The 86th Annual Academy Awards

March 2, 2014

I can honestly say that this Oscars ceremony was the best I have seen in a long time.

Yes, the awards ceremony had its awkward moments (we're looking at you guys, John Travolta and Jamie Foxx) but everyone looked beautiful, no one was played out by the music, all the winners were deserving of their recognition, and Ellen absolutely killed it as host - she also temporarily killed Twitter with what is now the most retweeted picture ever (beating out the "Four More Years" picture of President Obama and First Lady Michelle).

Seriously though, that selfie was the bomb:

Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o, Angelina Jolie, Lupita's brother Junior, Bradley Cooper, Ellen DeGeneres, and Meryl Streep taking the best selfie ever (tweeted by Ellen)

There weren't any real surprises with who won the big awards (other than the fact that American Hustle was shut out completely, maybe) but I was so happy to see people like Lupita Nyong'o (who gave an incredible and inspiring speech), Spike Jonze, and "Let It Go" songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (congrats on the EGOTs!) walk up to the stage to accept the coveted trophy man. Hearing Matthew McConaughey end his acceptance speech with his famous "Alright, alright, alright" was the icing on the delightfully refreshing cake that was this evening's Oscar ceremony.

Asides from the fact that all the winners seemed to be the ones who truly deserved the awards - there were no dark horse winners - the ceremony was just really fun, in a way it had probably tried to be last year with Seth MacFarlane but as you know, failed. Celebrities took selfies and ate pizza while in designer gowns, Ellen poked fun at Jennifer Lawrence for tripping last year (and again on the red carpet tonight) and collected money to pay for said pizza in Pharrell's now infamous hat. The musical performances were all great, from Pharrell's colorful dancing number to Vampire Weekend's Ezra playing guitar alongside Karen O to, well, Bono.

The ceremony's theme of the night - heros - was incredibly appropriate, as the films this year celebrated heroes of all shapes and sizes, with both superpowers and everyday abilities. There was a triumphant feel to the award show and the winning films - "Let It Go" is the ultimate jam for anyone who has ever felt like they don't belong; Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are both (but in very different ways) stories of perseverance and survival; Dallas Buyers Club a tale of being absolutely who you are and learning to live life despite its adversities.

Truly an inspirational and unforgettable year for film. It's certainly been a while since I have felt so pleased with the events of the Oscars, from the winners to the ceremony to of course, the dresses...

Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive | Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen | Kate Hudson in Versace Atelier | Amy Adams in Gucci | Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli

The trend of the evening came in two colors: nude and navy. The majority of women wore soft, blush-hued gowns like the gorgeously detailed Armani Prive dress that Cate Blanchett wore. Kate Hudson looked phenomenal in a cream dress by Versace Atelier and was perhaps one of the best-dressed women of the evening. Kristen Bell looked every bit the princess in a sweeping Roberto Cavalli gown. A number of other actresses wore nude colors, but these three were the best of the bunch by far. Some looks were a bit too nude, in that the ladies needed to spruce up their lipstick or have some sort of pop of color to make their looks stand out.

Sandra Bullock and Amy Adams, bost nominees for best actress, wore stunning shades of midnight blue to the ceremony. The color is rich and statement-making on its own, and both women let their gorgeously-colored dresses do the talking.

The color trends of the evening carried into menswear as well. Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, and Ryan Seacrest wore cream colored suit jackets, while Kevin Spacey wore an elegant navy tux. Aside from the unconventional shorts tuxedo that Pharrell wore, the men were looking excellently dapper!

Charlize Theron in Dior | Emma Watson in Vera Wang | Kerry Washington in Jason Wu | Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel

These guys were the looks that stirred the most controversy when watching the red carpet at the sorority house and on the internet.

Charlize's invisible straps were just kind of odd and many people said they her dress totally looked like the horns Maleficent has (would have been perfect if Angie had worn this though!). I personally thought Emma Watson's edgy look, but my sisters were not fans of the messy ponytail. I think it looked strange from certain angles, but when I saw it I liked it.

Kerry Washington looked absolutely radiant - seriously, she was on her A-game for hair and makeup - and its hard to criticize what a woman wears while pregnant, but the shape of her dress was just a bit odd, and I hated that weird pin thing. Also, the dress was wrinkled. Always a bad look.

Lastly, I liked Anna Kendrick's look but thought the red detailing at the waist was weird. I would have liked it better in black, or white even. The maroon color was just not doing it for me.

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada

On an evening of gorgeous dresses, newcomer and Oscar winner (!!!) Lupita Nyong'o stood above the rest as the night's best dressed starlet. She's dazzled all season long but tonight was truly her Cinderella moment.

In an aptly-colored baby blue dress by Prada, Nyong'o floated down the red carpet and captivated everyone with her stunning looks and her lovely and humble acceptance speech. She kept the accessories light, wearing only gold rings and bracelets - including a ring with her family's totem on it. She said that the color of her dress reminded her of Nairobi. I love that her outfit had so many personal touches to it. I even loved her headband, which people had mixed opinions on.

And of course, her Clarins lipgloss which she memorably handed to Ellen, is probably being sold out as we speak. If you were wondering why Lupita's been the one everyone's been talking about, hopefully your questions have been answered after watching her tonight. Her speech was eloquent as they have been all awards season, and she really is the type of celebrity you want to root for.

My favorite Lupita moment of the night, though? Seeing her (and Amy and Meryl) get down to Pharrell when he performed "Happy". Girl can jam, and I loved that her dress could move with her dancing!

What did you think of the awards ceremony? And of course, who was your best dressed star?

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