Oscars 2014

This year at the Academy Awards, I was thrown for a complete loop. I didn’t expect it to turn out the way it did. In fact, I was pretty sure that American Hustle was going to win most of the awards (primarily because Silver Linings Playbook had won a lot last year).

But this year it was different. The winners were as follows: 
Best Picture
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Animated Feature
  • Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho)
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design
Best Directing
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Film Editing
  • Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger)
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
Best Production Design
Best Animated Short Film
Best Live Action Short Film
  • Helium (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson)
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
  • Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)
Best Visual Effects
  • Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould)
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Screenplay
  • Her (Spike Jonze)

Credit: Google, search “Oscar winners 2014”


Now what did I expect that actually won? Mainly Frozen winning the categories they were nominated in. Basically: Best Original Song and Best Animated Feature. This movie had made such a big impact on the world, especially where I am on Tumblr, that I would have been surprised if it didn’t win. 
What surprised me? The variety of the winners. 
Gravity won the most awards, but what I consider to be other big winners were 12 Years A Slave, Frozen, and Dallas Buyers Club. The only movies I have seen out of those are Frozen and Gravity. I thought they definitely deserved the awards they got.
Frozen is an animated movie that I would recommend for children and adults alike. 
IMDb.com’s plot summary reads: “Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.”
There are many meaningful moments in the movie, and it tends to go against the grain with certain cliches. Even when you think it won’t. I don’t want to spoil much, because the surprises are absolutely worth it. Let’s just say the movie is not what it seems at first. I tried to predict most of the plot but failed miserably. And I love that I did. 
Gravity was a visually stunning masterpiece. The plot may not have been the greatest, but the visual effects were what made this movie absolutely deserve these awards. Gravity’s IMDb.com profile reads: “A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.”

Let me just say thinking about that movie just leaves me breathless… and I can almost feel the vertigo coming! But it’s a delicious feeling: the kind where you can empathize with Sandra Bullock’s character, but it’s from the comfort of your own theater chair (or desk chair in my case). Bonus: my Uncle Art recommended this movie to my dad and I. He is a professional movie geek, for lack of a better term in my sleep-deprived mind. 
I was also very happy to see that The Great Gatsby won the design awards. I thought it was a very good movie, visually fun, that really deserved recognition for its attention to historically accurate detail. 
But my favorite parts in this year’s Oscars didn’t really lie in who won what. Mostly it had to do with Ellen Degeneres.

She was an AMAZING host. She utilized the power of social media, posting selfies and behind-the-scenes photos on her Twitter account as the show went on. I felt privileged to be following her. At one point she did break Twitter tonight (I couldn’t log on for about five minutes!) This was all after she decided to have a spontaneous group photo with the celebrities nearest her in the audience:

BONUS: BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH DOING HIS SECOND PHOTOBOMB FOR THE NIGHT!!

The first one? Benedict photoboming U2 on the red carpet. Omg.

And, you know what? Ellen did actually break the world record for most retweeted Twitter post! I would believe it. Last time I checked, the photo currently stands at over 2 million retweets.

Another favorite moment was Ellen ordering pizza for the audience. I thought it was a joke until, a few minutes later, she actually brought out a pizza delivery man and started serving slices to the audience.

Wow!! Ellen, you rock!

I’m excited to see what next year’s Oscars brings. I know that there are a lot of action movies coming up, specifically Marvel is in Phase 2 of their movie releases and Transformers 4 will be released in June.

For this blog? I am excited to revamp it and to continue using it. It’s been a year since I last posted anything. This year I plan on making more posts, movie reviews, etc. But…. maybe not at 2 AM. I don’t think my brain can handle it.

Easter Egg: Check out: Post #1 – Oscars 2014 where I talk about my favorite speech at the Oscars this year, and the start of another new blog about me, as a writer, and my journey towards completing my first full-length novel. 

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