It’s that time of year again – the one and only, Oscars. Which means GIFs, GIFs and more GIFs (yes). With over 43 million viewers this year, 2014’s ceremony and it’s stars gave us some of the most shareable social media moments to last us until next years awards. Counting down from 10 to 1…
10. Ellen, the good witch of the north.
Perfectly sums up how we all feel when dressed in something OTT ridiculous.
9. Jim Carey, still the master of facial contortion.
“Of course, the magic I’m referring to is LSD… I might be reading that wrong. It’s animation. Wow, I was way off.” Never change JC!
8. Ellen, ‘Selfie’
The first of many…
7. Julie Roberts, what big teeth you have…
The happiest and most radient I have seen this pretty woman looking in a loooong time. Lovely!
6. JLaw Fall
Wouldn’t be the #Oscars without a tumble from Jennifer Lawrence. Bless.
5. Benedict Cumberbatch Photo Bomb
Thank you Jebus for the magnificant Mr Benedict Cumberbatch aka Khan aka Smaug aka Sherlock aka awesome! (Aware this isn’t a GIF but it’s too brilliant not to be in this list.)
Leo’s face. Priceless.
3. Lupita Nyong’o Wins The Best Supporting Actress Award
Pure joy, love and everything this world should be.
2. The Selfie That Broke Twitter
Only Ellen could make this happen… (what Hollywood dreams are made of.)
1. Steve McQueen Clap
The only clap you will even need to share on social media again. Ever.
With Valentine’s Day already taking over the interwebs, here’s my spin on the “sucks if you’re single” greeting card holiday – my top 5 list of the stupidest, craziest (and cheesy) love songs and the movies that made them…
Song: Wet, Wet, Wet’s Love Is All Around
Movie: Four Weddings & A Funeral, directed by Richard Curtis, staring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell.
Released in 1994, the cover version of the Troggs single, Love Is All Around, (yeah, it wasn’t even their own work), beat out and equalled Bryan Adams’ just as crap (Everything I Do) I Do It for You for the most weeks spent at number 1 in the charts. Coincidently, (Everything I Do) I Do It for You, was the feature romantic track in the Kevin Costner movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (which is just too much wrong to feature in this list).
The song was later spoofed by Bill Nighly’s character Billy Mac, “an old ex-heroin addict searching for a comeback at any price” in Curtis’s, Love Actually, where the word “love” is replaced by Christmas. As Billy Mac suggests, “particularly enjoy the incredible crassness of the moment when we try to squeeze an extra syllable into the fourth line.”
Song: Roxette’s It Must Have Been Love
Movie: Pretty Woman, directed by Garry Marshall, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts
It Must Have Been Love was the most successful song released from the Pretty Woman soundtrack in 1991, spending its first of two weeks at #1. Billboard magazine listed It Must Have Been Love as the #2 Hot 100 single of the year behind Wilson Phillips’ Hold On, which has since had a resurgence thanks to featuring in the 2011 romcom smash hit, Bridesmaids.
Roxette later had another of their many power ballads, Almost Unreal, used as the romantic song for Super Mario Brothers in 1993. It was originally intended for Hocus Pocus, which started Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker as witches.
Song: Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes’ I’ve Had the Time of My Life
Movie: Dirty Dancing, directed by Emile Ardolino, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.
Sure, this song won a few awards; Academy Award for Best Original Song 1987, Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals 1988, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song 1988…
But it’s biggest reward was being parodied by pop culture icons The Simpsons and Family Guy. In Family Guy’s Star Wars tribute episode, Blue Harvest, Herbert (resident pedo) playing Obi-Wan Kenobi sings a cover version to Luke Skywalker (Chris) while stormtroopers and other heroes cheer on as back-up dancers. Most recently the song featured, along with the movie, in the new sitcom, New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel
Song: Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On
Movie: Titanic, directed by James Cameron, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet
Originally composed by James Horner as an instrumental motif that was to be used in several scenes of Titanic, Horner later decided he wanted to make a full vocal song out of it for use in the end credits of the film. Director James Cameron did not want such a song, but Horner went ahead anyway and got Will Jennings to write the lyrics. Celine Dion was also originally against recording the song after first hearing it.
If only James and Celine had stuck with their original gut instincts…
Song: Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody
Movie: Ghost, directed by Jerry Zucker, starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore
This would have to be the most memorable and best scripted song in a romantic movie. Ever.
Responsible for making pottery a sexy pastime (with a little help from Demi and Patrick), this song was aptly used in a parody commercial, Forclay, for Ford Fiesta. If it can make German engineers moulding cars out of clay look sexy, then this has to take the top spot in my crazy, stupid list!