Academy Awards Surprises and Winners (Review)

Academy Awards Surprises and Winners (Review)

The 86th Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, brought out the biggest stars in Hollywood, and there were a few surprises, as well. The Academy Awards are perhaps better known as the Oscars, because of the golden statuettes or Oscars that the winners receive.

The Academy Awards ceremonies began with the hostess of the Oscars walking out, dressed in a tuxedo. She said that the last time she hosted them was 7 years ago. She talked about how “different” the Oscars were this time compared with the first time she hosted it, though she named off many of the names as were nominated the last time she was the host.

Ellen said that both the real Captain Philips and real Philomena were there tonight, and that the most important things in life were love and friendship. She is, IMHO, one of the best people to ever have hosted the Oscars, and it’s great to see her back again.

Ellen said that Meryl Streep has been nominated a total of 18 times, but that the make-up and dresses she’s had to buy over the years cost her “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” so she told everyone “don’t nominate her again,” as she can’t afford it.

She said she wasn’t going to say who “the most beautiful” was, but then she said it was “Jared Leto.”  She quipped about the famous people in Bruce Dern’s lineage, and added: “What went wrong?”

Anne Hathaway was the first presenter of the Academy Awards.  She presented the  Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.  It went to Jared Leto, and it was his first Oscar win ever. He gave a touching tribute to his mom, and thanked her and his big brother for being there and supporting him during his efforts at becoming an actor over the years.

Ellen said she will be tweeting through the night. “Hashtag Oscars, Hashtag Lists.” Then, she introduced  Jim Carrey, who spoke about some of the most famous animated movies of the past.

Jim Carrey said “It must be trying being a nominee,” though he wouldn’t know.  Then, he launched into an impersonation of Bruce Dern that was pretty humorous.

Next, Kerry Washington introduced Pharrel Williams, who she said would perform “Happy” from Despicable Me 2. It was an awesome performance, with a lot of dancers on stage with him. The audience gave him a standing ovation.

Back from break, Ellen welcomed to the Academy Awards stage Samuel L. Jackson and Naomi Watts. They gave out the Oscar for Costume Design to Katherine Martin, for The Great Gatsby. It was her sixth-ever nomination, and third win.

Then, they gave the Oscar for Makeup and Hair Styling. It went to The Dallas Buyers Club duo of  Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews.

Harrison Ford mentioned three of the movies up for the Oscar for Best Picture,  the Dallas Buyer’s Club, The Wolf of Wall Street, and American Hustle. Then, Channing Tatum introduced college students who made some of the past year’s best short films.

Back from another commercial break, Ellen handed Brodaley Cooper a consolation prize of some scratch-off tickets.

Then, Matthew McCcnaughey and Kim Novak  presented the Oscar for Best Short Animated Feature Film. The Oscar went to Mr. Hublot and the creators of it, Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares.

Then, they presented the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.  The Oscar went to Frozen, a very amazing movie, IMHO, and the people behind it, Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, and Peter Del Vecho.

Sally Fields spoke about some of the “heroes” of history, who were also people who had their lives depicted in movies, like Ali, Lincoln, Harvey Milk, Ben Hur, Jackie Robinson, and more.

Emma Watson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt then were on the Academy Awards presenting the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. The winner of the Oscar was Gravity.

Next, Zac Efron introduced the next performer, Karen O, singing “Moon Song” from Her. I had never heard the song before, but it sounded pretty good.

Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis took the stage of the Academy Awards to present the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film. The Oscar was won by Helium and the duo of Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson. They then presented the Oscar for Best Short Film Documentary. The Oscar went to The Lady in Number Six: Music Saved My Life which was made by Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed.

Ellen walked the aisles of the building where the Academy Awards was being held, speaking to famous celebrities and asking if they were hungry for pizza. She asked “would two be enough?”

The Oscar for Best Short Feature was then presented by Bradley Cooper and it went to 20 Feet from Stardom.

Kevin Spacey was the next presenter. He mentioned the recipients of special honorary Governor Awards, like Angela Lansbury, Piero Tosi, Angelina Jolie, and Steve Martin.

Then on the Academy Awards, Ewan McGregor and  Viola Davis presented the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. It went to The Great Beauty.

Tyler Perry mentioned three other nominees for the Oscar for Best Picture, Nebraska, Her, and the sixth one, Gravity. There were some great clips shown from the movies.

Then, Ellen introduced Brad Pitt, who introduced the next performers, U2. They performed their song “Ordinary Love.” It was an AWESOME performance! They received a standing ovation.

After another commercial break, Ellen went about taking photos of herself and other actors and actresses. She took one of several of them, with her, and said she wanted to see how many times it would be retweeted.

Next,   Michael B. Jordan and  Kristen Bell were on the Academy Awards showing the highlights of an awards show that they co-hosted, were technical Oscars were presented.

Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron were the presenters of the Oscar for Sound Mixing. It went to Gravity. The pair also presented the Oscar for Best Sound Editing, which also went to Gravity.

Next, Christoph Waltz gave the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. They actresses all gave incredible performances. The winner of this Oscar was Lupita Nyong’o for her remarkable and memorable performance in 12 Years a Slave. She called being put in this position of being the winner of this Oscar “the joy of her life.” She gave a very touching acceptance speech thanking the important people in her life.

Back from yet another commercial break, Ellen made good on her offer to buy pizza. A lucky delivery man brought in three pizzas and he and Ellen walked about handing slices of pizza to various celebrities.

Ellen then introduced Cheryl Bone Isaacs, the President of the Academy Awards and Sciences.

Amy Adams and Bill Murray walked onstage hand-in-hand, and they gave the Oscar for Best Cinematography. Murray mentioned the late, great Harold Ramis, also. The Oscar-winning film was Gravity, once again, and it was presented to the cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki.

Next, the Oscar for Best Editing was presented by Anna Kendrick and Gabourey Sidibe. It was won by Gravity, and the great editing job done by Alphonse Cuaron and Mark Sanger.

Whoopi Goldberg then spoke about one of the memorable movies of her youth, The Wizard of Oz, and the incredible acting of Judy Garland as Dorothy. Whoopi asked all three of Judy’s now grown kids stand up, and she introduced Pink, who sang while footage from The Wizard of Oz played in the background. Pink sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” She, also, got a (well-deserved) standing ovation for her excellent performance.

After more commercials, the hostess of the Academy Awards, Ellen DeGeneres, came out dressed as the Good Fairy from The Wizard of Oz. She introduced Jennifer Garner and Benedict Cumberbatch, who presented the Oscar for Best Production Design. I enjoyed seeing Benedict Cumberbatch; he was the epitome of cool, as always. The Oscar went to The Great Gatsby and the duo of Catherine Martin(Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration).

Then on the Academy Awards, Chris Evans introduced some amazing scenes from many of the best movies of all time, including Ben Hur, Goldfinger, The Hobbit, the Harry Potter movies, Terminator, Batman: The Dark Knight, and many more.

Multiple Oscar nominee, Glenn Close, honored the actors and actresses who passed away this past year, like James Gandolfini, Karen Black, Jim Kelly, Eileen Brennan, Annette Funicello, Peter O’Toole, Sid Caesar, Shirley Temple Black, Joan Fontaine, Harold Ramis, Ray Dolby, Maximillian Schnell, Esther Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Walker.

As a part of the tribute,  Bette Midler sang “The Wind Beneath My Wings.” She gave another great performance, and sang it very emotionally.  She received a standing ovation, like the other performers thus far have.

Ellen said that “they crashed Twitter” by her request to have the photograph she took earlier re-Tweeted.

Actress Goldie Hawn mentioned other nominees for the Oscar for Best Picture, Philomena, Captain Phillips, and 12 Years a Slave. With so many great movies nominated for this Oscar, it’s difficult to predict which one will win, though many online

John Travolta then introduced  Idina who performed “Let It Go,” from the animated movie, Frozen. She gave another AMAZING performance! I loved this song, and the movie Frozen!

After this, Jamie Fox and Jessica Biel came onstage at the Academy Awards to present the Oscar for Best Original Score. The Oscar went to Steven Price for Gravity. He dedicated the Oscar to his family.

Then, the pair gave the Oscar for Best Original Song to “Let It Go” from Frozen. The Oscar went to the writers of “Let It Go,” the husband-and-wife team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

After another round of commercials, Ellen passed around Pharrell’s hat to collect money for the pizzas. She introduced Robert De Niro and Penelope Cruz the next presenters on the Academy Awards. They presented the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Oscar went to John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave. He said all of the thanks goes to Solomon Northrup, the cast and crew of 12 Years a Slave, and his family. Then, the duo presented the Oscar for Best Screenplay. The Oscar went to Spike Jonze for Her. He received a standing ovation!

Sidney Poitier and Angelina Jolie were the next presenters. They got a standing ovation as they walked onto the stage.  Jolie told Sidney “we are very much in your debt” for all of his contributions to movies. Poitier won his first Oscar in 1963 for his performance in Lilies in the Field.

They gave the Oscar for Best Director. The Oscar was won by Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity! Will the Warner Brothers film take the other top honors tonight, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Picture?

Daniel Day-Lewis presented the Oscar for Best Actress. There were so many amazing performances by women this past year, who knows who the winner will be? The Oscar went to Cate Blanchett for her performance as Jeanette “Jasmine” Francis in the Woody Allen Blue Jasmine. She got a standing ovation.

Next on the Academy Awards show, Jennifer Lawrence came onstage to present the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Will Leonardo DiCaprio finally win an Oscar? The other nominees are extremely talented and gave awesome performances, also, though.

The Oscar was awarded to Matthew McConaughey for his terrific performance in Dallas Buyers Club. He gave another touching acceptance speech, and he sounded choked up towards the end of his speech.

Then, it was time for the last Oscar of the night to be presented. Will Smith came onstage to award the Oscar for Best Picture, the Oscar everyone’s been waiting to hear about. The Oscar went to 12 Years a Slave.

The 86th Academy Awards show was incredible, though it lasted a bit long. In my estimation, Ellen DeGeneres was one of the best hosts ever of the Academy Awards. I had thought, as the show went on, that Gravity might just pull out a win in the category of Best Picture, because it was winning so many other Oscars; but, 12 Years a Slave pulled off the win.

I had also thought that this might be the night that Leonardo DiCaprio would win an Oscar, but the field of contenders for the Oscar for Best Actor was pretty impressive, and Matthew McConaughey was also deserving of the win. What are your thoughts? Did your faves win? Please leave your comments below!


Written by: Douglas Cobb

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