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The Real MVP of Last Night's Academy Awards

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | February 23, 2015 |

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | February 23, 2015 |

Last night’s Oscars ceremony was light on drama. The winners were mostly expected, and the actors and actresses who won — and who have been winning most of the awards season — were well prepared with their speeches, and while some of them were great (J.K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette), they were not particularly spontaneous (save for, perhaps, Eddie Redmayne’s giddiness, which is the same glee he displays right before he SWALLOWS YOUR SOUL). Neil Patrick Harris was working, apparently, from a script written by Colin Jost, and while some of the music numbers were nice, in an already bloated ceremony, they seemed gratuitous.

indeed, the only thing that kept me awake in my inebriated stupor by the end of the show as Courtney’s liveblog and Chris Pine, the real MVP of last night’s Oscars. Aside from Meryl Streep’s reaction to Patricia Arquette’s speech, Chris Pine provided one of the few moments of genuine, spontaneous emotion during the ceremony when he shed that single tear during Common and John Legend’s performance of “Glory” from Selma.


But that wasn’t all. After Common and John Legend gave their speech for winning the award for Best Original Song, who was the first person to stand up? Chris Pine (at 1:34).

Everyone else is still sitting, but Pine was in the moment. In fact, I don’t even know if he ever sat down after the musical performance. He was probably just swaying their, tears streaming down his face, a cigarette lighter waving in the air.

After the show, he also provided us with the picture of the night from the Vanity Fair Oscar Party:


Oh, and by the way, he apparently spent much of the weekend hanging out with Zoe Kravitz (daughter of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz), with whom he reportedly has an on-again, off-again romantic relationship. She’s kind of amazing.

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In a year that was dominated by the other Chrisses — Pratt and Evans — it was nice to see Pine — the best, and maybe only good part of Into the Woods — can still compete with the Marvel universe.

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