86th Annual Academy Awards – The Oscars Go To …

OscarsLet’s all breathe a sigh of relief as this year’s awards season comes to a close thanks to the Academy Awards, the biggest, and most prestigious of the, lot handing out its statuettes.

Gravity was the big winner of the night walking away with 7 Oscars – all in technical fields . However, the film that won people’s hearts was 12 Years A Slave. It was rewarded with Best Feature Film, Best Supporting Actress – Lupita Nyong’o, who had the best reaction and gave the most beautiful speech of the night; and best adapted screen play.

Australia was well represented – with 3 Aussies taking home an award. Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for her performance in Blue Jasmine and Catherine Martin walked away with 2 awards – best costumes and best production and set design (which she shared with Beverly Dunn) for The Great Gatsby.

It was no surprise to see Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto be rewarded for their performances in The Dallas Buyers Club.

The biggest surprise of the night was American Hustle – it received the highest number of nominations 10 (as did Gravity) yet did not win one award. The other big film of the night that left empty handed was The Wolf of Wall Street.

So here’s Oscars 2014 winners in short:
Gravity – 7
12 Years A Slave – 3
Dallas Buyers Club – 3
The Great Gatsby – 2
Frozen – 2
Aussies – 3
American Hustle – 0
The Wolf of Wall Street – 0

Below is the full list of winners and some speech highlights:

Best Supporting Actor – Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club

“In 1971, Indiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her 2nd child. She was a HS drop out & a single mum but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself&her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative; to work hard & to do something special.That girl is my mother & she’s here tonight & I just want to say I love you mum & thank you for teaching me how to dream!”

“To all those dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight. IN places like the Ukraine & Venezuela – I want to say we are here & as you struggle to make your dreams happen. To live the impossible. We are thinking of you tonight.”

“This is for the 36million people who have lost the battle to AIDs & to those of you out there who have felt injustice because of who you are or who you love. Tonight I stand here in front of the world with you & for you”

Achievement in Costume Design – Catherine Martine, The Great Gatsby
“I do have a few words tucked into my bra. It’s a very Australian thing to do!”

Achievement in Hair & Make Up –  Aruitha Lee & Robin Matthews, Dallas Buyers Club
“Finally for all the victims of AIDs, we are so lucky & blessed to bring your story to the forefront of the younger generation today that doesn’t understand AIDs ’85. We’re very blessed”

Best Animated Short Film – Mr Hublot

Best Animated Feature Film – Frozen
Frozen team dedicate their win to one of their team member’s son and guardian angel Ryder Buck

The first time Disney has won this award (category has been around for 14 years)

Achievement in Visual Effects – Gravity

Best Documentary Short Subject – The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life
“When I met Alice I was struck by 2 things her enormous capacity for joy and her amazing capacity for forgiveness. For those of you who don’t know it. The amazing Alice Summer died 1 week ago today. She was 110. She was a woman who taught everyone on my crew to be a little more optimistic & a little more happy abt all the things that were happening in our lives.

Best Documentary Feature – 20 Feet From Stardom

Best Foreign Language Film – The Great Beauty, Italy
This is the 11th Oscar & 28th nom for Italy. Most recent win 1998 LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL)

Achievement in Sound Mixing Gravity

Achievement in Sound Editing Gravity

Best Supporting Actress – Lupita Nyong’o 12 Years A Slave

“It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s so I want to salute the spirit of Patsy for her guidance. And for Solomon. Thank you for telling her story and your own.”

“Steve McQueen you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position.It has been the joy of my life. I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and watching and are grateful & so am I.”

“When I look down at this golden statue may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you are from, your dreams are valid!”

Achievement in Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki Gravity

Achievement in Film Editing – Alfonso Cuaron & Mark Sanger, Gravity

Achievement in Production Design and Set Decoration – Catherine Martin & Beverly Dunn, The Great Gatsby

Best original score Steven Price Gravity

Original Song – Let it Go FROZEN
“Our daughters, Katie and Annie this song is inspired by our love for you & the hope that you never let fear or shame keeo you from…celebrating the unique people that you are”

Best Adapted Screenplay John Ridley 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Best Original Screenplay – Spike Jonze HER

Achievement in Directing – Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

“Like any other human endeavour, making a film can be a transformative experience & I want to thank GRAVITY because for many of us involved in this film, it was definitely a transformative experience – & that’s good because it took so long, so if it was not, it would be a waste of time! What really sucks is that for a lot of these people the transformation was wisdom. For me it was the colour of my hair!”

Best Actress – Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

“Mr Day Lewis from you it exacerbates this honour to a – it blows it right out of the ball park. Thank you so much to the Academy, as random&as subjective as this award is, it means a great deal in a year of extraordinary performances by women”

“To all those audiences who went to see it,  and perhaps those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films, with women at the centre are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences want to see them and in fact they earn money.”

Cate also acknowledged the amount of talent in Australia and how working with the Sydney Theatre Company makes her a better actress

Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey Dallas Buyers Club

“There are three things that I need each day. One of them is something to look up to, another is something to look forward to & the other is someone to chase.

First off I want to thank God bc that’s who I look up to… To my family that’s who & what I look forward to. To my father who I know is up there right now …. you taught me what it means to be a man. To my mother who is here tonight and taught me & my 2 older brothers,..demanded, that we respect ourselves, & what we in turn learned was then we were better off to respect others. To my wife Camilla & my ids – the courage & significance you give me everyday I go out the door is unparallel. You are the 4 people in my life that I want..to make most proud of me. And to my hero – that’s who I chase! ”

He ended it with “Alright. Alright.Alright!”

Best Feature Film – 12 Years A Slave

Steve McQueen “Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup.

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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