Review: The Oscars 2014

Yesterday went by very fast. I had been so impatient for the Award Show to begin on sunday, but at the same wished for them to end finally, because it was almost 6 in the morning (German time), I was tired and ill. I am still ill and tired, and wished I haven’t stood up so long yesterday. Next time I won’t stay up so long when I am sick. I was at the Doctor today and she said that I have an infection in my throat. The usual thing with meds again -.- I paid almost 30€ for my medication. I hope I will get well soon without having to use antibiotics…

Well, let’s come back to the main purpose, The Oscars. At first I would like to compare the results with my predictions. It was a great night for Gravity and Alfonso Cuaron I guess. 7 Oscars out of 10 nominations. That’s a success! I knew it would get a lot, but I could never have guessed for it to be SO many! Wow! And I was right with my estimation for 12 Years a Slave,  3 Oscars. Dallas Buyers Club however was a little surprise, with its 3 Oscars. It was also a surprise that The Great Gatsby got 2 Oscars. Many people have thought Gatsby wasn’t as good as to get an Oscar, but it turned out to outrun American Hustle and  Wolf of Wall Street. I guess Leo was confused about that :’D I was very pleased for Spike Jonze’s Award for the Screenplay for Her. I love Spike Jonze. His music videos he did for Daft Punk, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs  are already great. He is also working together with Karen O. (The singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) very often when it comes to movies. She has already done the music for Jackass, Where the Wild Things Are, and now for Her. The Moon Song was so beautiful! I loved her voice, the lyrics, and her red dress was gorgeous! It as so magical, but I was sad that it only last about 1 minute -.- And compared to Frozen’s Let it Go, it was more beautiful and should have won an Oscar instead. The song didn’t have the magic that other Disney Songs like Colors of the Wind for example had, in my opinion. And I also was sad that The Wind Rises, Hayao Miyazaki’s last Anime movie, didn’t win an Oscar :/ I haven’t watched neither Frozen nor The Wind Rises, but I plan to do so in the future. I can’t saay which is a better animation movie, but I wished that Miyazaki got a second Oscar before the end ofnhis career. That would have been nice. Well, and now, here is the comparison. My predictions are the bold ones. The ones with a star behind them are the winners. 

Best Picture
  • American Hustle
  • Captain Philips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave ☆
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
 
Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Christian Bale (American Hustle)
  • Bruce Dern  (Nebraska)
  • Leonardo Di Caprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) ☆
 
Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Amy Adams  (American Hustle)
  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) ☆
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)
  • Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
 
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • 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)
 
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Lupita Nyong’o(12 Years a Slave)
  • Julia Roberts(August: Osage County)
  • June Squibb(Nebraska)
 
Best Animated Feature
  • The Croods (Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco, Kristine Belson)
  • Despicable Me 2 (Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin, Chris Meledandri)
  • Ernest & Celestine (Benjamin Renner, Didier Brunner)
  • Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho)
  • The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki)
 
Best Cinematography
  • The Grandmaster  (Philippe Le Sourd)
  • Gravity  (Emmanuel Lubezki)
  • Inside Llewyn Davies (Bruno Delbonnel)
  • Nebraska (Phedon Papamichael)
  • Prisoners (Roger A. Deakins)
 
Best Costume Design
  • American Hustle (Michael Wilkinson)
  • The Grandmaster (William Chang Suk Ping)
  • The Great Gatsby  (Catherine Martin) ☆
  • The Invisible Woman (Michael O’Connor)
  • 12 Years a Slave (Patricia Norris)
 
Best Directing
  • American Hustle (David O. Russell)
  • Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón) ☆
  • Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
  • 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
 
Best Documentary Feature
  • The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • Cutie and the Boxer (Zachary Heinzerling, Lydia Dean Pilcher)
  • Dirty Wars (Richard Rowley, Jeremy Scahill)
  • The Square  (Jehane Noujaim, Karim Amer)
  • 20 Feet from Stardom (Nominees to be determined)
 
Best Documentary Short
  • CaveDigger(Jeffrey Karoff)
  • Facing Fear (Jason Cohen)
  • Karma Has No Walls (Sara Ishaq)
  • The Lady in Number 6 : Music Saved My Life (Malcolm Clarke, Nicholas Reed) ☆
  • Prison Terminal : The Last Days of Private Jack Hall (Edgar Barens)
 
Best Film Editing
  • American Hustle (Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, Alan Baumgarten)
  • Captain Phillips (Christopher Rouse)
  • Dallas Buyers Club (John Mac McMurphy, Martin Pensa)
  • Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger) ☆
  • 12 Years a Slave (Joe Walker)
 
Best Foreign Language Film
  • The Broken Circle Breakdown  (Belgium)
  • The Great Beauty  (Italy)
  • The Hunt  (Denmark)
  • The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
  • Omar  (Palestine)
 
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
  • Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews) ☆
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Stephen Prouty)
  • The Lone Ranger (Joel Harlow, Gloria Pasqua-Casny)
 
Best Original Score
  • The Book Thief (John Williams)
  • Gravity (Steven Price)
  • Her (William Butler, Owen Pallett)
  • Philomena  (Alexandre Desplat)
  • Saving Mr. Banks (Thomas Newman)
 
Best Original Song
  • Happy (Despicable Me 2)
  • Let it Go  (Frozen)
  • The Moon Song (Her)
  • Ordinary Love  (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
 
Best Production Design
  • American Hustle (Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler)
  • Gravity (Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woollard)
  • The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn)
  • Her (K.K. Barrett, Gene Serdena)
  • 12 Years a Slave (Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker)
 
Best Animated Short Film
  • Feral (Daniel Sousa, Dan Golden)
  • Get a Horse! (Lauren MacMullan, Dorothy McKim)
  • Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares)
  • Possessions (Shuhei Morita)
  • Room on the Broom (Max Lang, Jan Lachauer)
 
Best Live Action Short Film
  • Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me) (Esteban Crespo)
  •  Avant Que de Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything) (Xavier Legrand, Alexandre Gavras)
  • Helium (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson) ☆
  • Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?) (Selma Vilhunen, Kirsikka Saari)
  • The Voorman Problem (Mark Gill, Baldwin Li)
 
Best Sound Editing
  • All is Lost (Steve Boeddeker, Richard Hymns)
  • Captain Phillips (Oliver Tarney)
  • Gravity (Glenn Freemantle)
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug(Brent Burge, Chris Ward)
  • Lone Survivor (Wylie Stateman)
 
Best Sound Mixing
  • Captain Phillips (Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro)
  • Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)
  • The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug (Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Tony Johnson)
  • Inside Llewyn Davis (Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, Peter F. Kurland)
  • Lone Survivor (Andy Koyama, Beau Borders, David Brownlow)
 
Best Visual Effects
  • Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould) ☆
  • The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug (Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds)
  • Iron Man 3 (Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash, Dan Sudick)
  • The Lone Ranger (Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, John Frazier)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton)
 
Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke)
  • Captain Phillips (Billy Ray)
  • Philomena (Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope)
  • 12 Years a Slave (John Ridley) ☆
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (Terence Winter)
 
Best Original Screenplay
  • American Hustle (Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell)
  • Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
  • Dallas Buyers Club (Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack)
  • Her (Spike Jonze) ☆
  • Nebraska (Bob Nelson)

It seems I guessed quite good, although I have only watched 4 of the nominated movies (Great Gatsby, Despicable Me, American Hustle, Gravity). 11☆. I guessed 11 of 24 categories right. Thats almost 50%. I am content. And now I can’t wait to watch the movies soon. Inhave 12 Years a Slave,  Her, Dallas Buyers Club, Wolf of Wall Street, Frozen, The Wind Rises, and Captain Phillips on my radar. But before I come to the end of this post, I would like to tell you my highlights of last night. 

1. Ellen Degeneres was SO. HILARIOUS! I loved how she (nicely) mocked Jennifer Lawrence and Jared Leto :’D You could see how everyone loves her humour. I also liked the pizza idea :’D And the Group selfie which is cursing around twitter is probably the most retweeted post on twitter :’D

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Source: http://www.twitter.com/EllenDeGeneres.

I think Ellen created a very comfortable atmosphere during the Award Show. I personally think that she managed to convey a different sight on the stars, namely that they are all human after all, eating pizza and taking selfies, just like we do.

2. The dresses: Some were really amazing! Here are my favorites:

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Lupita Nyong’o looked like an angel in this Prada dress. It is described as pale blue, bot looks like white. It was one of the most gorgeous dresses of the night.
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This was my second favorite dress. Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive.
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This red peplum dress from Dior looks so good on Jennifer Lawrence. I love the detail with the necklace :)
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Jenna Dewan Tatum looks like in a dream in this Reem Acra dress.
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Julia Roberts in this black, lace Givenchy dress looks both, beautiful and seductive.
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Emma Watson in Vera Wang. She just looks gorgeous in everything. And it seems like Vera Wang has found a new muse…

Special Highlight:

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Karen O.’s red dress was simply wonderful! My most favorite dress together with Lupita’s. I am not quite sure from which designer it is, but Karen O.’s taste for fashion has always been idealistic for me. She is one of the most important fashion idols for me. I even cut my hair like hers once :D The whole performance was like a dream, and the dress was like the icing on the cake. Amazing!

3. Emma Watson and Joseph Gordon Gordon-Levitt presenting an award together:

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So hilarious! I loved them both together :)

4. Lupita’s speech: I had tears in my eyes. She did a very good job. What I enjoyed as much of that speech however, was Benedict Cumberbatch’s almost-crying face :’DI didn’t know whether to cry or to laugh.

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5. Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ Performance: 

6. Karen O.: The Moon Song

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OeqgFeWJlaY

So, that was it. You have made it through this long post. Hope you enjoyed it. I will go to sleep now :)

Have a good night and thanks for reading.

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