What a night! Ellen DeGeneres passed around pizza to a hungry audience, our favorite stars took a record-breaking selfie, and there were so many pro-social moments our heads were spinning!
Here are the top 5 moments that had us cheering during last night’s the 86th Academy Awards:
+ Ellen Wants Kids to Stay in School
It was also a big night for six aspiring film students as they were honored on stage — and introduced by Channing Tatum, no less! — for winning the “Team Oscar” college search.
+ Jared Leto Gives (Maybe) the Best Speech Ever
In his moving speech, Leto started off by thanking his mom, saying, “In 1971 Bossier City, LA, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom. … She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard, and to do something special. That girl is my mother, and she’s here tonight. I just want to say, I love you mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream.”
Leto continued by letting those suffering from the turmoil in Ukraine and Venezuela know that “we are here, and as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live with the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight.” In a move Rayon would have been proud of, he closed with this: “To the entire Dallas Buyers Club, 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, tonight I stand here in front of the world with you and for you.”
+ Lupita Nyong’o Brings the World to Tears
The Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress gave a touching speech, which she started by saying, “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 Patsey for her guidance.” She closed with what is sure to be the line of the night: “When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”
+ “Frozen” Song Winners Inspired by Daughters
+ Cate Blanchett Stands Up for Women in Film
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