The 86th annual Academy Awards aren’t just a big night for the Hollywood elite, they also prove a huge showing for social media — as evidenced by host Ellen DeGeneres’ truly epic selfie experiment, which broke Twitter.
MTV News has pulled together some of the most pertinent Facebook statistics from the night. Here’s our recap of the most buzzed-about photos, posts and articles on social media:
Most liked: A photo of Star Trek alum George Takei on the Oscars red carpet. Does there really need to be a reason? Our guess is that the openly gay actor was in attendance to support “Dallas Buyers Club,” which took home three Oscars: Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey), Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto) and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
Most comments: Was it a post about Jennifer Lawrence’s red carpet trip? Ellen’s pizza delivery? Lupita’s tearful acceptance speech? Nope, it was ESPN’s fill-in-the-blank query, “And the Oscar for Greatest Sports Movie of All Time goes to …”
Most shared: Naturally, it’s a photobomb — but not just any photo op crash will do for this level of social media status. This might go down as one of the most epic photobombs ever. To put it bluntly: It involves an airborne Benedict Cumberbatch. Wait — it gets better! He’s strategically hovering over U2′s Bono. Let the memes begin! Feast your eyes on the spectacle, care of BuzzFeed.
Best performance: The most overperforming Facebook post of the night fittingly went to the honoree of one of the year’s best performances — a photo of first-time feature actress and first-time Oscar winner (not to mention breakout fashion icon Lupita Nyong’o, clutching her Best Supporting Actress statuette with well-deserved glee.
Most celebrated actor/actress: Again, Nyong’o reigns supreme as the queen of the evening. The “12 Years a Slave” actress’ moving speech was quoted multiple times, her win was championed and her style was obsessed over.
Aside from the hard data, we also unearthed two truly fun Oscar-related posts that had Facebookers commenting, sharing and liking.
How about this for the most legit congratulatory video ever? NASA posted a message from astronaut Mike Massimino, sending accolades to “Gravity” for its “big win.” We’re presuming he was referring to the most high-profile of the film’s seven Academy Awards, director Alfonso Cuaron’s Best Director triumph.
The Onion is always on point with its satirical awards show coverage, and it was at it again in high form with a hilarious article, “Jennifer Lawrence Stuns in Oscar De La Hoya Gown,” featuring a photo of Lawrence photoshopped into a satin boxing robe. Even if the getup was real, we’re pretty sure the gorgeous Lawrence would still stun.