The Oscars Roundup 2014

I thought I would write a quick blog summarising my quick thoughts on the Oscars this year aswell as giving an idea of my predictions compared to the results.

This years event was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and although I am not a huge fan of the comedienne and her chat show, she did a surprisingly good job, delivering sharp but harmless put downs and a range of topics for her jokes.

So let’s crack right on with the results and have a look at whether my predictions won out:

  • Best Picture Winner: 12 Years a Slave (Correct Prediction)
  • Best Director Winner: Alfonso Cuaron (Correct Pick)
  • Best Actor Winner: Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club (Incorrect Pick)
  • Best Actress Winner: Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine (Incorrect Pick)
  • Best Supporting Actor Winner: Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club (Incorrect Pick)
  • Best Supporting Actress Winner: Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave (Incorrect Pick)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay Winner: 12 Years a Slave (Correct Prediction)
  • Best Original Screenplay Winner: Her (Incorrect Pick)

3/8 – not a great prediction outing this year, and also not a great pick of award winners if I am being honest. I thought the shortlists were disappointing and the winners even more so this year as 12 Years a Slave ran away with 3 awards but Gravity took the place by storm with 7 gongs.

The rest of the awards were as follows:

  • Best Animated Feature Winner: Frozen
  • Best Animated Short Winner: Mr Hublot
  • Best Cinematography Winner: Gravity
  • Best Costume Design Winner: The Great Gatsby
  • Best Documentary Feature Winner: 20 Feet from Stardom
  • Best Documentary Short Winner: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
  • Best Film Editing Winner: Gravity
  • Best Foreign Language Film Winner: The Great Beauty (Italy)
  • Best Live Action Short Winner: Helium
  • Best Make-up Winner: Dallas Buyers Club
  • Best Original Score Winner: Gravity
  • Best Original Song Winner: Let It Go – Frozen
  • Best Production Design Winner: The Great Gatsby
  • Best Sound Editing Winner: Gravity
  • Best Sound Mixing Winner: Gravity
  • Best Visual Effects Winner: Gravity

You can see a full round up of the shortlists and winners over on the BBC website here.

Higlights of the show included Ellen taking a selfie with the stars and posting it on Twitter. She also then proceeded to bring pizza out for all the stars to tuck into.

Jennifer Lawrence, for the second year in a row, fell over her own dress. Last year it was on stage whilst collecting her award, this year it was on the red carpet.

The Brits did great this year, especially in the lesser categories for the more technical awards, with Gravity (a ‘British film) picking up a host of awards for Special Effects and the like. This is great news for this side of the pond I feel. Steve Coogan felt disappointed, as did I, that Philomena picked up nothing and my other disappointment was for Wolf of Wall Street, a great film that got nothing. My biggest disappointment is the Leonardo DiCaprio still hasn’t picked up an Oscar, a crying public shame.

All in all, not the greatest of shows, but not either for a modern Oscars affair. Not great winners, and not a great year for film in reality, but an interesting show. The format is evolving and it was evident this evening with the use of social media and the choice of host. It will be interesting come this time next year to see how much the Oscars can evolve for the modern age of technology and interaction.

By David Roberts

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