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Recap: The 2014 Academy Awards


Recap: The 2014 Academy Awards


Well, it's over. The seemingly never-ending awards season that kicked off in January with the Golden Globe Awards finally wrapped up Sunday night at the 86th Academy Awards with Ellen DeGeneres once again at the helm. Was the telecast long? Of course it was. Were there awkward moments? You betcha. Were there musical interludes aka bathroom breaks? Yes. But, to paraphrase the Best Song winner, the show never really bothered me anyway. 

The thing about the Oscars is, thanks to all that old Hollywood glamour, even when it's being boring, it's still outdoing any other of the second-string award shows out there. But even with all that pomp, there was little circumstance. The top six categories were predicatable (the only way you probably won your Oscar pool was guessing correctly the wildcard categories, like Best Animated Short) and just as pundits guessed, 'Gravity' took home most of the hardware because they, like, had to invent stuff in order to make it. And speaking of deja-vu, Jennifer Lawrence tripped again, further soldifying her BFF "she's like us but cooler" status. 

DeGeneres charmed the crowd (mostly) with her affable Peter Pan, twinkly bit and tried to make the celebs seem more J. Law-ish by having them pose for selfies (which quickly became the most retweeted tweet of all-time) and ordering them pizza, proving that celebs do, in fact, eat carbs and cheese (well, some of them do, anyway). 

And, though celebs are mostly on their best behavior at the Oscars (it's less booze-y than the Globes and notably less sanctimonious than the SAG Awards), there were still some weird and memorable moments. 

Best Photobomb: It was the selfie seen around the world with the biggest A-listers in the business...and Lupita Nyong'o's bro? Cool, man. 

Person Who Needs to Read Good-er: John Travolta. When introducing Idina Menzel, who sang Best Song nominee (and winner) “Let It Go,” he called her Adele Nazeem. Huh? That's not even close. Go to rehearsal, Travolta.

Cutest Moment: When Brad Pitt started handing out paper plates for the pizza like the dad of six children totally would. 

Best 'What Did You Just Say?' Moment: As she was introducing Pink before she sang “Over the Rainbow,” Whoopi Goldberg called the singer by her real name, Alecia Moore. “Or what I call her back at the house.” What? What house? Just how tight are you two? (Oh, and for some reason, Whoopi was also wearing Julia Roberts' dress from the Golden Globes.)

Cutest Moment #2: When Nyong'o, Amy Adams and Meryl Streep got "Happy" and shimmied and shook with Pharrell and his notorious Canadian Mountie-esque hat (yes, it's back). It was refreshing to see celebs, you know, enjoying themselves. 

Best Scene Stealer: Whether it was jumping in for that selfie, helping to pay for the pizza or doing his signature Frank Underwood drawl, Kevin Spacey was just perfection (in a navy suit, no less. No word if he was wearing cufflinks, though). 

Best Shout Out: When Bill Murray hijacked the Cinematography category for just a second to pay tribute to his pal and frequent collaborator, Harold Ramis. Tears. 

Best 'Preach It, Sister' Moment: Cate Blanchett, as she was accepting her Best Actress award, telling Hollywood: "Women sell tickets. Women buy tickets. The world is round, people!" #truth

Oh, and then there were a bunch of awards passed out, and they are listed below: 

Best Picture: '12 Years a Slave' 

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, 'Blue Jasmine'

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, '12 Years a Slave'

Best Directing: Alfonso Cuaron, 'Gravity'

Best Foreign Language Film: 'The Great Beauty,' Italy

Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, '12 Years a Slave' 

Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, 'Her'

Best Animated Feature Film: 'Frozen'

Best Production Design: 'The Great Gatsby'

Best Cinematography: 'Gravity'

Best Sound Mixing: 'Gravity'

Best Sound Editing: 'Gravity'

Best Original Score: 'Gravity,' Steven Price

Best Original Song: "Let It Go" from 'Frozen'

Best Costume: 'The Great Gatsby'

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Best Animated Short Film: 'Mr. Hublot'

Best Documentary Feature: '20 Feet from Stardom'

Best Documentary (short subject): 'The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life'

Best Film Editing: 'Gravity'

Best Live Action Short Film: 'Helium'

Best Visual Effects: 'Gravity'

- Ellen DeGeneres
- The Academy Awards

Written by: briannehogan
Mar 3rd, 2014, 12:54 am

Image courtesy of AMPAS

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