The 86th Academy Awards made history Sunday night: Steve McQueen became the first black person to win the best picture prize, accepting the golden statuette as producer of the harrowing true-life story, 12 Years a Slave. McQueen lost the directing Oscar to Alfonso Cuaron, but the Gravity man’s win was historic, too: the Mexican-born Cuaron became the first Latino to win the Academy’s best director prize.
But will we remember any of that when people look back on the ceremonies celebrating 2013’s best? Or will they just talk about how host Ellen DeGeneres "broke” Twitter with her star-studded selfie – Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Lupita Nyong’o and her brother mugging with Degeneres as she wielded her Samsung down in the front rows, breaking the record for the most retweets (1.7 million) in less than an hour? DeGeneres had trouble getting her lines out when she was up on the Dolby Theatre stage presiding over the evening’s long, lumbering show. But the comedian displayed way more skill – and enthusiasm – in her role as social media diva, beaming as she showed off her super-selfies and boasting to a worldwide TV audience that she had brought Twitter crashing down, all thanks to her stiff-arming, smart-phoning, hashtagging prowess.
Talk about swimming in the lake of me. DeGeneres celebrates her Twitter might, while McQueen breaks a Hollywood color barrier – with a film that powerfully and provocatively explores America’s troubled past and the seeds of racism sown centuries ago. Retweet that, why dontcha?