Full list of Oscar winners and Rick's wrap up
Doesn't mean I'm not kicking myself a bit since 2 that I missed (Editing and Costume Design), I changed at the last minute away from the winners because I thought the love might be spread out a little more for films that had strong supporters. Then, for the second year in a row, I went against my gut in one of the shorts and missed--so never again! Lastly, the only win I'm truly disappointed about would be Best Documentary. Once 20 Feet From Stardom won at the Spirit awards on Saturday night, I knew it would win on Sunday, but I decided not to go in and change my prediction (even though Scott Feinberg changed one of his this year after posting!). The change in the way they now vote on this category means we're liable to see the most feel good movie win, not necessarily the best made film.
I'll list the full winners below, let us know how many you got right!
As for the ceremony itself, I thought it was an uneven night, but mostly fun. Ellen rocked the house on her opening monologue--I thought it was genuinely funny. Some of her later bits may have worked better on the crowd in attendance than they did over the camera (but she stayed dedicated to that pizza bit!). At times, the awards dragged and I thought the generic "heroes" clips were too similar to each other, but there were certainly some highlights: Pharrell Williams getting the whole audience out of their seats, great speeches (especially by the supporting actors) and a beautifully structured In Memoriam sequence that put the song (I thought Bette Midler was the best vocal performance of the night) after all the names.
Much has been said (by me and others) about race and diversity during this year's Oscar season. I think it's important to note that Alfonso Cuarón is the first person of Hispanic descent to win Best Director (and only the second person of color) and 12 Years a Slave is the first Best Picture winner to have a black director.
The awards ran long (as usual), and that seemed to take its toll on viewers. On social media, people's snark began to reach higher and higher levels and then others' irritability at that crankiness got even worse. It was enough for me to have to step back from all of it.
I hope you enjoyed the evening. For every award you thought was undeserving, someone else was rejoicing for the win. Every joke you didn't like, someone else was laughing and every performance had its devotees and critics. I hope, though, that what we take away from the evening isn't who looked best/worst or even John Travolta's disastrous pronunciation of Idina Menzel's name, but the fantastic movies that were honored by their nominations and wins. 2013 was a year where there was a wonderful film for every taste. Here's hoping that 2014 is just as strong!
86th Annual Academy Award Winners:
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
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: Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)
Best Film Editing: Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger (Gravity)
Best Original Score: Steven Price (Gravity)
Best Production Design: Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn (The Great Gatsby)
Best Costume Design: Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby)
Best Sound Editing: Glenn Freemantle (Gravity)
Best Sound Mixing: Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro (Gravity)
Best Visual Effects: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk and Neil Corbould (Gravity)
Best Makeup and Hair: Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Original Song: “Let It Go,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez (Frozen)
Best Documentary Short: The Lady in Number 6
Best Animated Short: Mr. Hublot
Best Live Action Short: Helium