AWARDS SEASON™ Shenanigans: Oscars 2014 Recap

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So who was completely and ridiculously exhausticated by 6PM NZT today?

Me.

Anyway. Ellen DeGeneres hosted the ceremony this year for the second time – the second time in her life, not the second time this year because there is only one Oscars ceremony per year – and she was hilarious and punchy and on form as always. Did you guys know she’s 56 years old? And still she looks amazing.

Her opening monologue was awesome, I particularly loved the way she ribbed Jennifer Lawrence about tripping over again this year.  How awesome is she that she was able to incorporate that into her speech, which would’ve been rehearsed over and over, and Ellen just slipped it in there and carried on like normal.

I missed the first part of the ceremony as I had to run out to do some real life things (I know, I was surprised, too) but I got back early enough to catch the bulk of the awards. Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing because MAN do the Academy Awards go on forever or what?

I didn’t end up making any guesses at all because I ended up not watching many if any of the films. Will make an effort to get stuck into them in the next decade or so. But out of all the winners I’m very happy that Gravity won a whopping seven times, winning the most out of all the other films.  Dallas Buyers Club was the another multiple winner, scoring Best Supporting and Best Lead Actor with Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey respectively, plus the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar.

(I continue to be amazed that McConaughey has made such a turnaround in his career because all I remember him in is The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.  His acceptance speech was kinda weird, though…)

The other three-award winner was 12 Years A Slave, winning the super coveted ultimate battle fight award: Best Picture!  We all knew that would win.  On top of that, first-time nominee Lupita Nyong’o won her Best Supporting Actress category, and John Ridley contributed to the tally by winning Best Adapted Screenplay.

Three for Dallas, three for 12 Years, and none for American Hustle, BYE.  Sorry, American Hustle.  I haven’t watched you but I will.  Sometime.  Also, sorry Leo 😦 It is too painful to talk about it right now but come back to me in a year or so.

Other notable mentions:
+ Idina Menzel performing “Let It Go.”  John Travolta had one job to do today and he mucked it up because I have no idea what name he said when he announced Idina. I guess we will just have to let it go. Either way, she was really good, and now I have to watch Frozen. Total chore.

+ Cate Blanchett dropping truth bombs about women in film. You drop those bombs, Cate! I can’t wait to see you make out with Rooney Mara in Carol.

+ HOW COULD I FORGET THE GREATEST SELFIE OF ALL TIME? So massive it broke Twitter. I loved how she talked about it on TV, and then tweeted it, and was able to deliver the results of her experiment live again on TV. Too awesome.https://24.media.tumblr.com/e4d86b7c3e6378a637268a3a2ce88aa8/tumblr_n1ubfhMIjv1r5zq6ao1_400.gifBhxWutnCEAAtEQ6
[courtesy of Ellen’s Twitter]

And that is it from me.  I am way more wiped than I thought I would be.  Must be getting old.  Here is the full list of winners!  Until the next awards season…

Best Picture – 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor in a Leading Role – Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress in a Leading Role – Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Best Animated Feature – Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho)
Best Cinematography – Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Best Costume Design – The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin)
Best Directing – Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
Best Documentary Feature – 20 Feet from Stardom (Nominees to be determined)
Best Documentary Short – The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (Malcolm Clarke, Nicholas Reed)
Best Film Editing – Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger)
Best Foreign Language Film – The Great Beauty (Italy)
Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews)
Best Original Score – Gravity (Steven Price)
Best Original Song – Let It Go – Frozen
Best Production Design – The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn)
Best Animated Short Film – Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares)
Best Live Action Short Film – Helium (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson)
Best Sound Editing – Gravity (Glenn Freemantle)
Best Sound Mixing – Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)
Best Visual Effects – Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould)
Best Adapted Screenplay – 12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)
Best Original Screenplay – Her (Spike Jonze)

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