Talk about a slice of Hollywood!

KEVIN WINTER/GETTY IMAGES Ellen DeGeneres popped in and out of the audience, ordered pizzas and busted out a guitar during her hosting stint.
KEVIN WINTER/GETTY IMAGES Ellen DeGeneres popped in and out of the audience, ordered pizzas and busted out a guitar during her hosting stint.
Posted: March 04, 2014

NOT EVEN a mid-show pizza order can turn Hollywood's biggest night into a dorm party.

Ellen DeGeneres, on her second go-around as host, steered the 86th Annual Academy Awards on a safe, only slightly wacky course last night, popping in and out of the audience, taking selfies with some of the world's biggest stars and, yes, ordering pizzas.

Here's some of what we noticed:

So that's what she was doing there: Doylestown's own Pink, whose place in the show had been left something of a mystery, sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in front of Judy Garland's kids - Liza Minnelli and Lorna and Joey Luft - to mark the 75th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz."

Best sport: Minnelli, of whom DeGeneres quipped: "One of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have ever seen. Good job, sir."

Setting the bar for acceptance speeches: Jared Leto, who'd obviously prepared for his "Dallas Buyers Club" win for supporting actor, with a touching tribute to his single mother and acknowledgment of the victims of AIDS.

Clearing that bar with room to spare: Lupita Nyong'o, of "12 Years a Slave," whose emotional acceptance of the supporting actress Oscar was no less polished but so soulful that I'm pretty sure I saw even Kevin Spacey tearing up.

Speaking of Kevin Spacey: How happy was Netflix to see the actor begin his presenting gig by channeling his "House of Cards" character Frank Underwood?

Most annoying product placement. Ever.: For a phone I won't be naming here but that might eventually be named as a contributing cause in the death of the selfie. Is it really so hard to find sponsors for the Academy Awards that don't require their products to be fondled by the host throughout the show?

Best thing I saw on Twitter about presenter Kim Novak: By comedian Patton Oswalt: "No living actress will ever be as beautiful as Kim Novak was. No living actor will ever be as bad-ass as she is now." So in case you were thinking (or tweeting) something maybe less laudatory about the 81-year-old Novak, time to feel a little ashamed.

Number of times Julia Roberts was referred to as "Jessica" on ABC: One. By red carpet host Tyson Beckford, who may have been confused by the proximity of Jessica Biel. Or memories of Jessica Rabbit.

Number of cameramen to get red-carpet shoutouts: One. By Philly's own Will Smith, who recognized a former "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" co-worker while talking to Robin Roberts.

Number of host outfits by 10:43: Three. Four, if you count the scarf DeGeneres added at 10:11.

Celebrity fun fact I probably would never have learned on E!: Eleanor Roosevelt was "Nebraska" star Bruce Dern's godmother. After a rundown of Dern's illustrious ancestry, DeGeneres asked, "What went wrong?"

Actors who'll never be news anchors: Among the presenters who had a spot of trouble with the prompter were Harrison Ford and Zac Efron. (So you know it's not just an age thing.)

Upstaging most of the planned musical performers: Darlene Love, who sang her portion of the acceptance for the documentary feature "20 Feet from Stardom," a film about backup singers.

Maybe you wondered about: Alice Herz-Sommer, the focus of "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life," who died Feb. 23 at, yes, the age of 110. She was believed to have been the world's oldest Holocaust survivor.

Not waiting for the In Memoriam: Presenter Bill Murray, who slipped Harold Ramis' name into a list of nominees for cinematography.

Not waiting for the Monday morning quarterbacking of the In Memoriam: Glenn Close, who in her introduction alluded to "the many deserving others who are in our hearts."


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