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Liza Minnelli's Best (and Worst) Moments from Last Night's Oscars: VIDEO, PHOTOS


Because the world always needs more Liza Minnelli!

Liza Minnelli came to the Oscars last night with Lorna and Joey Luft, Judy Garland's other children, to see their late mother honored in a tribute to the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.

She wore "classic Halston" with a matching blue streak in her hair. People noticed.

The night had a few (but not enough) Liza moments, beginning with the stunned reaction when Ellen DeGeneres compared her to a drag queen:

The WaPo reports:

“Hello to the best Liza Minnelli impersonator I’ve ever seen,” she said — to Minnelli herself. “Good job, sir.”

In the live audience: … crickets.

And on Twitter: raw outrage. Particularly among members of the LGBT community who considered DeGeneres’ joke “transphobic.”

Liza seemed a bit stunned, though apparently Lorna thought it was hilarious. Liza has no problem with drag queens, however.


Then Liza tried to get in on the record-breaking Twitter selfie. Didn't work.

As some Twitter users noted: "We Are All Liza Minnelli Getting Shut Out Of The Ellen Selfie."

Tweeted Harry Clayton-Wright: "POOR LIZA. It's just not her night. #Oscars2014"


No Liza. See the making of the selfie HERE.

She did get her own selfie though:

And when it was time for Liza, Lorna, and Joey to stand up and be recognized before the tribute to their mother, you could have blinked and missed it. Why they were not allowed to come out and introduce the segment is unclear.

Though she did get some respect from Piers Morgan out on the red carpet beforehand.


Liza needs to be a fixture at every Oscars.

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  1. "And on Twitter: raw outrage. Particularly among members of the LGBT community who considered DeGeneres’ joke “transphobic.”"

    Wrong. There is no such thing as an "LGBT community." That is pure fiction. There is an LGB community and there is a T community. The latter consists of a few hundred mentally ill people, many of whom have criminal records.

    WaPo is surely referring to the latter, who just found one more enemy to hate. They can add Ellen to that ever growing list, which includes everyone from NPH to Piers Morgan to Steven Colbert to Dan Savage and about 1000 other progressive and LGB people. Trans activists are insane haters and should be avoided at all costs.

    BTW, it is supposed to be "transphobic" to confuse transgenders with drag queens. But in this case, since it serves the purposes of the trans activists, a joke about drag queens is taken to be a matter of concern for transgenders.

    Posted by: Matthew | Mar 3, 2014 1:13:25 PM

  2. Note to Ellen: there's a time and a place to show a little respect. Given the context, the "sir" comment was disgraceful.

    Posted by: Tony | Mar 3, 2014 1:13:29 PM

  3. The joke was funny. It was funny because Liza, who is awesome, really did look like a drag queen. Why? Her hair, her clothes and her makeup. It was funny because I doubt she intended to look like a drag queen.

    Sometimes I look like a girl without intending to. Someone makes a joke about it, I look in the mirror, and it really is funny. Is it degrading to women? Of course not. To men? No. To me? No, because girls are awesome and so am I.

    It's funny because it was a little true and unexpected, like every funny joke.

    Posted by: Jude | Mar 3, 2014 1:17:58 PM

  4. Sorry haters (not really) but there has been an LGBT community for a long time and will continue into the foreseeable future. We stand together against intolerance and ignorance, including from transphobic homos.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Mar 3, 2014 1:18:59 PM

  5. Someone please deport that schmuck Piers. We have Donald Dump to thank for throwing him up on us.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Mar 3, 2014 1:21:30 PM

  6. SPACECADET: did you find the joke offensive, and if so, why?

    Posted by: UGH | Mar 3, 2014 1:27:43 PM

  7. In this life, we are unlikely to find a group as messed up, as nasty, and as vile as transgenders. They attack everyone all the time. They have no sense of respect for anyone. But they are outraged at perceived slights against them or a failure to follow one of their many hundreds of rules of etiquette. To hell with all of them.

    Posted by: Despina | Mar 3, 2014 1:29:59 PM

  8. Despina, good comment but I'm gonna have to disagree with you on one thing. Transgenders don't attack everyone. They primarily attack LGB people, women, and progressives. When was the last time you saw one of these nut jobs protesting Pat Robertson or denouncing Liberty University or tweeting furiously about Bryan Fischer? They don't bother with that.

    They attack people for the pleasure it brings them to see their victims grovel and apologize. Therefore, they only attack the people who were stupid enough to shown them some compassion and charity. They know that LGBs will get on their knees to beg for forgiveness for breaking whatever nonsensical rule the trannies just invented. This gives the trannies a hard on underneath their tucks. The rightwing will never grovel, so the trannies leave them alone.

    This is all about sadism. Transgenders are inherently both sadistic and masochistic. This is one reason why transgenderism remains in the DSM V, albeit under new classifications.

    Posted by: Matthew | Mar 3, 2014 1:39:07 PM

  9. Yes, Ellen's joke about a Liza Minnelli impersonator is funny! Yes, the shot of Garland's three children was too perfunctory. By and by, did anyone catch the first Cadillac commercial of the evening? It made me want to join an "Occupy" protest immediately.

    Posted by: Jonathan OZ | Mar 3, 2014 1:53:27 PM

  10. Liza is an icon. How the hell was did Lupita's brother get in on the selfie and not Liza?
    Just riding his sister fame.

    Posted by: Twins | Mar 3, 2014 1:57:24 PM

  11. I wasn't offended by the joke, if you read my previous comment I said it was funny. My latter comment is directed at the obvious transphobes who can't stand the solidarity of LGBT. They are no better than homophobes. Shame on them.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Mar 3, 2014 2:04:54 PM

  12. Lupita's brother isn't riding anyone's fame, duh. He was there as his sister's guest and best friend and he said in an interview afterwards that it was a spontaneous once in a lifetime moment so he jumped in. Many others would have done the same if given the opportunity. And he didn't have anything to do with Liza not getting in the shot. Dummy.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Mar 3, 2014 2:11:38 PM

  13. Liza looked high as a kite

    Posted by: Seth | Mar 3, 2014 2:50:23 PM

  14. @Spacecadet
    You're an idiot. You know exactly what I meant.
    He was a guest not a star at the Oscars.

    Posted by: Twins | Mar 3, 2014 2:59:34 PM

  15. @Spacecadet
    You're an idiot. You know exactly what I meant.
    He was a guest not a star at the Oscars.

    Posted by: Twins | Mar 3, 2014 2:59:34 PM

  16. Just because everyone can type and tweet doesn't mean that every twitter outrage is justified. Clearly ppl need to think about what Ellen said - it was a joke - it could have been interpreted as some guy posing as Liza. She's a gay icon - drag queens impersonating Liza Minnelli is as natural as Maggie Gallagher spewing hate.

    I only wish people would come out as Liza's nipple at the Oscars for Halloween this year.

    Posted by: Alfred | Mar 3, 2014 3:17:06 PM

  17. @Twins. You're the idiot and jealous to boot. Have a nice life!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Mar 3, 2014 3:29:08 PM

  18. I am such a complete idiot I thought it was a man in drag when Ellen made the remark.

    I didnt know that the real Liza Minelli was there to honor her mother.

    Posted by: AmericanDreamer | Mar 3, 2014 3:48:38 PM

  19. Also does Liza Minelli have Parkinson's Disease or something similar?
    That would be tragic but there was definitely something going on there between her body movement and her facial expression.

    Posted by: AmericanDreamer | Mar 3, 2014 3:49:30 PM

  20. "And on Twitter: raw outrage"

    Twitter is notoriously, absurdly dogmatic on gender and transgender issues. I wouldn't give any weight to Twitter's reaction on Ellen's joke, or ... well ... anything.

    It's not unusual for a drag queen to dress as Liza. Ellen is not a transphobe, for f--- sake.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 3, 2014 5:45:19 PM

  21. If Chere was sitting in that seat, she could have used the same joke. People need to chill.

    Posted by: BETTY | Mar 3, 2014 5:48:25 PM

  22. Oops! CHER not chere

    Posted by: BETTY | Mar 3, 2014 5:48:54 PM

  23. The joke was not offensive to me- but some of Ellen's pizza routine just went on and on and on. Liza is a GAY ICON-she is almost 70 and might not be in the best of shape - but she still deserves to be respected.

    Posted by: jarago | Mar 3, 2014 6:01:39 PM

  24. Piers Morgan asked her if she had ever sung with Charles Aznavour? Does he have any credibility? I found the entire evening to be trite and pointless. I think the format has overstayed its welcome. Half-assed attempts to convince a bunch of mindless narcissists that they have artistic intent and integrity just don't fly in a world where everyone is racing to be in on the joke.

    Posted by: Alex N | Mar 3, 2014 6:05:50 PM

  25. This post and the commentary on it demonstrates why many of the great stars practically became recluses in later years. Why make yourself a target for cheap commentary by nobodies? This is not to say that Liza hasn't earned some criticism, but at what point do you stop kicking another human being when they're already down?

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 3, 2014 6:56:49 PM

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