I’m re-watching the Oscars of last night (morning to us here in Finland) and Lupita Nyong’o, the Queen of the evening and Best Actress in a Supporting Role, is about to get her Oscar again. She was so graceful, so beautiful. Here is her speech if you haven’t heard it, it’s worth to listen (I’m so awfully tired that I’m crying here, again):
Let’s see what else happened.
The Best Picture went deservedly to 12 Years a Slave. That was the option number one according to Ellen and so it was. (Option number two was that everyone in the hall is racist.) All in all I had 18 out of 24 correct because I took some chances, wrongly, against all odds. The winners were not surprising. And this year it was just fine. I kinda hoped that Leo DiCaprio would have won Best Actor in a Leading Role instead of Matthew McConaughey, especially after his acceptance speech, but because Dallas Buyers Club was great, I don’t mind. Cate Blanchett won Best Actress in a Leading Role. Besides Lupita, Jared Leto, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, gave great speech. See here:
Best Director went expectedly to Alfonso Cuarón and Best Adapted Screenplay, also expectedly, to 12 Years a Slave. And even though I had predicted that American Hustle would take Original Screenplay, I’m so unbelievably happy that it didn’t but Her did. For once it went right.
Frozen took home Best Animated Feature and Best Song, so I didn’t need to become angry at any time of the evening. John Travolta named Idina Menzel Adela Dazeem (that person has her own Twitter account now) who sang Let It Go of Frozen (unfortunately not so well as I hoped; it looked like she was nervous) and other singing acts did nice job in their performances. Especially Pharrell Williams who jammed with the front row:
The Best Foreign Language Film went to Italy, to La Grande Bellezza. And Best Documentary to 20 Feet from Stardom which was, to me, the most annoying price of the evening. They could have chosen something a bit deeper meaning… Shorts: Live Action went to Helium (I changed my prediction yesterday, before that I had Helium, how very annoying), Animation to Mr. Hublot (only real surprise to me but nice one because it was my favourite of the bunch) and Documentary to The Lady in Number 6 (again good acceptance speech). Ooooh, Cumberbatch is in telly! Thanks to The Academy for adding him to the show and thanks to him for photobombing U2:
Quite many people have been complaining about heros theme, I don’t. I liked it. It reminded me why they make movies and how many great, uplifting films there are. I need to watch my indys, bonds and potters again. And nolans, marvels and georgebaileys too. And In Memoriam, that was beautiful. I really liked Glenn Close’s short speech before the montage. Like was the tribute to The Wizard of Oz. And the fact that real Philomena and Captain Phillips were present. All in all, I and rest of our viewing party was very happy. And kudos to Ellen DeGeneres for that, she did a great job!
Back to the trophies. Best Cinematography, Editing, Visual Effects (duh!), Sound Mixing and Editing and Score went to Gravity. I thought that editing might go to Captain Phillips but was not surprised that Gravity took it. Gravity was, with seven wins, the biggest winner of the night. But for sure, not the only one.
Dallas Buyers Club took home Best Make-up and Hairstyling (thankfully!) and The Great Gatsby both; Best Production Design and Costumes.
Here are all of the winners once more:
- Best Picture “12 Years a Slave”
- Direction Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”
- Actor Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
- Actress Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
- Supporting Actor Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
- Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
- Adapted Screenplay “12 Years a Slave,” John Ridley
- Original Screenplay “Her,” Spike Jonze
- Cinematography “Gravity,” Emmanuel Lubezki
- Production Design “The Great Gatsby,” Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn
- Film Editing “Gravity,” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
- Visual Effects “Gravity,” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
- Costume Design “The Great Gatsby,” Catherine Martin
- Makeup “Dallas Buyers Club,” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
- Sound Editing “Gravity,” Glenn Freemantle
- Sound Mixing “Gravity,” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
- Score “Gravity,” Steven Price
- Song “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
- Foreign Language Film “The Great Beauty” (Italy)
- Animated Feature “Frozen”
- Documentary Feature “20 Feet From Stardom”
- Animated Short “Mr. Hublot”
- Documentary Short “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”
- Live Action Short “Helium”
And finally, the best thing of the evening, crashing down Twitter with the most re-tweeted selfie ever (that’s 2,7 millions at the moment!):