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7 weirdest moments at 86th Academy Awards

Posted by Emily Wright  March 3, 2014 12:46 AM

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John Travolta completely butchered Tony Award-winning actress Idina Menzel's name at the Academy Awards on March 2 -- and that wasn't the weirdest thing that happened.

In no particular order, here are the seven weirdest moments from the 86th Academy Awards that aired live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

1. Leonardo DiCaprio turning down pizza

Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres was kind enough to order pizzas for her friends in the audience (which was actually pretty weird in itself), but "The Wolf of Wall Street" star Leonardo DiCaprio wanted nothing to do with it. He was literally the only person (at least on camera) that turned down a slice of pie. What gives, Leo? Have you no manners?

2. Cate Blanchett thanking hair & makeup team for making her look attractive

We didn't know that Cate Blanchett had any kind of body issues until she brought up the hair and makeup team at "Blue Jasmine" after she won the Academy Award for best actress. She thanked the crew for trying to make her look attractive. We never realized that was hard, since she's a stunner to begin with. Are we missing something?

3. Ellen referencing Jonah Hill's family jewels -- twice

First, DeGeneres referenced Hill in her monologue, thanking him for showing her something she hadn't seen in years (he goes full-frontal for a pretty ... lewd scene in "The Wolf of Wall Street"). Then, after a commercial break, the camera came back to DeGeneres standing next to a seated Hill, telling him that she didn't want to see "it." What's up with that?

4. Kim Novak presenting new look

Kim Novak, an 81-year-old acting legend of films like "Vertigo," caused quite the Twitter stir when she debuted an almost unrecognizable look while presenting alongside Matthew McConaughey. Plastic surgery? We think yes. Was it even more ironic when she presented an award to the film "Frozen?" Absolutely.

5. John Travolta pronouncing Idina Menzel's name

Don't presenters usually practice their lines? Well, John Travolta sounded like he had never seen Idina Menzel's name before because it came out something like "Adele Dabzine." It's a good thing we knew she was singing "Let It Go" from "Frozen" (which won for best original song) when he introduced her, or we wouldn't have known what was coming.

6. Ellen taking epic selfie

DeGeneres, an avid tweeter, decided to have some of her friends (and the night's biggest nominees) jump in on a selfie. This wasn't just any selfie, and it was weird in all the right ways. She used it to "break Twitter," garnering more than a million retweets in an hour, and stalling the social media platform. The number of retweets is still climbing.

7. John Ridley and Steve McQueen snubbing each other

We still haven't found an answer to this riddle, but John Ridley (winner of best adapted screenplay for "12 Years a Slave") and Steve McQueen (director of best picture-winning "12 Years a Slave") failed to thank each other during their acceptance speeches. Another note: McQueen clapped rather slowly when Ridley made his way to the stage for the win. Where's the love, fellas?

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