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Slap-Less & Wholesome Oscar Highlights

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Welcome to the Academy Awards – A Celebration of Cinematic Excellence

Welcome to the Academy Awards – where the red carpet is rolled out, the stars shine bright, and sometimes, bedlam ensues. While the world loves a good scandal, let’s take a moment to celebrate the moments that went slap-less but left a mark nonetheless. From impromptu selfies to unexpected bromances, here are some Oscar highlights that had us giggling in our popcorn.

Ellen DeGeneres’ Viral Selfie Moment (2014)

The Oscar Highlight that Broke the Internet

Ellen DeGeneres, the queen of daytime television turned Oscar host extraordinaire, kicked off the wholesome madness in 2014 with a selfie that broke the internet faster than Beyonce’s Super Bowl Verizon commercial. Gathering the A-listers for what would become an iconic group shot, Ellen proved that even Hollywood royalty can’t resist the allure of a good selfie. As the stars aligned (quite literally), Ellen worked her magic, rounding up the likes of Meryl Streep and Bradley Cooper into the frame. But it wasn’t just the sheer celeb power on display that made this moment so iconic – it was the silliness of the moment as well. From Lupita Nyong’o’s radiant smile to Channing Tatum’s look of excitement, each expression captured the zaniness of it all. Even seasoned veterans like Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt couldn’t help but grin like giddy schoolchildren as they squeezed into the shot.

Within minutes, Ellen’s selfie had become the most retweeted image in Twitter history, surpassing even the likes of tweets from Barack Obama and Kim Kardashian. It was a testament to the appeal of a surprise moment and a candid selfie with ridiculously rich, good-looking, and famous people. With smiles brighter than their Oscar statuettes, this semi-impromptu bit showed that even the glitziest of celebs can’t escape the gravitational pull of a smartphone camera.

Bong Joon-Ho’s Historic Wins for “Parasite” (2019): Breaking Boundaries

“Parasite’s” sweeping victory at the 2019 Oscars was a watershed moment for the film industry, breaking cultural and linguistic barriers. Bong Joon-Ho etched his name into the annals of cinematic history with a groundbreaking win at the 2019 Academy Awards. His film “Parasite” nabbed the coveted Oscar for Best International Feature Film, marking a monumental moment as the first South Korean film to both receive a nomination and clinch the win in this notable category.

But when he won Best Director, the surprised Bong admitted he thought he was done after winning the aforementioned award. His acceptance speech was a breath of fresh air in a room often filled with rehearsed platitudes. After paying tribute to Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, he ended his speech by hilariously saying, “Thank you. I will drink until next morning, thank you.”

Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli’s Heartwarming Oscar Highlight

And who could forget the dynamic duo of Lady Gaga and Liza Minelli presenting the award for Best Picture? After a standing ovation for the 77-year-old legend, Minelli struggled to understand her lines. But fear not, for Lady Gaga is here to save the day – or at least, salvage the moment. With a quick glance at the teleprompter and a reassuring smile, Gaga takes the reins, seamlessly guiding Minelli through the minefield of misplaced cues.

Lady Gaga quickly took reins, saying “I got this,” reading the teleprompter and guiding Minelli. As the icon stumbled again, Gaga leaned in and endearingly whispered, “I got you.” What could have been a very awkward moment, was smoothed over by the class and grace of Lady Gaga.

Hugh Jackman’s Musical Extravaganza (2009): A Refreshing Change of Pace

In the grand tradition of the Oscars, where hosts often take the stage armed with a barrage of clever zings and razor-sharp roasts, Hugh Jackman dared to defy convention in 2009. As he stepped into the spotlight as the evening’s emcee, few could have predicted the spectacle that was about to unfold.

Jackman didn’t just host the Oscars; he stole the show with a musical number that had us tapping our feet and questioning our life choices. Skipping the usual roast session, Jackman opted for a celebration of cinema that was so infectious, even the grumpiest audience member couldn’t help but crack a smile. Who needs insults when you have song and dance numbers, right?

The Bromance of Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson (2019): A Moment of Brotherhood

But it’s not all about the hosts and winners; sometimes, it’s the unexpected moments that steal the spotlight. Take Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson’s performance at the 2019 Oscars. As the envelope opened, Jackson shouted, “the house!” in reference to Morehouse College, the historically black college that both he and Lee proudly attended.As Lee took the stage to accept his long-overdue Oscar, Jackson’s proud embrace said it all. It was a moment of pure bromantic bliss that reminded us why we love these guys in the first place.

Why We Cherish These Moments: The Heart of the Oscars

These wholesome highlights are cherished because they showcase the human side of the Oscars. They remind us that beyond the competition and the accolades, the Academy Awards are a celebration of the artistic spirit, a moment to honor creativity, collaboration, and the enduring impact of cinema on our lives.

The Importance of Wholesome Highlights: A Break from the Drama

In a world where controversy often captures more attention than creativity, these slap-less Oscar moments serve as a refreshing reminder of the event’s true essence. They underscore the importance of unity, joy, and the celebratory spirit that defines the best of the Oscars.

The Oscars and Social Media: Viral Moments

The power of social media to amplify these wholesome moments cannot be understated. From viral selfies to heartwarming speeches, the digital world has played a crucial role in ensuring these highlights reach a global audience, further uniting us in our love for film.

Looking Forward to Future Oscars: Hopes and Expectations

As we look forward to future Academy Awards ceremonies, we carry with us the hope that they will continue to provide moments of joy, unity, and celebration. The Oscars have the power to inspire, to bring people together, and to remind us of the magic of cinema.

Conclusion: Celebrating Cinema’s Best Without the Controversy

The Academy Awards remain a beacon of excellence in the film industry, and it’s the wholesome, slap-less moments that truly capture the spirit of the Oscars. As we celebrate these highlights, we are reminded of the beauty, joy, and unity that cinema can bring into our lives. Here’s to many more Oscar moments that leave us inspired, entertained, and above all, united in our love for the movies.

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