2014 Academy Award Winners + my thoughts

Alright, alright, alright. The Oscars have came and went. I went 18/24 (mind you, I left the short categories blank as I had no clue) As always, I had a great time tweeting with everyone about it. Even though host Ellen actually broke Twitter after taking a selfie. I thought she did a great job hosting. She was very interactive with the audience. (both there and at home) Plus she ordered pizza and told a dick joke, so she wins in my book. Here's a list of the winners. They are in bold, and my thoughts are in green.

Best Picture
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street
This was very deserving, and Steve McQueen gave a great speech at the end of the night. Plus Paul Dano was up on stand, and I will never tire of watching that.
Best Director
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
I know I'm in the minority, but I would've rather seen McQueen win this one.
Best Actress
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Her speech was classy,classy, classy.
Best Actor
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
NOOOOO Leo!! Actually, I'm happy for McConaughey, I really am. He gave a great performance, but I shall not rest until Leo is given his overdue Oscar.
Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
He started this whole thing out with an amazing speech, then he was topped by...
Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska
Not only did I squeal and clap when she won, but I almost cried after her speech. It was so beautiful and elegant. It's fitting because she literally looked like a princess last night.
Best Adapted Screenplay
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight
Billy Ray, Captain Phillips
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Terence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Original Screenplay
Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, American Hustle
Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, Dallas Buyers Club
Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
I'm SO glad Her won something. It certainly deserved this.
Best Original Song
“Happy,” Despicable Me 2; music and lyrics by Pharrell Williams
“Let It Go,” Frozen; music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“The Moon Song,” Her; music by Karen O., lyrics by Karen O. and Spike Jonze
“Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; music by Paul Hewson, Dan Evans, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen, a.k.a. U2; lyrics by Paul Hewson, a.k.a. Bono
Let It Go was really underwhelming (Especially when Karen O. and Pharrell gave awesome live performances of their songs) but the husband and wife duo that won gave a really sweet speech.
Best Animated Feature
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises
Best Documentary — Feature
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet from Stardom
The best part of this was when one of the singers in the film started singing her acceptance speech, and Bill Murray jumped to his feet like a fucking fan boy.
Best Foreign Language Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium
The Great Beauty, Italy
The Hunt, Denmark
The Missing Picture, Cambodia
Omar, Palestine
This was the one time during the ceremony that I was like "WHAT!?!?!" I really wanted The Hunt to win. 
Best Original Score
John Williams, The Book Thief
Steven Price, Gravity
William Butler and Owen Pallett, Her
Alexandre Desplat, Philomena
Thomas Newman, Saving Mr. Banks
Best Cinematography
Philippe Le Sourd, The Grandmaster
Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Phedon Papamichael, Nebraska
Roger A. Deakins, Prisoners
Congratulations to this guy and his computer and his green screen. Sorry Deakins, you were just a mere camera man shooting on an actual camera.
Best Production Design
Judy Becker (Production Design); Heather Loeffler (Set Decoration), American Hustle
Andy Nicholson (Production Design); Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration), Gravity
Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration), The Great Gatsby
K.K. Barrett (Production Design); Gene Serdena (Set Decoration), Her
Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Alice Baker (Set Decoration), 12 Years a Slave
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews, Dallas Buyers Club
Stephen Prouty, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny, The Lone Ranger
Best Costume Design
Michael Wilkinson, American Hustle
William Chang Suk Ping, The Grandmaster
Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby
Michael O’Connor, The Invisible Woman
Patricia Norris, 12 Years a Slave
Best Film Editing
Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten, American Hustle
Christopher Rouse, Captain Phillips
John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa, Dallas Buyers Club
Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, Gravity
Joe Walker, 12 Years a Slave
Best Visual Effects
Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould, Gravity
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick, Iron Man 3
Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier, The Lone Ranger
Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton, Star Trek Into Darkness
Best Sound Mixing
Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro, Captain Phillips
Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro, Gravity
Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland, Inside Llewyn Davis
Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow, Lone Survivor
Best Sound Editing
Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns, All Is Lost
Oliver Tarney, Captain Phillips
Glenn Freemantle, Gravity
Brent Burge, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Wylie Stateman, Lone Survivor
Best Documentary — Short
Facing Fear
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
Best Live Action Short
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem
I didn't see any of these prior, but just based on the clips I knew Helium was going to win.
Best Animated Short
Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Room on the Broom
McConaughey sounded so ridiculously gentleman-y when he announced this winner.

I think this needs to be my new Awards Coverage banner. What do you think?


  1. Pitt passing out pizza plates was my favorite thing to ever happen during an Oscar ceremony...and Cuaron winning is possibly my favorite Oscar win in the history of Oscar!

  2. Seriously they were all so hungry, Pitt almost swallowed that plate :) I liked Ellen's hosting, comparing to last year's disaster she was truly brilliant.

    1. All award shows should deliver pizza now. The SAGs can replace their fancy meals with it.

  3. The pizza bit was pure genius! And I did love the selfie too! I'm disappointed with the lack of surprises but I can't complain too much about the winners.

    1. At least Ellen stood out as host when everything else was so predictable.

  4. Harrison Ford nudging Ellen for a napkin during the pizza handout was my favorite moment of the night (tied with every time Lupita was on screen).

  5. lol your hate for gravity breaks my heart. but i also was moved by lupita and jared's speeches. i honestly want to be jared's friend, i lobe him so. Huge congrats to Her!

    1. I don't *hate* Gravity, I just had other films I liked better. It definitely deserved all the other technical awards!

  6. Seeing Karen O was my highlight. Yeah Lupita gave a really nice speech and deserved her win even though my vote was still with J-Law. Spike Jonze has an Oscar was a very nice thing to see too. Great post.

    1. Thanks! I just re-watched Karen O's performance again. It was so perfect.

  7. I loved Karen O's performance and I wanted her to win though I'm not upset that Frozen won Best Song. Plus, the guy who co-wrote the song has an EGOT now so he's in a rare company. I'm happy that Spike Jonze won while I was really, really, really happy that Chivo won the Best Cinematography prize.

    1. Having an EGOT is pretty damn impressive. Plus their cuteness made me a little less annoyed that Frozen won.

  8. I really enjoyed the Oscars this year. I think it had a lot to do with the hosting. Seth McFarlane was terrible. I really enjoyed Ellen. She did a great job. She should be the new Billy Crystal.

    I was happy with who won this year. It was Matt's year, but I have been wishing for Leo to win one of these days. I hope he doesn't turn into Susan Lucci. He's a great actor. Really really great. He needs to win. He seriously needs to win.

    I was rooting for 'Gravity,' but I thought '12 Years' was a great film. It was very sad, but I would have been happy with either of these films winning. Steve McQueen is fantastic. I am glad to Alfonso won the Best Direction Oscar. That man seriously worked on 'Gravity' for years. He's incredible.

    1. I forgot that he was working on Gravity for quite a bit of time. I think 12 Years was better because of it's ensemble. You really can't beat Fassbender, Ejiofer, Paulson, Dano, Cumberbatch, Nyong'o, Williams, Oduye, etc.

  9. Nice round up here. I’m totally fine with Cuarón winning, but I too would’ve preferred McQueen.

    Lupita is a goddess. Her win was by far the highlight of the night for me.

  10. The ceremony was very entertaining, and I had no problem with most of the wins. But Leo! :(


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