Wednesday, March 12, 2014


With the 86th Oscars well behind us now and the Awards Season has closed its doors. As one last look back I thought I’d get around to *briefly* recapping the Oscars:

I felt the ceremony itself  was just fine. Ellen was rather tame as a host and her product-placement gags not only stretched on and had very little to do with the year in film. One of the highlights of the night was definitely John Travolta introducing Idina Menzel as “Adele Dazeem,” now a universally recognized meme. Was that why Menzel somewhat choked while singing the Oscar-winning original song?

The Wind Rises (2013)

As big a fan as I am of Frozen, the Best Animated Movie should have gone to Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises. I’m only saying that because it’s quite possible the best animated film since his own Spirited Away. Another upset was The Act of Killing losing out to Twenty Feet from Stardom for Best Documentary Feature. The latter is a nice, little,  inspiring movie that nobody will be talking about in a year from now, the former is literally changing the world (let alone it’s impact on individuals). Those differences aside I was happy with most of the other winners, especially 12 Years a Slave and The Great Beauty (for Best Foreign Language Film). It’s rare that the Academy seems to get it so right. Ryan, Sam and I recap some of the night’s acceptance speeches and more in the video below. Look for the complete list of winners after the video:

Best Picture
12 Years a Slave

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best Actor
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actor
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyer’s Club

Best Supporting Actress
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave

Best Costume Design
The Great Gatsby

Best Makeup
Dallas Buyer’s Club

Best Animated Short
Mr. Hublot

Best Animated Movie

Best Visual Effects

Best Live Action Short Film

Best Documentary Short
The Lady In Number 6

Best Documentary Film
20 Feet From Stardom

Best Foreign Language Film
The Great Beauty

Best Sound Mixing

Best Sound Editing

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

Best Production Design
The Great Gatsby

Best Original Score

Best Original Song
“Let it Go” from Frozen

Best Adapted Screenplay
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave

Best Original Screenplay
Spike Jonze, Her

The Act of Killing (2013)

I set a personal best in Oscar predictions this year with 22/24 . (See my previously posted “86th Oscars: Predictions & Submissions.”) In hindsight, I should not have thought the Academy would embrace the challenging and surreal likes of The Act of Killing when a glowing look at some unsung legends in the entertainment industry was also in the running. The only other one I failed to foree was Mr. Hublot winning Best Animated Short, which was anybody’s guess. I thought it’d go to Get a Horse!, which does for the history of animated shorts what The Artist (a recent Oscar darling) does for live-action features. That was a particularly strong category this year and it could have gone to any of the five.

How did you fare in your Oscar predictions? What did you think of the winners? Any particular upsets? And what did you think of the Awards as a whole? Let your voice be heard in the comments below.

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