Ellen DeGeneres, pizza, selfies and flubbed teleprompter lines brought in a big audience for the 2014 Oscars, E! News reports.
The 2014 Academy Awards Sunday had 40.2 million viewers and a 12.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic, according to early Nielsen numbers. These figures are subject to change. The 2014 Oscars telecast ran from 8:30 p.m. until approximately 12:05 a.m.
The 2014 ceremony was on par with the 2013 ceremony. "Family Guy's" Seth MacFarlane served as host of last year's telecast, and it brought in more than 40 million viewers and a 13 rating in the 18-49 demographic.
The few surprises at the 86th annual ceremony came from the host, not the actual winners. DeGeneres ordered pizza for the guests, crashed Twitter with celebrity selfies and literally surprised nominees Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio at one point.
"I thought it would crash," DeGeneres told E!'s Marc Malkin about Twitter at the Governors Ball after the Oscars ceremony. "But I didn't know everyone would do it. What's funny is that Lupita's brother is the most prominent. And then Jared came running over to be in it. And Angie got it in. I didn't expect all that."
The 2014 Academy Awards featured performances by Pink, U2, Pharrell, Idina Menzel (or Adele Dazeem if you believe John Travolta) and Karen O. Bette Midler performed the classic "Wind Beneath My Wings" during the in memoriam segment.
She nabbed the best supporting actress Oscar Sunday for "12 Years a Slave" -- which also earned the night's biggest prize -- but Lupita Nyong'o also deserves some unofficial honors: Most Charming New Star.
On "Live With Kelly and Michael" Monday morning, Kelly Ripa asked Nyong'o, 31, whether she'd build a trophy room for all her awards season wares. "I think I have to," replied the actress, before reconsidering.
"I really have to get a two-bedroom apartment!"
But first, she has to digest her win. "It hasn't set in," she said. "I haven't even slept! It is overwhelming, but at the same time, this is the thing I dreamed for, it's the thing that I availed myself for. I'm just trying to allow myself to absorb it all."
Luckily her dream come true is a full-on reality.
"Twelve midnight came and this," she said, holding her Oscar, "did not disappear."
Nyong'o made sure of that when out celebrating afterward. Said the actress with a laugh: "The first half of the night I was being very, very selfish. I wouldn't let anyone even take a picture with it.
"No one was holding it. But then, it's really heavy," she added of letting her guard down a bit.
When Michael Strahan asked whether he could hold her prize, Nyong'o said he could, "for three seconds!"
Sometimes, you want to go where everybody knows your name. Unfortunately, for Idina Menzel, the Oscars was not that place, People reports.
The "Frozen" actress delivered a stunning Academy Awards performance of the film's hit "Let it Go," which went on to win best original song. But it's what came before Menzel's big number that had the Web buzzing. John Travolta was the presenter to introduce Menzel, whom he referred to as Adele Dazim ... or was it Adela Dazeene?
Parody Twitter accounts @AdeleDazim and @AdelaDazeem appeared almost an instant after the flub. These newcomers helped Travolta's error trend all night and almost beat out Ellen DeGeneres' epic selfie as the most viral moment of the show. Celebrities were quick to join in on the joke, posting their own tweets about Travolta's gaffe.
Sarah Michelle Gellar @RealSMG tweeted: #AdeleDazim really????? #Oscars I have nothing else ....
Mario Lopez @MarioLopezExtra tweeted: Travolta is the man ... But AdeleNazim?! #IdinaMenzel #Oscars.
Busy Philipps @Busyphilipps25 tweeted: Oh. No. My five year old just looked at me and said "it's IDINA MENZEL." I mean, obviously, John. Good grief.
"Blue Jasmine" star Cate Blanchett served up a little bit of blue language on Sunday night, E! News reports.
After walking away with the best actress Oscar for her performance in the Woody Allen flick, the 44-year-old thesp dropped an F-bomb that was caught live on CNN while she was fielding questions from the press backstage.
"I wanted to ask you about the fact that you're the first Australian to ever win [best actress]," said a reporter, before Blanchett playfully cut in with, "And don't you [expletive] forget it!"
Later, Blanchett also kinda, sorta explained the cryptic comment she made to Julia Roberts during her acceptance speech when she said, "Julia, hashtag suck it."
"It happened in the bar with Ms. Roberts," she coyly remarked backstage. "And that's all I'm prepared to say."
In other words, the "August: Osage County" star probably knew what Blanchett meant (even if no one else does).
Meanwhile, Blanchett's big win meanzs she will now have two golden boys on her mantle, having picked up the best supporting actress Oscar in 2005 for channeling Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator."
Pope Francis surprised an audience gathered for his weekly blessing at the Vatican on Sunday when he accidentally let slip a swear word, BBC News reports.
Speaking in Italian, the pontiff used the word "cazzo," which is equivalent to the F-bomb, People reports. He had meant to say "caso," which means "case" and quickly corrected himself, but that didn't stop videos of the speech from circulating on YouTube and a rash of comments about the gaffe on Twitter.
The mistake is a common one for non-native Italian speakers, NPR says, and being from Argentina, Pope Francis' native language is Spanish.
NPR also reported the context of the slip-up, translated to English: "If each one of us does not amass riches only for oneself, but half for the service of others, in this [expletive] ... in this case the providence of God will become visible through this gesture of solidarity," Francis said before giving the traditional Marian prayer of the Angelus.
The Italian press says that the blunder is unlikely to hurt his image. And for a pope, he could be considered a bit of a bad boy, having owned a pair of Harley-Davidson motorcycles for a short time.