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Oscars 2014: Top Five Most Memorable Moments From The Show

Vanessa Gomez |
March 2, 2014 | 10:15 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter
Ellen Degeneres had pizza delivered during the show. (Twitter/@ANCALERTS)
Ellen Degeneres had pizza delivered during the show. (Twitter/@ANCALERTS)
The 86th Annual Academy Awards had many great acceptance speeches, jokes from host Ellen DeGeneres and performances from Best Original Song nominees. But, there were five moments that particularly stuck out and became the best ones of the night. Here they are:
5. Ellen Degeneres Brought Pizza For The Audience 
The host casually walked through the crowd and asked who was hungry. Actress Kerry Washington was quick to raise her hand and some others followed. When she introduced the next people on stage and later on in the show, she actually brought pizza into the audience. Brad Pitt grabbed the plates and started handing them out to people while DeGeneres handed out the napkins. Later on in the show, she walked around and asked some of the stars to help pay for it by dropping money in Pharrell Williams' hat. Harvey Weinstein gave some money for a tip while Lupita Nyong'o gave her lip gloss. The fact that the host actually had pizza delivered for the audience and handed it out during the show was so out of the ordinary and priceless, but such a brilliant idea. 
4. Pharrell Williams' Performance of "Happy" 
Pharrell Williams started out the performances of the Best Original Song nominees with "Happy." Even though he didn't win the statue for his song from "Despicable Me 2," he still made the most memorable list for his performance. Not only did he get Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong'o to stand up and dance and Best Actress nominee Amy Adams to wave her arms, but he also got Meryl Streep to shimmy. Does anything else even need to be said?  
3. Lupita Nyong'o's  Acceptance Speech 
She won Best Supporting Actress for "12 Years A Slave," and it seemed like just about everyone around her believed she deserved it. Just watching all of the people she worked with tear up with happiness was amazing. The actress reminded everyone about the history that led to her getting an Oscar. "It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else's," she said. She could not contain her emotions and at the end of her speech, she couldn't forget to let the audience know, "No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid." Before a year ago, many people wouldn't have even recognized the name Lupita Nyong'o, but it has become a household name. This was her first film but definitely not her last. 
2. When Matthew McConaughey Ended His Speech 
He won the category of Best Actor for "Dallas Buyers Club." The actor thanked his competitors in the category, his family and his father, who he believes is watching him from above. The actor didn't have anything written down, but he delivered the speech with no hiccups and such ease. Jimmy Kimmel told McConaughey on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" he had "a lot to live up to" with his Oscars speech because his speech from the Golden Globes was so great. But, McConaughey actually did when he ended his speech with his first line he ever spoke in a movie, "Alright, alright, alright." And all was right in the world. 
This selfie from the Oscars broke Twitter (Twitter/@TheEllenShow)
This selfie from the Oscars broke Twitter (Twitter/@TheEllenShow)
1. The Greatest Selfie Ever 
Selfies were a trend throughout the night. Ellen DeGeneres talked about how many people were in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles earlier in the night and how a selfie would be great to show how full the room was. The host jokingly took a picture of her facial expression to a reaction of how many people were in the room and posted it on Twitter. Later on in the show, she surprised everyone and took a selfie that garnered over 1 million retweets by the end of the awards show, making it the most retweeted tweet ever. She beat President Barack Obama's tweet of him hugging Michelle on election night which has been retweeted over 778,000 times. The selfie included the Oscar host, Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto (well, partially), Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o, Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong'o's brother, Junior, Meryl Streep, and the selfie taker, Bradley Cooper. And apparently, Degeneres received an email from Twitter telling her she broke Twitter. This will definitely go down as one of the best moments of not only the night, but also in Oscar history. 
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