The 86th Annual Academy Awards brought together powerhouse titans and notable celebrities – some for the very first time. Bette Midler, Idina Menzel, Pharrell, U2, and Pink brought down the house with their musical numbers and Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, and Jennifer Lawrence hit their marks, too.
Host Ellen DeGeneres was the star of the night, with accolades ringing throughout Hollywood Monday morning.
Brad Pitt celebrated his special Oscars moment by doing something quite normal with his day. “I had to clean up dog poop today. In my bedroom,” he said, before adding: “I love this movie [12 Years a Slave]. As a lover of film, this heroic story, it’s counterintuitive to the way films are made today. It’s important we understand our history not for any kind of guilt but so we can understand who we were and better understand who we are now…and most importantly understand who we’re gonna be.”
Best Actor for Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey, said: “It feels, I’m not gonna say surreal. I did not expect it. I’m standing here now – I got a prize for excellence for work I do. It’s not my job, it’s not my fad. It’s not my hobby. It’s my career. That’s a very special thing.”
Jared Leto won gold for his role in Dallas Buyers Club as well. He thanked his mom and brother in his acceptance speech, and stole our hearts.
“She has inspired me in ways that I can talk about for days, so I was really proud to bring my mom tonight, to bring my brother tonight — the two most important people in my life,” he said. “And to be able to thank them in such a unique and grand way.”
He added: “And this is for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS and to those of you out there who have ever felt injustice because of who you are or who you love. I stand here in front of the world with you and for you.”
How did he celebrate his big win? He said at the time: “Celebrating to the break of dawn, trust me. Look me in the eyes and see that I will revel tonight. If they only knew what was gonna happen tonight…the stories we will have to tell.”
Lupita Nyong’o, won for best supporting actress for 12 Years a Slave, and thanked her parental units as well.
“I have phenomenal parents. My father is famous in his own right. He’s done amazing things for our country, Kenya. And my mother is a trailblazer and a pioneer,” she said. “To watch those two people do so much for everyone, to have the humility to serve. Their example…at the end of the day, I feel my deeds are more important than my fame.”
Best Actress for Blue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett, became the first Australian two-time winner and was modest about the accolade, saying: “Don’t you [expletive] forget it!”
As for Blanchett’s post-Oscars party, she said she will be “putting on my pajamas, going dancing. Maybe it’s easier dancing in your pajamas.”
Sandra Bullock’s role was recognized greatly by Gravity two-time award-winning director Alfonso Cuaron.
“Under the conditions she was performing, the relationship we had as actor/director was as if we were sitting in a dinner table. There were no obstacles around all the physicality, the strain, the complicated amount of cues and the make believe that was required on her part. She had to serve absolutely everything. Sandra’s amazing,” he said.
A full list of winners at the 86th Annual Academy Awards is located here.