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The Oscars 2014: so much build up, but then it’s all over after 3.5 excruciating hours. We give last night’s Oscars a B+ – it was pretty good, but could have been better. But it did redeem itself with the best movie of the night taking home Best Picture. Let’s take a look at some of the highs and lows…

The Highs
Some amazing speeches: Jared Leto kicked things off with a stunning speech dedicated to his mother, with a well-intentioned nod to Ukraine and Venezuela; and Lupita Nyongo’s beautiful, honest speech: “It doesn’t escape me that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s…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.”

The Lows
John Travolta introducing Frozen singer Idina Menzel as Adele Dazim. What an embarrassment. We don’t even need to mention his ever-changing hair line.

The Highs
Pharrell Williams singing Happy and dancing with front row A-listers including Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams and Meryl Streep (but Jennifer Lawrence was too shy!).

The Lows
We love Pink, but her voice is way too strong for a delicate song like Over the Rainbow. An odd choice.

The Highs
The best celebrity selfie of all time. Ellen crashed Twitter with her all-star Oscars selfie – producers are already thinking how they’ll top that in 2015.

The Lows
Too much Samsung product placement with Ellen waving that phone in the screen for the first half of the night. And Coke splattered all over the pizza boxes.

The Highs
Ellen’s funniest line of the night? To Jonah Hill: “You showed us something in that film that I have not seen for a very long time.”

The Lows
Kim Novak’s plastic surgery disaster. A beautiful talented woman becomes the butt of everyone’s jokes because of too much bad surgery. So sad.

The Highs
The Aussie takeover! Cate Blanchett giving a shoutout to Australia, and Catherine Martin’s two Oscar wins, joking about keeping her speech in her bra, “a very Australian thing to do.”

The Lows
The pizza bit seemed like a good idea, but it really dragged on. And on. Brownie points for Brad Pitt though being the consummate gentleman and handing out paper plates – and then tucking into his pizza. Oh, La-La-Land…

The Highs
Director Steve McQueen’s obvious love for his 12 Years a Slave team, sending Lupita kisses during her acceptable speech, and the heartfelt hugs to Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. This is filmmaking at its best.

What were your Oscars highs and lows?