86th Academy Awards winners

Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club were the big winners at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday. The awards, held in Los Angeles, honoured some of the biggest films in the year gone by. Talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres held down the hosting duties; U2, Pink and Pharrell were among some of the performers and then of course there were the winners. Here’s a list of the winners at this year’s Academy Awards.

Best Supporting Actor – Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club

Supporting actress – Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

“Yes. Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition.I want to salute the spirit of Patsy. When I look down on this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

Here is Lupita’s very moving speech. I love her:

Costume design – “The Great Gatsby”

Makeup and hairstyling – “Dallas Buyers Club”

Short film, animated – “Mr. Hublot”

Documentary Feature – “20 Feet From Stardom”

Foreign language film – Italy’s “The Great Beauty”

“Thank you to the Academy.  Thank you to Roma, to Napoli.”

Animated feature film – “Frozen”

Short film, live action –  “Helium”

Sound editing – “Gravity”

“Wow my heart’s beating faster than Sandra’s.”

Sound mixing –  “Gravity”

“Thank you Academy members and thank you very much to our fearless leader, Alfonso. “

Cinematography – “Gravity”

“I want to thank the Academy for this amazing award. I want to share it with cast and crew, especially my friend Alfonso Cuarón.”

Film Editing – “Gravity”

Production design – “The Great Gatsby”
“Thank you to the academy and to our fellow nominees. I accept this award on behalf of the very talented technicians who worked on this film”

“Thank you very much. A great honour. I’d like to thank our amazing team. The unsung hero in all of this, Nicky Penny. There is no greater accolade than to be recognised by those who inspire you,” Mark Sanger.

Best Original Score
– Steven Price, “Gravity”

Best Original Song – Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, “Let it Go,” from “Frozen”
“Thank you to the Academy and to all our fellow nominees, you are all rock stars… Literally”. Cheesy but cute acceptance speech.

Writing, adapted screenplay – John Ridley for “12 Years a Slave”

Writing, original screenplay – Spike Jonze for “Her”

Achievement in Directing
– Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity.
“Thanks to the Academy.” He calls this a transformative experience, “What really sucks is that a lot of wisdom, for me it was just the colour of my hair”

Best Actress in a Leading Role
– Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine. “Sit down you’re too old to be standing. Thank you so much to the Academy, as random and subjective as this is.”

Best Actor in a Leading Role
– Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”.
“Thank you. Thank you to the Academy of this. Thank you to all the other nominees. All of these performances were impeccable. I want to thank Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner who I worked with daily.”

Here’s Matthew’s acceptance speech:


Best Picture
– 12 Years a Slave. “Thank you for this incredible honour that you’ve bestowed on our film tonight.”

The 86th Academy Awards red carpet

It’s here… Hollywood’s finest are ready for the 86th Academy Awards, if the red carpet is anything to go by. Take a look at some of these Oscars 2014 red carpet looks:
Nairobi in blue Prada. She feels very at home in this dress and it’s the beautiful Lupita Nyong’o:

Full list of 2014 Oscar nominees

Best picture

“Captain Phillips”

“Gravity”

“12 Years a Slave”

“Philomena”

“American Hustle”

“Her”

“Nebraska”

“The Wolf of Wall Street”

“Dallas Buyers Club”

 

Actor

Christian Bale, “American Hustle”

Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”

Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

 

Actress

Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”

Judi Dench, “Philomena”

Amy Adams, “American Hustle”

Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

 

Supporting actor

Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”

Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”

Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”

Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Jonah Hill, “Wolf of Wall Street”

 

Supporting actress

Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”

Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”

Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”

June Squibb, “Nebraska”

 

Directing

Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”

Steve McQueen, “12 Years A Slave”

Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”

David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

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U2 to perform Ordinary Love at the Oscars

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The film industry’s big night is just over two weeks ago. The Academy Awards will go live to the world on Sunday, March 2nd and it’s bound to be a goodie. 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, Blue Jasmine are just some of the films vying for top honours at this year’s Oscars. One film (and it might seem biased) that is missing from this year’s list of nominees is Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. I think the film depicts Madiba’s story brilliantly, the acting is impeccable and it’s an important story to not only South Africans, but also the world over. I thought Idris Elba was fantastic in the role as Mandela, but Naomi Harris as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was world-class and I believe she was overlooked unfortunately.

Alas, this is showbiz and that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. One highlight is that rock band and activists, U2 was nominated for their song Ordinary Love, which is taken off the soundtrack to the film and it was announced yesterday that they would be performing the track on Oscar night.

The song is up against “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” “Let It Go” from “Frozen” and “The Moon Song” from “Her.”

I wont be on that time zone this year, but I will be up in the week hours of the 3rd of March, blogging and tweeting, so stay tuned for more from this year’s Academy Awards.

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