The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced the winners for the Oscars 2014 on March 2nd, 2014 with not so many surprises and shocks. The Academy announced the three nominees that will be honored with an Academy Honorary Award: the actress Angela Lansbury, the actor and producer Steve Martin, and the costume designer Piero Tosi. Angelina Jolie was honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her charity work. It also honored big-screen real-life heroes, superheroes, popular heroes and animated heroes, both past and present, as well as the bold filmmakers who bring them to life.
Talking about the ceremony, it was much, much better than the previous year’s. I didn’t like one bit of perverted jokes of Seth MacFARTlane. This year’s ceremony was more entertaining, more family-oriented and fun to watch and all because of Ellen DeGeneres who’s amazing and I hope she comes back to host the Oscars again. There were tributes to heroes, those people who have left the world and there were also amazing performances by such wonderful artists. Ellen also took this grand selfie [and tweeted it] that featured Bradley Cooper, Kevin Spacey, Lupita Nyongo’, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie’s hand and Jared Leto’s eye and a bit of his gorgeous hair. That tweet has already got like over 2 million Retweets. Way to go, Ellen!
Moving forward to winners and nominees…
1. Inside Llewyn Davis not getting nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Oscar Isaac), Best Original Screenplay (The Coen Brothers) and Best Original Song (Please Mr. Kennedy). This is probably the biggest surprise AMPAS gave at the nominations. I was so sure that Davis will be nominated in all big categories especially Best Picture.
2. Spike Jonze not getting a Best Director nomination, and Joaquin Phoenix not getting the Best Actor nomination; for Her. (Although I knew neither of them would get nominated)
3. Tom Hanks not getting nominated for Best Actor for his role in Captain Phillips. Hanks did some fine acting in the film and now only the Academy knows why he got robbed.
4. Robert Redford not getting nominated for Best Actor for his phenomenal performance in All Is Lost. Honestly, he was the only one who saved the entire movie with his one man show.
5. Emma Thompson not getting nominated for Best Actress for her role in Saving Mr. Banks. Thompson carried out the role of P.L. Travers extremely well and her performance was the only good thing about the movie.
6. Daniel Bruhl in Rush, Oprah Winfrey in the Butler, James Gandolfini in Enough Said, Scarlett Johansson in Her – all of them getting ignored in supporting actor/actress nominations. I’d personally give Johansson an award for best voice role ever.
7. No Paul Greengrass in Best Director nomination. It was because of him that the film remained solid throughout and pacing was so perfect that I can’t begin to explain.
8. No love for Blackfish and Stories We Tell in the Best Documentary – Feature nomination. This is disappointing. These are the best documentaries of the year. They deserved a nomination, at least.
9. No Hans Zimmer (for 12 Years a Slave) in Best Original Score nomination.
10. No American Hustle in Best Makeup and Hairstyling. WHAT!
11. No love for Wong Kar-wai’s martial arts drama film The Grandmaster. It deserved to get nominated.
12. No love for Ron Howard’s Rush, Lee Daniels’ the Butler, Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12.
13. No Visual Effects nod for Pacific Rim.
14. No nod for Lana Del Ray’s song ‘Young and Beautiful’ from the Great Gatsby and Coldplay’s Atlas from the Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I think some of the voters are hipsters, thus completely ignoring good mainstream stuff.
1. Philomena getting 4 nominations including Best Picture.
2. Alexander Payne getting a Best Director nod. No one saw it coming. It is a complete surprise. A good one, though. Nice to see some new nominees in the race.
3. Jonah Hill getting a Best Supporting Actor nod. Again, no one saw it coming as well. This is Hill’s second nomination in the same category. He was previously nominated in 2011 for his role in Moneyball.
4. The Moon Song from Her getting the Best Original Song nomination. This is truly wonderful. I personally loved that song and it’s incorporated in the film extremely well.
5. The Lone Ranger getting a nomination. It should have been disqualified for being one of the worst movies of the year.
6. Philippe Le Sourd and Roger Deakins getting cinematography nod for the Grandmaster and Prisoners respectively. I loooooove the Grandmaster’s camera work. It was innovative, creative or in short, awesome.
Winning Surprise [SHOCK, ACTUALLY]:
1. THE ACT OF KILLING NOT WINNING THE BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE!!!!!!!! YOU HAVE COMMITTED A CRIME, AMPAS!!!!!
People presenting the argument that Leonardo DiCaprio should have won the best actor are just being sympathetic to him or they haven’t watched Dallas Buyers Club yet OR they just liked his performance more than anyone else’s. But the truth is Matthew McConaughey gave the best performance of the year, he deserved to win the Oscar. He recently won the Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild, and shit load of critics awards. He’s currently starring in HBO’s serial killer Southern Gothic drama True Detective for which he might also win an Emmy, later this year. Fingers crossed.
1. Of course, Matthew McConaughey winning the best actor, Jared Leto winning the best supporting actor and Lupita Nyong’o winning the best supporting actress.
2. ALFONSO CUARON WINNING THE BEST DIRECTOR! YEAH, BITCH!
3. Spike Jonze winning the best original screenplay for Her.
4. Gravity winning the most awards.
Here is the complete list winners along with nominations and my 1st, 2nd and 3rd guesses [which I previously made] about winners in the brackets and the nominees who should have won. It’s wonderful to see that I got most of my predictions right. I got SEVENTEEN of them right as my FIRST guess, FOUR of them as my SECOND guess and ONE of them as my THIRD guess. The only categories I didn’t get right were Best Animated Short Film and Best Documentary – Short Subject and they don’t matter.
- American Hustle, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon (3rd)
- Captain Phillips, Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca
- Dallas Buyers Club, Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter
- Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman (2nd)
- Her, Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay (should have won)
- Nebraska, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa
- Philomena, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward
- WINNER: 12 Years a Slave, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas (1st)
- The Wolf of Wall Street, Nominees to be determined
- American Hustle, David O. Russell
- WINNER: Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón (1st)
- Nebraska, Alexander Payne
- 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen (2nd)
- The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese (3rd)
- Christian Bale, American Hustle
- Bruce Dern, Nebraska
- Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street (3rd)
- Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave (2nd)
- WINNER: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club (1st)
- Amy Adams, American Hustle (2nd)
- WINNER: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine (1st)
- Sandra Bullock, Gravity
- Judi Dench, Philomena
- Meryl Streep, August: Osage County (3rd)
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
- Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips (3rd)
- Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
- Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave (2nd)
- Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
- WINNER: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club (1st)
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
- Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine (3rd)
- Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle (1st)
- WINNER: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave (2nd)
- Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
- June Squibb, Nebraska
BEST WRITING – ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
- Before Midnight, by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke (2nd)
- Captain Phillips, by Billy Ray
- Philomena, by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope (3rd)
- WINNER: 12 Years a Slave, by John Ridley (1st)
- The Wolf of Wall Street, by Terence Winter
BEST WRITING – ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
- American Hustle, by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell (2nd)
- Blue Jasmine, by Woody Allen
- Dallas Buyers Club, by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
- WINNER: Her, by Spike Jonze (1st)
- Nebraska, by Bob Nelson (3rd)
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:
- The Croods, Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson
- Despicable Me 2, Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri
- Ernest & Celestine, Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner (3rd)
- WINNER: Frozen, Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho (1st)
- The Wind Rises, Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki (2nd) (should have won)
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
- The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
- WINNER: The Great Beauty (Italy) (1st)
- The Hunt (Denmark) (2nd)
- The Missing Picture (Cambodia) (3rd)
- Omar (Palestine)
BEST DOCUMENTARY – FEATURE:
- The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen (1st) (SHOULD HAVE WON)
- Cutie and the Boxer, Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher
- Dirty Wars, Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill (3rd)
- The Square, Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer
- WINNER: 20 Feet from Stardom, Morgan Neville (2nd)
BEST DOCUMENTARY – SHORT SUBJECT:
- CaveDigger, Jeffrey Karoff
- Facing Fear, Jason Cohen (1st)
- Karama Has No Walls, Sara Ishaq (2nd)
- WINNER: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
- Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall, Edgar Barens (3rd)
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM:
- Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me), Esteban Crespo (2nd)
- Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything), Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras (3rd)
- WINNER: Helium, Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson (1st)
- Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?), Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
- The Voorman Problem, Mark Gill and Baldwin Li
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM:
- Feral, Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden (3rd)
- Get a Horse!, Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim (1st)
- WINNER: Mr. Hublot, Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
- Possessions, Shuhei Morita
- Room on the Broom, Max Lang and Jan Lachauer (2nd)
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
- The Book Thief, John Williams (2nd)
- WINNER: Gravity, Steven Price (1st)
- Her, William Butler and Owen Pallett (3rd)
- Philomena, Alexandre Desplat
- Saving Mr. Banks, Thomas Newman
BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from Alone Yet Not Alone; Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel(disqualified because of promoting the nomination using an unfair mean)
- “Happy” from Despicable Me 2; Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
- WINNER: “Let It Go” from Frozen; Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (1st)
- “The Moon Song” from Her; Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze (3rd) (should have won)
- “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson (2nd)
BEST SOUND EDITING:
- All Is Lost, Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns (1st)
- Captain Phillips, Oliver Tarney (3rd)
- WINNER: Gravity, Glenn Freemantle (2nd)
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Brent Burge
- Lone Survivor, Wylie Stateman
BEST SOUND MIXING:
- Captain Phillips, Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro (2nd)
- WINNER: Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro (1st)
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson (3rd)
- Inside Llewyn Davis, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
- Lone Survivor, Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:
- American Hustle, Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler
- Gravity, Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (1st)
- WINNER: The Great Gatsby, Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn (3rd)
- Her, Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena
- 12 Years a Slave, Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker (2nd)
- The Grandmaster, Philippe Le Sourd (3rd)
- WINNER: Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki (1st)
- Inside Llewyn Davis, Bruno Delbonnel (2nd)
- Nebraska, Phedon Papamichael
- Prisoners, Roger A. Deakins
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:
- WINNER: Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews (1st)
- Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Stephen Prouty (2nd)
- The Lone Ranger, Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny (3rd)
BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
- American Hustle, Michael Wilkinson (1st)
- The Grandmaster, William Chang Suk Ping (should have won)
- WINNER: The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin (2nd)
- The Invisible Woman, Michael O’Connor
- 12 Years a Slave, Patricia Norris (3rd)
BEST FILM EDITING:
- American Hustle, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
- Captain Phillips, Christopher Rouse (2nd)
- Dallas Buyers Club, John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa (3rd)
- WINNER: Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger (1st)
- 12 Years a Slave, Joe Walker
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
- WINNER: Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould (1st)
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds (2nd)
- Iron Man 3, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick (3rd)
- The Lone Ranger, Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
- Star Trek Into Darkness, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton