2014 Academy Awards

The 2014 86th Academy Awards have just finished for another year with best picture going to 12 Years A Slave DVD.

I thought host Ellen DeGeneres’s opening was a little flat but also gave us one of the funniest moment of the awards when she joked there are only two options tonight, either 12 Years A Slave wins Best Picture, or you’re all racists.

Raging hot favourite Aussie Cate Blanchett came through and won Best Actress as expected for the incredible Blue Jasmine. Matthew McConaughey was favourite for Best Actor and also won for Dallas Buyers Club.

With the exception of missing out on the big award, the biggest winner of the night was the movie Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney even though neither won their individual categories but Director Alfonso Cuaron did take out the converted Best Director award. Gravity won a swag of technical awards including for sound and cinematography.

There wasn’t a lot of surprises throughout the night with Frozen DVD winning best animated movie. It also won for best original song.

There were three standing ovations for the night. One went to Bette Midler after her oh-no-not-again performance of Wind Beneath My Wings. The other standing ovation went to Pink for her outstanding performance of Somewhere Over The Rainbow celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Wizard Of Oz. Must have been a little daunting with Judy Garland’s daughter Liza Minelli in the audience.

One of the most popular decisions of the night went to Lupita Nyong’o who won Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years A Slave and was clearly humbled by the standing ovation. It will be very interesting to see this incredibly talented actress grow over the years. Might have to revisit this blog in 5 years time.

Jared Leto won best supporting actor for Dallas Buyers Club after taking 5 years away from acting while concentrating on his band 30 Seconds To Mars. Though some of us may remember him starring with Claire Danes in the 1990s TV Show My So Called Life.

All up I wouldn’t call it the best Oscars with very few surprises but the movies nominated this year, I think, is one of the best batch in years.

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