Awards season has finally come to a close after the talent of Hollywood came together for last night’s entertaining Oscar ceremony.
But while the results were a tad predictable (as they usually are!), there were still enough laughs and emotional speeches to keep us film fans satisfied.
In what came as no big surprise to many of us, Steve McQueen’s brutal but brilliant drama 12 Years a Slave overcame strong competition from American Hustle and Gravity to clinch the all-important Best Picture accolade.
British director McQueen dedicated the win to the many people who had endured slavery for centuries while actor/producer Brad Pitt was amongst those to receive a golden statue for his involvement in producing.
The film also won Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley while Kenyan newcomer Lupita Nyong’o overcame stern pressure from Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) to win Best Supporting Actress for her role as tragic cotton picker Patsey.
But a large majority of the awards were won by Alfonso Cuaron’s spectacular sci-fi blockbuster Gravity as it cruised to seven gongs including a Best Director win for Cuaron.
It also managed to win in the categories for Cinematography, Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects and Original Score (Steven Price).
Real-life drama Dallas Buyers Club also fared well with three wins including Best Makeup as well as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto in their respective roles as AIDS-suffering electrician Ron Wooduff and transvestite Rayon.
Given his sublime form with screen-work right now, McConaughey’s win was pretty much inevitable as he triumphed over the likes of Leonardo Di-Caprio and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Having swept nearly every award in this race, Cate Blanchett eased her way to a second Oscar win for her role as erratic socialite Jasmine in Woody Allen’s light-hearted drama Blue Jasmine. She managed to hold off talented competition from Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench and Meryl Streep.
There were also two Oscar wins each for period drama The Great Gatsby (Production Design, Costume Design) and Frozen (Animated Film, Original Song – “Let It Go”) while Spike Jonze secured Best Original Screenplay for his writing of Her.
But it was a bad night for other Best Picture contenders with leading nominee American Hustle having the rare misfortune of being shutout completely.
It failed to win from any of its ten nominations which included four acting nods and now has the unfortunate status of being one of the biggest nominated films to not win an Oscar.
Sea-faring thriller Captain Phillips (with seven nominations), real-life caper The Wolf of Wall Street and British dramedy Philomena also missed out on recognition.
US chat show host Ellen DeGeneres provided many laughs throughout the evening with one of the main highlights being an epic celebrity selfie that broke Twitter records as the most re-tweeted photo ever.
The night also saw Pink perform a musical tribute to The Wizard of Oz (to commemorate the film’s 75th anniversary) while Bette Midler sang a rendition of her classic song “Wind Beneath my Wings” in tribute to those who had passed away in the last year.
With all that said and done, the full list of winners are below:
12 Years a Slave
Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Spike Jonze – Her
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Great Gatsby
Dallas Buyers Club
BEST SOUND MIXING
BEST SOUND EDITING
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Steven Price – Gravity
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Let It Go” – Frozen
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Great Beauty
20 Feet from Stardom
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
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Thanks once again to those of you who followed this year’s race with me. Awards season remains an important factor in my film passion and I look forward to 2015’s one with great anticipation.
It will come around quick!