The 2014 Academy Awards: The Bests Of The Best


Star-studded selfie at Academy AwardsHollywood’s most glamorous night of the year survived a weekend of severe California weather (we know, we know, we’re little bitches when it comes to the rain) to go off without a hitch last night, much thanks to host Ellen DeGeneres, who filled an otherwise predictable evening (we called all the winners) with jokes and stunts that we’re still talking about today. The queen of daytime/nice showed us Edgy Ellen (embarrassing Jonah Hill and pissing off Liza Minnelli in the process), passed out scratchers as an Oscar consolation prize, and of course, took a selfie that will inevitably go down as one of the most star-studded in Twitter history. That pic obviously takes the cake for best selfie of the night, but it’s only one of several bests we laid our eyes upon. Here’s our take on the 86th Annual Academy Awards…

Best Red Carpet Color:  Blue

The winning color of the night has to go to the color blue, its cool but classic shade of navy swathed around Best Actress nominees Amy Adams and Sandra Bullock, who may have gone home empty-handed but would eventually take their places on this morning’s numerous Best Dressed lists. A softer and lighter hue, dubbed “Nairobi blue,” was the talk of the red carpet and still trending today, entering our fashion vernacular as an it-color, worn by an it-girl whom we’re giving a Best of her own.

Sandra Bullock on Oscars red carpet Amy Adams on Oscars red carpet

Best “Best Night Ever”: Lupita Nyong’o

The darling of this awards season and its plethora of red carpets has to be Lupita Nyong’o of Oscar-winning Best Film 12 Years A Slave, who scooped up her own Academy Award in a princess-worthy dress that immediately elicited comparisons to Cinderella. Fittingly, the then-newcomer-now-it-girl had herself a Cinderella night, dancing with Pharrell and tearfully accepting her big prize, all in a whimsical, sparkly headband that now has its very own Twitter page.

Lupita Nyong'o on Oscars red carpet

Best Dress You Didn’t See: Jennifer Lawrence

While she may have lost out to Lupita on the trophy, J-Law was still good ol’ J-Law. She did not disappoint and, in true J-Law fashion, continued her red carpet antics by photobombing her Hollywood colleagues and even taking a spill in her red peplum number that proved more GIF-able than last year’s little trip-up on the way to the podium. But the Best Supporting Actress nominee eventually survived the awards show and stunned later that night in a sheer mesh, mirrored, Tom Ford mini that really put the “party” in “after party.”

Jennifer Lawrence at Oscars after party

Best Photobomb: Benedict Cumberbatch

And speaking of photobombs, a good one can be hard to pull off. It delights us to no end that it’s become a favorite celebrity pastime. J-Law seems to do one on every red carpet, and last night she was joined by Bill Murray, Jared Leto, Portia De Rossi, etc. But fan favorite Benedict Cumberbatch is earning our title of best. The aerial position, the funny face, the sheer number of people affected… Yeah, we’d say you were the photobomb.com, Benedict.

Benedict Cumberbatch photobombs U2 on Oscars red carpet

The runners-up:

Bill Murray photobombs Selena Gomez at Oscars after party Jared Leto photobombs Anne Hathaway at Oscars after party Portia De Rossi photobombs Bono and Ellen DeGeneres at Oscars after party

Best Hair: Jared Leto

We all knew Jared Leto would snatch up the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. What we waited for with bated breath was to see what he would do with those magnificent locks of his. Thankfully he ditched his Golden Globes man-bun, which looked more like an afterthought from showering at the gym, letting his mane run free this time around. And that damn ombre put the rest of us to shame.

Best Impromptu Performance: Meryl Streep

No explanation necessary.Meryl Streep and Pharrell Williams dance at Academy Awards

Worst Impromptu Performance: John Travolta

Remember how smoooooth he was as Danny Zuko in Grease, one of our all-time favorite sing-a-long movies? Well, you’d think the movie musical legend would know better than to call Broadway diva and Frozen actress Idina Menzel “Adele Dazeem” before her performance of “Let It Go,” which would eventually win for Best Original Song. Travolta is lucky this is 2014 and not 2004, or he would have more than massage therapists on this tail (pun not intended but totally appreciated. Ha!). ‘Cause rabid Wicked fangirls are wayyyyy less forgiving.

Best Midnight Mid-Awards-Night Snack: Pizza

When Ellen promised her hungry A-list attendees a mid-show snack, no one knew she would actually deliver. And she did, literally. Brad Pitt passed out plates, Pharrell provided the ten-gallon donation hat, Harvey Weinstein chipped in two hundred dollars for the poor delivery guy (who had no idea when he started his shift that he’d be visiting millions of homes last night), and the celebs unapologetically chowed down, justifying the behavior of those of us doing the exact same thing from home.

Ellen DeGeneres and Jared Leto have pizza at Academy Awards Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have pizza at Academy Awards Corinne Foxx, Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum have pizza at Academy Awards

Check out the gallery below for more photos from the 2014 Academy Awards show, red carpet, and after parties…

Click here for a complete list of the 2014 Oscar winners! Who were the winners and losers in your opinion? We want to know! Best and worst dresses? Best and worst moments? Rant and rave away…

Photos courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, NY Daily News, Huffington Post, and E! Online