To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Pink sang a lovely version of “Over the Rainbow” as a tribute to Judy Garland. All three of Judy’s children were in attendance–Liza Minnelli and Lorna and Joey Luft. Pink wore a stunning gown inspired by Dorothy’s ruby red slippers. Ellen made a tardy appearance dressed in full Glinda regalia.
In fact, music played a huge role in this year’s broadcast, with numbers by Bette Midler, as well as all the nominees for Best Original Song. That was ultimately clinched by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for Frozen‘s “Let it Go.” The couple gave a sweetly funny acceptance speech in rhyme, and teared up when mentioning their daughters. Robert Lopez is officially a rare EGOT winner, having won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. Idina Menzel performed the number after having her name unceremoniously slaughtered by John Travolta. Other great performances included Pharrell‘s upbeat and dancey “Happy” from Despicable Me, where he got Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Lupita Nyong’o to shake it with him, Karen O‘s stripped down “The Moon Song” from Her, and U2‘s rocking “Ordinary Love” from Mandela.
The special effects masterpiece Gravity swept up seven awards, mostly for technical aspects like sound and editing, but also a Best Director nod for Alfonso Cuarón.
The big acting awards of the evening went to McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club and Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine. McConaughey sweetly kissed his wife and mother before accepting the award, and telling the audience how “gratitude reciprocates.” Blanchett gently ribbed and congratulated her fellow nominees, and ended her speech by announcing that female-fronted films can indeed be successful. Hear hear! I, for one, plan on watching the hell out of Blanchett’s film Carol when it comes out.