Sunday, March 2, 2014

Fat Jesus' Quick Thoughts On the 86th Annual Academy Awards

Rather than just list off the parts of the show show that were in varying degrees of awful, good, bad and okay. I think I'll just list of why I actually did like the show this year. Sure we can harp on Ellen being pretty unfunny the whole show, but she had her moments. That selfie she took with all those actors has already surpassed any Tweet as most Retweeted of all time and has gone viral. Funny or not, that's a cool feat. The music was fun as well. Were they the best performances of all time? Of course not, but everyone sounded fine and did a good job with the time they were given. Except U2, that song blows and Bono is a douche. Finally, the Awards went to the right people. Sure "12 Years a Slave" is a safe and predictable win, but it could've gone to something bland (until the climax) like "Captain Phillips" or (solid, but WAY overrated) "American Hustle." Everything else was pretty good as well. Highlights being Matthew McConaughey's speech after he won Best Actor. Also Luptia Nyong'O's speech after she won for Best Supporting Actress. Jared Leto winning for Best Supporting Actor, "Frozen" winning Best Animated Feature Film and Spike Jonze winning Best Original Screenplay are also great highlights. I really wanted them to win in their respective categories. Watching the stuff you like/love do well (movies, sports, family, friends, etc) is a great feeling. You gotta wade through a lot of boring though this year. I'm writing this while waiting for Jimmy Kimmel's after The Oscars show to start, cause he always brings it pretty well. Overall if you haven't seen this and want to go back and watch it, find highlights rather than just watching it all from start to finish. There's a ton of good moments, a few great moments and the awards went to the right people. Everything could've gone much much worse tonight. #BringBackGervais

Tonight's Winners

Best Picture
12 Years a Slave

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)

Best Animated Feature
Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho)

Best Cinematography
Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)

Best Costume Design
The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin)

Best Directing
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)

Best Documentary Feature
20 Feet from Stardom

Best Documentary Short
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (Malcolm Clarke, Nicholas Reed)

Best Film Editing
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger)

Best Foreign Language Film
The Great Beauty (Italy)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews)

Best Original Score
Gravity (Steven Price)

Best Original Song
"Let It Go" - Frozen

Best Production Design
The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn)

Best Animated Short Film
Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares)

Best Live Action Short Film
Helium (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson)

Best Sound Editing
Gravity (Glenn Freemantle)

Best Sound Mixing
Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)

Best Visual Effects
Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould)

Best Adapted Screenplay
12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)

Best Original Screenplay
Her (Spike Jonze)


1 comment:

  1. Bring back Gervais, indeed. I don't get how Fruitvale Station and Nebraska were snubbed. I mean, Fruitvale wasn't nominated for a thing? And no awards to Nebraska at all? I thought McConaughey's speech was weird and long but the end was the best with the alright, alright, alright and keep on livin'!