We bring you all the winners at the 86th Academy Awards
It’s the time of year again where movie fans all around the world stay up all night to watch the Oscars. It’s 4am and we are just about to go to bed, but not before we bring you all the winners at the 86th Academy Awards.
The ceremony took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. The big winner on the night was GRAVITY which took home … awards, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron, but lost out Best Picture to 12 YEARS A SLAVE.
In her opening monologue, Ellen poked fun at the weather in LA and the fact that it took 7 years for her to be asked back to host the ceremony. Ellen also pointed out that the nominees have made 1,400 films and have six years of college between them. Ellen also reminded us that Meryl Streep has been Oscar nominated 18 times, and that Jennifer Lawrence not only fell on stage last year, but fell out of her car on the way to the ceremony this year and decided that if she wins, the Oscar should be brought to her.
During the ceremony, DeGeneres was irreverent and entertaining, even managing to take perhaps the best mid-Awards show photo in existence, which went on to become the most retweeted Tweet ever.
Kevin Spacey announced the winners of the Honorary Oscars; Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury, Piero Tosi and Angelina Jolie. The awards were handed out at The Governor’s Ball in November.
For the first time in many years, the nominees for Best Original Song performed their songs on stage at the ceremony; Pharrell brought his hat and got Lupita Nyong’o dancing in the front row with his song Happy, from DESPICABLE ME 2. Zac Efron introduced Karen O., who sang her beautiful song from HER; The Moon Song, Idina Menzel received a standing ovation for her performance of Let It Go from FROZEN and U2 sang their song Ordinary Love from MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM.
Pink and Whoopi Goldberg paid tribute to THE WIZARD OF OZ; Goldberg wore Ruby Slippers while introducing Judy Garland’s children, and Pink sang a beautiful version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
12 YEARS A SLAVE beat out the competition to win the top prize on the night. Producer Brad Pitt said “I know I speak for everyone that it was been an absolute privilege to work on Solomon’s story and we all get to stand here because one man brought us together; the indomitable Steve McQueen”. Director Steve McQueen said “I have all women in my life, and they are all the most powerful. I would like to thank an amazing historian; Sue Aiken who gave her life preserving Solomon’s book, to my wife – thank you, and my mother – thank you. Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. I dedicate this to the people who have endured slavery and to the 21 million people who still suffer today.”
Sidney Poitier and Angelina Jolie gave the award to Alfonso Cuaron for GRAVITY. When accepting the award, Cuaron said “Like any other human endeavour, making a film can be a transformative experience, and I want to thank GRAVITY because for many of us it was a transformative experience, and that’s good because it took so long, so if it was not, it would be a waste of time. What really sucks is that for many people this transformation was in wisdom, but for me it was the colour of my hair!” Cuaron went on to thank the cast and crew of the film, with particular praise for leading lady, Sandra Bullock.
Daniel Day Lewis presented the award for Best Actress to Cate Blanchett for her performance in BLUE JASMINE. Blanchett said “As random and subjective as this award is, it means a great deal. To the audiences who went to see it, perhaps for those of us in the industry who are still clinging to the idea that films with women in the lead role are niche are wrong, people want to see them. The world is round, people!”
Jennifer Lawrence presented the award to Matthew McConaughey for his standout performance in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. On accepting, McConaughey thanked the cast, director and crew of the film, before going on to say “I wanna thank god because that’s who I look up to; he has graced my life with opportunity. To my family, to my father who I know is up there now with a cold can of Millre Light and dancing, you you taught me what it was to be a man. To my mother who demanded that I respect myself and I in turn learned that I was better off to respect others. To my wife Camilla and my kids – the courage you give me every day when I go out the door is unparalleled, you are the four people in my life who I want to make most proud of me. And to my hero, that’s who I chase; myself in 10 years time. To that I say Amen. To that I say Alright Alright Alright. To that I say Just keep livin’!”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Jared Leto took the award home for his performance as Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club. When accepting his award, Leto said “Incredible. Ellen, I love you. To my fellow nominees, I am so proud to share this journey with you, I have so much respect for you all. In 1971, Indiana there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child, she was a high school drop out and a single mom but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative and work hard and to do something special. That girl is my mother and she’s here tonight and I just want to say I love you Mum and thank you for teaching me how to dream.” Leto then went on to dedicate his award to the 36 million people who have lost the battle with AIDS, and who have ever felt persecuted because of who they love.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Lupita Nyong’o’s win for Best Supporting Actress had the entire audience in the Dolby Theatre give her a standing ovation. Nyong’o’s speech was beautiful, as she thanked her friends, family and co-stars, saying; “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else’s, so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position, it has been the joy of my life.”
BEST ANIMATED FILM:
No-one was truly surprised when Disney’s FROZEN took home the gong for Best Animated Film, not only did it pass the ¢1 billion mark at the worldwide box office today, but it got screams of approval at the ceremony. The team, led by directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, gave a collaborative speech between them, and dedicated the award to Chris Buck’s son Ryder; their Guardian Angel.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
JDIFF favourite, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM won the award for Best Documentary Feature. Morgan Neville thanked his fellow Producer Gil Friesen, saying “When I first met with him he said ‘I want to win an Oscar’ and I thought that will never happen. Gil passed away a week before the film premiered at Sundance, and I know he’s celebrating tonight”. Neville then handed over to singer Darlene Love who sang of her happiness at the win, earning her a spontaneous standing ovation.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Spike Jonze – HER
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: John Ridley – 12 YEARS A SLAVE
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Paolo Sorrentino – THE GREAT BEAUTY
BEST ORIGINAL SONG: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for Let it Go – FROZEN
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Steven Price – GRAVITY
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Catherine Martin – THE GREAT GATSBY
BEST MAKE UP AND HAIR STYLING: Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews – DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM: Kim Magnusson and Anders Walter – HELIUM
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares – MR. HUBLOT
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT: THE LADY IN NUMBER 6: MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE – Malcolm Clarke and Carl Freed
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Timothy Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould – GRAVITY
BEST SOUND MIXING: Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro – GRAVITY
BEST SOUND EDITING: Glenn Freemantle – GRAVITY
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Emmanuel Lubezki – GRAVITY
BEST EDITING: Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger – GRAVITY
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunne – THE GREAT GATSBY
Also, Benedict Cumberbatch spectacularly photo bombed U2 on the red carpet. The scamp.
Words: Brogen Hayes