Ellen Degeneres hosted the 86th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood last night in an incredibly tight-raced year.
Another Oscars has come and gone. Pundits have chimed in and viewers took to Twitter and Facebook voicing their cheers and ‘jeers’. The big winner of the night ultimately was Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, which ended up taking home three Oscars including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress and the coveted Best Picture of the year. The biggest movie of the night, maybe even the year, was Gravity, taking home seven Oscars (more than any other this year) including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron, who was thought to be the front-runner since winning the DGA’s.
Though the vote was split between 12 Years A Slave and Gravity, it was Dallas Buyer’s Club that took the lead in the acting departments as both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. Rounding out the Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress was Lupita Nyong’o for her heart-wrenching performance in 12 Years A Slave and Cate Blanchett for the Woody Allen dramedy, Blue Jasmine.
Those who follow the trade and awards’ circuit, are already noting how competitive this year’s Oscars was and the split in the vote for Best Director and Best Picture spear-heads that discussion. However, there were no real surprises this year, as almost all the awards were handed out to the nominees perceived to win judging by the guild awards including the Producer’s Guild (a tie between 12 years and Gravity), Director’s Guild (Cuaron), and the Writer’s Guild (Spike Jonze for Her).
It was also a night of firsts. as Cuaron became the first Latino to win Best Director and ’12 years’ became the first film directed by a black filmmaker to go on to win Best Picture. McQueen accepted his award which he shared with producers Brad Pitt, Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner and Anthony Katagas, and finished:
“The last word: everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup. I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery. And the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today. Thank you very much. Thank you.”
The full list of winners are below, which doesn’t include American Hustle, which went 0 for ten in every category it was nominated for:
- 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 Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
- Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
- Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino
- Best Animated Feature: Frozen
- Best Documentary Feature: 20 Feet from Stardom
- Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
- Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her
- Best Cinematography: Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki
- Best Film Editing: Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger
- Best Original Score: Gravity, Steven Price
- Best Production Design: The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)
- Best Costume Design:The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin
- Best Sound Editing: Gravity, Glenn Freemantle
- Best Sound Mixing: Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
- Best Visual Effects: Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk and Neil Corbould
- Best Makeup and Hair: Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
- Best Original Song: “Let It Go,” Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
- Best Documentary Short: The Lady in Number 6
- Best Animated Short: Mr Hublot
- Best Live Action Short: Helium
What did you think of this year’s Oscars? Were your picks snubbed or did they come out on top? Who else wanted to give Leo a hug? Let us know in the comments section below!