STORY
Beloved Irish rockers U2 completed their hat trick of major media events, appearing onstage at the Oscars to perform their nominated song “Ordinary Love.” The song was written to honor Nelson Mandela, the subject of the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom — and an image of the late Mandela appeared onscreen at one point. Around the two-minute mark, Bono got down on his knees and thrust his arms in the air in a pose that vaguely suggested Willem Dafoe in Platoon. Watch the performance below: READ FULL STORY
Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ frontwoman Karen O and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig brought some romance to the evening with their performance of Her‘s “The Moon Song,” a stripped down ditty written by Karen O and Spike Jonze and nominated for best original song. Sitting on steps with an image of a moon projected behind them, the pair gazed into each others’ eyes as they sang, with Koenig strumming an acoustic guitar as the only accompaniment. So this is what Her would have been like if Samantha wasn’t a phone?
To add to the laid-back, intimate vibe, Karen O’s high heels sat beside her instead of on her feet. Just add her to the list of woman shedding their heels on awards show stages. Watch the performance below: READ FULL STORY