The Oscars

This year has been very eventful, despite the fact that we’re just in the beginning of it, especially in the world of entertainment. Now running a paperless blogs, with ideas like saving the world from global degeneration and deforestation hardly leaves me time to write about things like ‘Celebrities’ and the ‘Oscars’, but really, I would not be able to call myself a true fan of great movies if I let my words and opinions about this year’s Academy Awards go unwritten. So putting my paperless ambitions aside, we will delve for a minute into the world of ‘The Oscars’

Gravity swept… everything away with 10 nominations and seven wins; I did not think I’d ever see so many awards go to one movie. Most of the awards did however edge closer to the technical side of things, such as best film effects, best cinematography, best score, best director so if you’re one that appreciates master crafted pieces of exquisite visual work I would safely say that gravity is the movie for you.

Yet another interesting thing that happened was American Hustle, with 10 nominations just like Gravity, but their similarities end there, as they weren’t so lucky. Failing to win even one of the categories it was nominated for, American Hustle left the awards with nothing much to show for. This was quite surprising to me however because I did watch American Hustle and I thought it’d win at least two for sure in the areas of supporting cast and costume design.

Leonardo Dicaprio was once again snubbed this year of another Oscar that I believed was rightfully his’. This isn’t coming from a biased point of view, but I thought that he deserved it more than Matthew did. If people could win awards for getting nominations… lets just say we know who that would go to.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman did win an award… a rather interesting award that has sparked some controversy in the streets of New York. Its not new news that Academy Award winning actor died earlier on this year of a heroin and cocaine over dose, however a street artist did put up an 8-foot sculpture for many to see, and many did see, depicting an Oscar statue injecting itself with what we can safely assume are drugs.

This piece has got mixed reviews some commend him in bringing the problem of substance abuse by celebrities to light while others said simply “You disgust me”.

Although a bit crude I did like the message, which it got across: Drugs are a serious problem and hiding it wont make anything go away.

Finally, lets have a look at the winners list, copied in its entirety:

Best Picture:

  • "American Hustle"
  • "Captain Phillips"
  • "Dallas Buyers Club"
  • "Gravity"
  • "Her"
  • "Nebraska"
  • "Philomena"
  • "12 Years a Slave" WINNER
  • "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips"
  • Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle"
  • Jonah Hill, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
  • Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"
  • Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club" WINNER

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Sally Hawkins, "Blue Jasmine"
  • Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"
  • Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave" WINNER
  • Julia Roberts, "August: Osage County"
  • June Squibb, "Nebraska"

Best Director:

  • David O. Russell, "American Hustle"
  • Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity" WINNER
  • Alexander Payne, "Nebraska"
  • Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
  • Martin Scorsese, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Actor:

  • Christian Bale, "American Hustle"
  • Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
  • Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyer's Club" WINNER

Best Actress:

  • Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
  • Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine" WINNER
  • Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
  • Judi Dench, "Philomena"
  • Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"

Best Original Screenplay:

  • "American Hustle"
  • "Blue Jasmine"
  • "Dallas Buyers Club"
  • "Her" WINNER
  • "Nebraska"

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • "Before Midnight"
  • "Captain Phillips"
  • "Philomena"
  • "12 Years a Slave" WINNER
  • "The Wolf Of Wall Street"

Best Animated Feature:

  • "The Croods"
  • "Despicable Me 2"
  • "Ernest & Celestine"
  • "Frozen" WINNER
  • "The Wind Rises"

Best Foreign Feature:

  • "The Broken Circle Breakdown," Belgium
  • "The Great Beauty," Italy WINNER
  • "The Hunt," Denmark
  • "The Missing Picture," Cambodia
  • "Omar," Palestine

Best Visual Effects:

  • "Gravity" WINNER
  • "The Hobbit: The Desolation"
  • "Iron Man 3"
  • "The Lone Ranger"
  • "Star Trek Into Darkness"

Best Cinematography:

  • "The Grandmaster"
  • "Gravity" WINNER
  • "Inside Llewyn Davis"
  • "Nebraska"
  • "Prisoners"

Best Costume Design:

  • "American Hustle"
  • "The Grandmaster"
  • "The Great Gatsby" WINNER
  • "The Invisible Woman"
  • "12 Years a Slave"

Best Documentary Feature:

  • "The Act of Killing"
  • "Cutie and the Boxer"
  • "Dirty Wars"
  • "The Square"
  • "20 Feet from Stardom" WINNER

Best Documentary Short:

  • "CaveDigger"
  • "Facing Fear"
  • "Karama Has No Walls"
  • "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life" WINNER
  • "Prisoner Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall"

Best Film Editing:

  • "American Hustle"
  • "Captain Phillips"
  • "Dallas Buyers Club"
  • "Gravity" WINNER
  • "12 Years a Slave"

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

  • "Dallas Buyers Club" WINNER
  • "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa"
  • "The Lone Ranger"

Best Music (Original Score):

  • "The Book Thief"
  • "Gravity" WINNER
  • "Her"
  • "Philomena"
  • "Saving Mr. Banks"

Best Music (Original Song):

  • "Alone Yet Not Alone" from "Alone Yet Not Alone"
  • "Happy" from "Despicable Me"
  • "Let It Go" from "Frozen" WINNER
  • "The Moon Song" from "Her"
  • "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

Best Production Design:

  • "American Hustle"
  • "Gravity"
  • "The Great Gatsby" WINNER
  • "Her"
  • "12 Years a Slave"

Best Short Film, Animated:

  • "Feral"
  • "Get a Horse!"
  • "Mr. Hublot" WINNER
  • "Possessions"
  • "Room on the Broom"

Best Short Film, Live Action:

  • "Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)"
  • "Avant Que De Tout Perdre" (Just Before Losing Everything)
  • "Helium" WINNER
  • " Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?" (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
  • "The Voorman Problem"

Best Sound Editing:

  • "All Is Lost"
  • "Captain Phillips"
  • "Gravity" WINNER
  • "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
  • "The Lone Survivor"

Best Sound Mixing:

  • "Captain Phillips"
  • "Gravity" WINNER
  • "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
  • "Inside Llewyn Davis"
  • "Lone Survivor"

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