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Alternative Oscars 2014: Leonardo DiCaprio 'best loser' and Jared Leto 'best lookalike' for Jesus

The unofficial alternative gongs from the big night

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02:  Director Steve McQueen (L) and actor/producer Brad Pitt accept the Best Picture award for '12 Years a Slave' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Director Steve McQueen (L) and actor/producer Brad Pitt accept the Best Picture award for '12 Years a Slave' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02:  Actor/producer Brad Pitt (L) accepts the Best Picture award for '12 Years a Slave' from actor Will Smith onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actor/producer Brad Pitt (L) accepts the Best Picture award for '12 Years a Slave' from actor Will Smith onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
FILE  2014 JANUARY 16:  The 86th Academy Award nominations were announced on January 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  Ellen DeGeneres will host the live show at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood broadcasted Live in the USA on the ABC Network on March 2, 2014 with a special tribute to movie heroes. NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08:  Actor Bradley Cooper attends Grey Goose Vodka and Vanity Fair present in part the world premiere of Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures "American Hustle" at Ziegfeld Theater on December 8, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Grey Goose)
FILE 2014 JANUARY 16: The 86th Academy Award nominations were announced on January 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Ellen DeGeneres will host the live show at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood broadcasted Live in the USA on the ABC Network on March 2, 2014 with a special tribute to movie heroes. NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Actor Bradley Cooper attends Grey Goose Vodka and Vanity Fair present in part the world premiere of Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures "American Hustle" at Ziegfeld Theater on December 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Grey Goose)

If like most of the rest of the world you now are now fully up to speed on the official winners at this year’s Academy Awards, you may not be aware who came out on top in this year’s highly unofficial alternative Oscars.

With two gongs, Jared Leto is the undisputed winner as far as remarkable incidents, sensational comments and fantastic photo opportunities are concerned – and Leonardo DiCaprio is everyone’s favourite loser, again.

From Best Photobomb to Best PR Stunt, we take a very unacademic look at who came out on top in the light-hearted alternative universe of the internet.

Best Twitter Rant - Rose McGowan

In one of the world's finest examples where the phrase "took to Twitter" can be fully justified, the actress Rose McGowan bombarded social media with a furious rant after this year's Oscars audience failed to give 81-year-old star Kim Novak a standing ovation.

“Kim Novak! No standing ovation?! Self-obsessed and disrespectful, that sums up the Oscar audience,” she wrote.

Then she retweeted herself for good measure.

Liza Minnelli in her blue trouser suit (right)
Liza Minnelli in her blue trouser suit (right)

Best Wardrobe Malfunction Liza Minnelli

She may be a legend of US entertainment, but Liza Minnelli shocked viewers with her "borderline obscene" electric blue trouser suit last night.

Apparently she had "forgotten" to wear underwear - or at least, that's the verdict Twitter came to.

Best Product Placement - Samsung

An early front-runner to take a Best Selfie award, Ellen DeGeneres' celebrity-stuffed photograph has since been demoted to being referred to as "'a moment devoid of all subtlety".

The general consensus among tech commentators is that the picture, taken by Bradley Cooper and later breaking Twitter's retweet function, was an elaborate ruse to get Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 on to centre stage.

Ellen DeGeneres' selfie during Oscars 2014
Ellen DeGeneres' selfie during Oscars 2014

Best PR StuntJennifer Lawrence

A controversial victory in the alternative Oscars now, after Twitter users turned on their usual darling and previous actual-Oscars winner Jennifer Lawrence.

Last year she "fell on to the stage and fell into our hearts" - and this time the American Hustle star got her tumble out of the way early on.

Social media users were unforgiving, though, with many questioning: "Is Jennifer Lawrence falling over on purpose?

Best PhotobombingU2 with Benedict Cumberbatch

Looking very serious and surly on the red carpet last night, U2 were just asking for someone to inject a little fun into proceedings.

Thankfully, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch happily (and acrobatically) obliged.

An honourable mention for this award should go to Peter N'yong'O, the brother of Lupita Nyong'O and the only non-actor to get in on that selfie.

Best Political Shoehorn Jared Leto

On the heels of other greats such as Marlon Brando or more recently David Bowie, 30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto accepted an award with a slightly awkward attempt to shoehorn in a political message.

"To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here and as you struggle to… to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible… We’re thinking of you tonight," he said.

An admirable attempt, if a little out of place.

Best Tribute To Late ColleagueBill Murray

Everyone loves Bill Murray - that's just a fact - and they did so just that little bit more last night after he went off-script with an emotional tribute to the late comedy star and colleague Harold Ramis.

Needless to say, the shout-out to the actor, who died last week aged 69, was well-received.

Jared Leto
Jared Leto

Best LookalikeJared Leto

Ensuring Mr Leto as the big winner from this year's awards, it's a second gong for the man who seems never to age and who can do no wrong at the moment.

Apparently, his hair stylist found it a challenge to make sure "that he doesn't look like a woman" this year.

Mission accomplished, then, as he ended up looking not unlike the Messiah himself.

Best LoserLeonardo DiCaprio

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Leonardo DiCaprio should, by now, have won a Best Actor Academy Award.

No one would begrudge a bit of recognition for the extraordinary revival of Matthew McConaughey - who, by the way, thanked himself in his acceptance speech last night.

But with his gracious non-acceptance of an award and his enormous popularity among Google-searching fans, surely it is only a matter of time before DiCaprio claims his place among the greats.

Further reading

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The photo that broke Twitter: Ellen DeGeneres' selfie during Oscars 2014 crashes website and beats Obama pic for most retweeted

Oscars 2014: Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave wins best picture award 

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