No Gold Statue for this Oscar Ceremony

By Alex Lally, ’14

The 86th Academy Awards ceremony came and went Sunday night and I have mixed feelings about the whole thing. First off, I was angry when “Gravity” swept most of the technical categories. Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects are the only awards that it should have won. However, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score are totally pathetic. I didn’t know that green screen counted as “cinematography” and the score wasn’t even that great, pretty generic in my opinion.


Ellen’s selfie with movie stars at the Oscars became the most shared photo ever on Twitter.

Ellen DeGeneres was okay as a host. She definitely had some highlights such as the infamous group-selfie with celebrities in the front row and her 1,000 dollar tip for pizza was hilarious. However, for most of the show she just seemed awkward. DeGeneres made a joke of how Liza Minnelli doesn’t look like Liza Minnelli, but a guy in drag as Liza Minnelli. DeGeneres also made a joke about Jennifer Lawrence falling from last years 85th Oscars, and if Lawrence should win “I think we should just bring you the Oscar.”

“Nebraska” and “Saving Mr. Banks” should have won the awards, respectively. Thomas Newman, who wrote the score for “Banks,” now has twelve nominations for Best Original Score without a win. At this point, the academy is just screwing with him.

Best Picture was a gimme, with “12 Years a Slave” winning. I do agree with this decision and everybody should see “12 Years” due to it being the most realistic portrayal of slavery in a film.

The acting awards were perhaps the most controversial of all. Starting out with the positive, Lupita Nyong’o won Best Supporting Actress for her powerful performance in “12 Years a Slave,”  making her both the first Mexican national to win an acting category and the first ever Kenyan to win an Oscar.

30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor for his magnificent performance in “Dallas Buyers Club,” while I do agree with decision I am disappointed that SNL alum Will Forte didn’t at least receive a Best Supporting Actor nomination at all for “Nebraska.”

Cate Blanchett winning Best Actress was a slight disappointment; I was actually hoping that Judi Dench would win for “Philomena.”

Best Actor was probably the toughest one of them all with Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Matthew McConaughey all  nominated. All five men did fantastic performances in their respective films, but McConaughey beat them all. Matthew McConaughey for Best Actor in “Dallas Buyers Club.” I actually really liked McConaughey’s performance in “Dallas Buyers Club” because when I watched it I realized that this was not the Matthew McConaughey of ten years ago.

Though McConaughey was a heavy favorite, his win was considered a big upset by many online, who wanted Leonardo DiCaprio to win for “The Wolf of Wall Street” after being nominated and losing four times previously.

One of the biggest surprises to me was that “American Hustle” didn’t win any awards, despite it getting nominated for ten categories, being popular with audiences, and being a huge winner at the Golden Globes. At the same time, though, I can tell why it didn’t win anything, it was just a “messy” movie.

Overall, though the 86th Academy Awards had its flaws, it was definitely better than the disaster that was the 85th Academy Awards hosted by Seth MacFarlane.

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