End of awards season : A landmark win for “12 years” Gravity gets 7 oscars


History was made last night as the Academy awarded the first Latin-American Direcor Alfonso Cuaron (Best Director for Gravity) and a movie by a black Director, for the first time, Steve McQueen (12 years a slave) but most importantly it was a strong year for cinema most notable for its depiction of the human condition and personal struggle, from slavery to addiction and personal loss.

This was also a banner year for black actors and directors (well illustrated by the fact that Vanity Fair for the very first time featured no less than 6 black actors on its folded front cover.)

From proven qualities such as Forest Whitaker (The butlers) Idris Elba (as Nelson Mandela) Isaiah Washington (Blue Caprice) Liupita N’yongo (12 years a slave), Barkhad Abdi, Chiwetel Ejiofor but also Oprah Winfrey and Naomie Harris and Steve mc queen and Lee Daniels in the Directors Category.

Journalist James Wolcott recently noted that “much of the power in these performances comes from the compressed force of what the characters dare or not say or do under penalty of pain and death”.

Rather predictibly Cate Blanchett scooped her second oscar for what was one of the most outstanding performances of this year. Jared Leto delivered a very touching speech as he collected his first Oscar (Best supporting actor) for his portrayal of a transexual with aids in the early 80’s in “Dallas Buyers Club”.

Matthew McConaughey graced us with his now (in)famous catchphrase “All right, all right all right” taking home the prize for best actor in Dallas Club. Again with a performance that got him all major prizes during this season.

Liupita N’yongo, a big favourite and now practically a houshold name and fashion designers darling, won the best supporting actress prize for a her portrayal as a young slave and the object of desire of her master Edwin Epps played by Michael Fassbender, unfairly overlooked this season, despite his riveting and terrifying performance in “12 years a slave”.

For a recap of each award that went out on Sunday night, scroll through the list of all nominees and winners below

The winners 2014

Best Picture:
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“12 Years a Slave” WINNER
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Supporting Actor:

Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club” WINNER

Best Supporting Actress:

Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave” WINNER
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”

Best Director:
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity” WINNER
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Actor:
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyer’s Club” WINNER

Best Actress:
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine” WINNER
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

Best Original Screenplay:
“American Hustle”
“Blue Jasmine”
“Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Adapted Screenplay:
“Before Midnight”
“Captain Phillips”
“12 Years a Slave” WINNER
“The Wolf Of Wall Street”

Best Animated Feature:
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest & Celestine”
“Frozen” WINNER
“The Wind Rises”

Best Foreign Feature:
“The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Belgium
“The Great Beauty,” Italy WINNER
“The Hunt,” Denmark
“The Missing Picture,” Cambodia
“Omar,” Palestine

Best Visual Effects:
“Gravity” WINNER
“The Hobbit: The Desolation”
“Iron Man 3”
“The Lone Ranger”
“Star Trek Into Darkness”

Best Cinematography:
“The Grandmaster”
“Gravity” WINNER
“Inside Llewyn Davis”

Best Costume Design:
“American Hustle”
“The Grandmaster”
“The Great Gatsby” WINNER
“The Invisible Woman”
“12 Years a Slave”

Best Documentary Feature:
“The Act of Killing”
“Cutie and the Boxer”
“Dirty Wars”
“The Square”
“20 Feet from Stardom” WINNER

Best Documentary Short:
“Facing Fear”
“Karama Has No Walls”
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” WINNER
“Prisoner Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”

Best Film Editing:
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity” WINNER
“12 Years a Slave”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
“Dallas Buyers Club” WINNER
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”
“The Lone Ranger”

Best Music (Original Score):
“The Book Thief”
“Gravity” WINNER
“Saving Mr. Banks”

Best Music (Original Song):
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
“Happy” from “Despicable Me”
“Let It Go” from “Frozen” WINNER
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

Best Production Design:
“American Hustle”
“The Great Gatsby” WINNER
“12 Years a Slave”

Best Short Film, Animated:
“Get a Horse!”
“Mr. Hublot” WINNER
“Room on the Broom”

Best Short Film, Live Action:
“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)”
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre” (Just Before Losing Everything)
“Helium” WINNER
” Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?” (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
“The Voorman Problem”

Best Sound Editing:
“All Is Lost”
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity” WINNER
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“The Lone Survivor”

Best Sound Mixing:
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity” WINNER
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Lone Survivor”


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