The 86th annual Oscars have wrapped and another awards season has come to an end. This year’s show, hosted by Ellen Degeneres, brought moments for us to cheer for as we scoped out the red carpet-ready designs and pretty much waited around to see if the cast and crew of the critically acclaimed “12 Years A Slave” was going to get their propers. Check out the moments that stood out for us during the show!
No, Seriously, Ellen: Kerry Really Wanted That Pizza
Ellen’s awkward jokes timed up with Kerry Washington’s pregnancy cravings when the host mentioned ordering pizza and asked who wanted in. Kerry’s hand shot up almost immediately with her plum-colored lips quivering at the thought of a large special. Kerry tried desperately to get the hosts attention to no avail. Then Ellen returned to continue the joke with three pizzas in tow and even shouted-out the pregnant actress, but although she made it over to Kerry and even gave her a plate, Ellen got distracted and never actually gave Kerry that pizza.
Now, if Oprah was hosting you already know she’d be all, “You get a pizza and YOU get a pizza!” Smh. We hope someone hooked Kerry up during the commercial break; the rest of the audience probably only fake ate it anyway.
Darlene Love Snatched The Mic
The act of thanking God on stage might’ve gone out with ’90s interludes, but Darlene love took us to CHURCH when her film “20 Feet From Stardom” won the Best Documentary Award. Love thanked God and kept giving the praise with an accapella version of “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” during the acceptance speech. Half the room looked confused, but no one dared interrupt Darlene’s moment and she took all of the minutes she had to bask in her moment on stage (apparently one can play the music on you if you’re the one singing it!).
The legendary Love played a back up singer in “20 Feet” and in real life her power vocals — that have backed Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley just to name a few — have earned her a place in the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. You’ll be seeing more of her soon: in February, OWN acquired the television rights to Love’s memoir, “My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story,” which will be adapted into a scripted television movie.
Lupita’s First Awards Season Got A Fairytale Ending…But Don’t Call Her Cinderella
Lupita Nyong’o kicked off Women’s History Month by cementing her name in the books as the seventh Black woman to win an Academy Award. Her Best Supporting Actress win for “12 Year’s A Slave” comes 75 years after Hattie McDaniel became the first Black woman to win an Oscar (Best Support Actress in 1939′s “Gone With The Wind”). The awards season darling, who also kicked off the month celebrated her 31st birthday (March 1) and a Independent Spirit Award win, accepted her Oscar looking like a modern day Cinderella in a custom Prada gown and gold-and-diamonds Fred Leighton headband. “It’s a blue that reminds me of Nairobi, and so I wanted to have a little bit of home,” she told E! News of her gown.
Don’t let the meme’s fool you: Lupita’s custom-made Prada was inspired by Nairobi, not Disney.
The Kenyan-born actress also admitted she didn’t know what the Oscars were until she hit college, but during her awards acceptance speech it was clear the importance of the honor was not lost on her. “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s and so I want to salute the spirit of Patsy for her guidance,” she said, referring to her “12 Years A Slave” character and women like her.
Lupita also thanked members of the cast and crew of her film, which became the first the first picture from a Black director to win top honors in the 86 years of the Academy Awards.
Whoopi Gave Zero Fs
No one in the audience looked like they gave less of a damn about “Hollywood’s biggest night” than Whoopi. Between the “View” stars facial expressions when the camera panned to her, to that, er… “Wizard Of Oz” tribute outfit, it’s safe to say that Whoopi had not a care to give (and that’s putting it lightly). But since she’s one of the few entertainers — and only Black entertainer — to have have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award so she gets an awards season pass for any foolery, off GP.
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Oscars 2014: Lupita’s Fairytale Ending + More Black Hollywood Moments
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