2014 Oscars - Review And List Of Winners

Going into this year’s awards season, I was surprised and a little disappointed that some movies I really liked in 2013 didn’t get nominated.  Turns out, they were all independents and don’t always make it into the Oscar cache. 

Robert Redford, star of All is Lost – an independent film that was nominated for a Golden Globe but snubbed for any Oscar nods, spoke about this at the opening Press Conference of his 30th annual Sundance Film Festival. “Hollywood is a business, and a very well run business,” Redford said, adding that independent films don’t have the financial punch needed to get a movie nominated for an Oscar.

I wanted to mention three independent films here before my Oscar review to give them props. If you missed them the first time around, you can find them On Demand, on Netflix or somewhere!

One was Disconnect starring Jason Bateman and Hope Davis. This dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world is so timely and reflective of what we do with the internet these days, it was both riveting and disturbing to see the cause and effect our usage can evoke.

Prisoners was a gritty, dark, thriller that Hugh Jackman was amazing in. And Don Jon was so much fun and unique. Scarlett Johannson is fabulous as a local New Jersey girl who gets into a relationship with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character.

Host Ellen DeGeneres’ opening was hilarious but all of her bits seemed to go downhill from there. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have her beat big time.

Brad Pitt introduced U2 to perform their nominated Ordinary Love from Mandela; Long Walk to Freedom. Theirs was a very stark performance on a bare stage with a screen behind showing a young Nelson Mandela. All four guys walked out together; Edge with an acoustic guitar, Bono with a wireless microphone, Larry on one drum, Adam on bass. Bono with his trademark sunglasses, black suit with a black sweater underneath; Edge with his trademark cap. Standing O!

For the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Pink performed Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Standing O. Now we know why Liza Minnelli was there. She and Judy Garland’s other children all stood up and were acknowledged as Whoopee Goldberg introduced this segment. 

Glenn Close introduced the In Memoriam segment, a very simple tribute with only a quiet instrumental playing under the names and faces. Of course, Phillip Seymour Hoffman was last, and then out came Bette Midler to sing “Wind Beneath my Wings.” American Idol contestants, take note: This is how to sing a song. Standing O!

Here are the award winners and a few quotes from the acceptance speeches:

Best Male Supporting actor - Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club

            “To the 26 million who have lost the battle of AIDS…”

Costume Design: The Great Gatsby

Makeup and Hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club

Visual effects: Gravity

Live Action Short Film: Helium

Documentary Short Subject: The Lady in Number Six: Music Saved my Life

Documentary Feature: 20 Feet From Stardom

            Darlene Love accepted by singing

Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty (Italy).

Sound Mixing: Gravity

Sound Editing: Gravity

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave

            “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid”

Cinematography: Gravity

Film Editing: Gravity

Original Score: Gravity (Steven Price)

Original Song:  Frozen (Let it Go) (Thought for sure U2 had this)

Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)

Original Screenplay: Her (Spike Jonze)           

Best Director:  Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

            “Thank you so much Woody, for casting me”

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

            “it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates” and

            “alright alright alright”

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

Photo here is the selfie Ellen tweeted during the broadcast. I found it on Twitter
Voice-over announcer for the Oscars: Cedering Fox