The 86th Academy Awards: A Dazzling Success From The Host To The Winners List

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Ellen returned to the Oscars seven years after her first time hosting. She was a hit, from her opening monologue to her host surprises throughout the show. The production/set design by Derek McLane was magnificent along with the crystallized curtains from Swarovski. When it comes to comedic hosts, you can always expect a few jabs at the nominees. Ellen makes it look easy, throwing hilarious jokes left and right. One of her best was a long rant to Jennifer Lawrence about her ‘tripping’ incident at last year’s Academy Awards when accepting her award. She suggested to Lawrence: “If you win tonight, I think we should bring you the Oscar.” She went on to describe the Best Picture nominees. According to Ellen, “Dallas Buyer’s Club” “deals with a serious issue of people who have sex at rodeos.” And the laughs kept rolling in with Jim Carrey as one of the first presenters of the evening; showing Bruce Dern his best impersonation of the 77 year-old nominee.

Still sporting his tall ‘Smokey The Bear’-like hat (this time in black), Pharrell Williams had the crowd dancing on their feet to the nominated song, “Happy.” Literally, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Lupito Nyongo’o swung their hips and waved their arms in the air with Williams. U2 performed “Long Walk To Freedom” from the film, “Mandela,” Idina Menzel sang the Best Original Song “Let It Go” and Bette Midler delivered a beautiful memoriam version of “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Besides the well-deserved winners, perhaps the highlight of the evening was Ellen’s very own pizza party. Yes, the host ordered a couple of large cheese pizza pies and served it to the first few rows of nominees. Brad Pitt passed the plates and napkins. What a night! Here are the winners (in no particular order)…

Best Motion Picture
12 Years A Slave

Best Actor
Matthew McConaughey

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity

Best Supporting Actor
Jared Leto

Best Supporting Actress
Lupito Nyongo’o

Best Original Screenplay
Spike Jonze – Her

Best Adapted Screenplay
John Ridley – 12 Years A Slave

Best Foreign Language Film
The Great Beauty

Best Visual Effects

Best Film Editing

Best Cinematography
Gravity – Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Animated Film

Best Costume Designer
Catherine Martin for The Great Gatsby

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Dallas Buyer’s Club

Best Animated Short Film
Mr. Hublot

Live Action Short Film

Best Documentary Feature
20 Feet From Stardom

Best Documentary Short
The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life

Best Sound Mixing

Best Sound Editing

Best Production Design
The Great Gatsby

Best Film Score

Best Original Song
Frozen “Let It Go”



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