Oscar moments: West Columbia native honored

Columbia - The StateMarch 3, 2014 

Several attendees at the Oscars were wearing black ribbons on their lapel. Academy Award attendees were asked to wear the black ribbons in honor of West Columbia native Sarah Jones, who was killed filming a movie in Savannah late last month. Jones was not among those mentioned in the televised ceremony’s main “In Memoriam” segment, but an onscreen banner with her name and photo was shown during the broadcast. View the entire "In Memoriam" segment at oscar.com.

Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres proved that a dry delivery can go a long way when it comes to selling a middling joke: “People around the world are going through hard times, and movies offer us an escape,” she noted as she took the stage Sunday at the 86th Academy Awards. “Movies inspire us – I’m not saying movies are the most important thing in the world, because we all know the most important thing in the world is youth.”

DeGeneres crowded in as many stars as she could in hopes of generating the most-tweeted photo ever. Within an hour, it surpassed the record holder (President Obama as he was re-elected) while blowing past 1 million retweets. Meryl Streep, who was in the photo, giddily exclaimed: “I’ve never tweeted before!”

Singing his nominated “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” Pharrell Williams had Lupita Nyong’o and Leonardo DiCaprio dancing in the aisles. And yes, he wore his hat.

Quotes of the day:

“... And Harold Ramis, for ‘Groundhog Day’ and ‘Ghostbusters.’”

— Actor Bill Murray, improvising a tribute to his friend, the director and actor, who died last week, during his Oscar presentation

“Thank you for teaching me to dream.”

— Actor Jared Leto, thanking his mother during his acceptance speech for best supporting actor

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