Oscars 2014’s 25 Best and Worst Moments – Rolling Stone
Home Movies Movie Lists

Oscars 2014’s 25 Best and Worst Moments

From Ellen’s A-list selfie to McConaughey’s “All right all right all right,” the moments that had everybody talking


It was expected that 12 Years a Slave would walk away with Best Picture, that Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto would officially join the ranks of Oscar winners and that Gravity would sweep the technical awards. But as with every Academy Awards show, there were always a handful of moments that shocked, delighted, disappointed or downright amazed us. Here are 25 of the highs and the lows that last night's marathon-length ceremony had to offer. 

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

WORST: Idina Menzel Oversings ‘Let It Go’

Onscreen, this Broadway show-ready ode to empowerment is a showstopper; singing it live at the Oscars, the Wicked star turned the whole song into one long yell, working both the sustained high notes and the tamer parts of the verses with the exact same lets-put-on-show gusto. This is what trying way to hard looks like.

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

BEST: Italy’s ‘The Great Beauty’ Winning Best Foreign-Language Film

It was quick, it was heartfelt, it was a well-deserved win (so nice to see Italy award a film not involving Roberto Benigni and the Holocaust) and he thanked Federico Fellini and Martin Scorsese. The Great Beauty is a biting portrait of excess. Director Paolo Sorrentino’s speech was the exact opposite, both gracious and full of brevity. Bravo!

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

WORST: Jennifer Lawrence’s Awkward Hostility

"Why are you laughing?" the star asked as she strode up to the podium to hand out the Best Actor award. Somebody in the audience was apparently giggling; J-Law was having none of it and called the gentleman out, saying, "I've got my eye on you." The only thing was, viewers at home had no idea who it was or what was going on. We love it when you get all unpredictable in interviews and on the red carpet, J-Law. We even don't mind it when you trip — twice in two years. But maybe the moment just called for you to ignore whomever out there was giving you grief and just move on.

Arrow Created with Sketch. Calendar Created with Sketch. Path Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. Plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch.