Best and Worst of the 2014 Academy Awards
Ups and downs on the telecast, as always
Best: Matthew McConaughey's best actor acceptance speech
Full disclosure: more than a few people on our staff wanted to put this in the worst column. Maybe a more conventional thank-you to the Academy and everyone he knows would have been more apropos, but I think McConaughey's rambling, almost sermon-esque speech was charming, mighty weird, and one of the highlights of an otherwise dreary show. In describing his dad looking down from the afterlife in his underwear with a lemon meringue pie at his side and a can of beer in his hand, he gave us an indelible image that probably made most of us a little uncomfortable (let your dad wear pants in heaven!). He also worked in some self-help tips for all of us watching him, as if winning the Oscar was a great opportunity for him to unleash his inner Tony Robbins. There are three rules he lives by, which include chasing himself ten years in the future. Look, it made a weird kind of sense, and let's not forget he lost a lot of weight for this role, and he plays a really messed-up guy on "True Detective." If he rambles, he's probably still vitamin deficient, and we love him anyway.
- Liane Bonin Starr