The Oscars 2014: A Night of Successfully Predicted Winners
“Gravity” shines with the most wins of the night, while “12 Years a Slave” and “Dallas Buyers Club” pick up the major acting nomination awards.
March 26, 2014
The 86th Academy Awards were held on March 2, 2014 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The show was hosted for the second time by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. The night was full of highly predicted winners for anybody following film blogs, but nevertheless very deserving ones. The Best Picture award went to “12 Years a Slave,” which was the strongest contender to win, along with films such as “American Hustle” and “Gravity.”
“American Hustle” originally nominated for 10 awards, went home empty handed. On other hand, “Gravity,” which was also up for 10 awards, went home with seven. “Gravity” was awarded with Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects and the major Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón. The Best Director win makes Cuarón the first Latin-American to win Best Director at The Academy Awards.
The male acting awards went to the “Dallas Buyers Club” cast. Matthew McCounaghey took Best Actor for his strong performance in the film while fellow castmate Jared Leto took the award for Best Supporting Actor. While both actors were deserving of their awards, Michael Fassbender as a slave master in “12 Years a Slave” was also a solid and memorable performance, as deserving as Leto’s performance of Rayon a drug addicted, HIV-positive trans woman.
The Best Actress category award was won by Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine.” Blanchett was practically a shoe-in to win and had no actual competition, unlike Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o. Newcomer Lupita Nyong’o took the Best Supporting Actress award on her film debut as Patsey in “12 Years a Slave.” While she was a favorite to win for her memorable performance in the film, actress Jennifer Lawrence was also predicted to win for her performance in “American Hustle.” Unlike Nyong’o’s heartbreaking performance, Lawrence’s popularity could have won her the Oscar for a second time for a role that any other actress could have played ten times better.
The other winners of the night included Spike Lee for “Her” in the Best Original Screenplay category, “Frozen” for Best Animated Film and Best Original Song for “Let it Go” and the topic of music in general for winning categories such as Best Documentary- Short Subject for “The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life” and Best Documentary- Feature Film for “20 Feet from Stardom.”