Oscars 2014

The Oscars are arguable the biggest night of the year for Hollywood. Last night saw the 86th annual Academy Awards and once again, we get to see designer dresses galore – some timeless, some hideous. We get to see our favourite stars show their best ‘I’m so happy for you’ faces. And we get to see all the films we forgot to go and see win countless awards.

The big winners of the night were:

  • Best Film – 12 Years a Slave
  • Leading Actor – Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Leading Actress – Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Supporting Actor – Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Supporting Actress – Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
  • Best Director – Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)

(Here is a link to the full winners list: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/oscars-2014-the-winners-list-in-full-9164839.html )

The star of the night was arguably the host, Ellen Degeneres. Her relaxed approach and constant mingling in the crowd with her celebrity friends, made for an entertaining night. She also took the opportunity to take a variety of ‘selfies’ including this one which is now the most re-tweeted picture on twitter, beating one of Michelle and Barak Obama.

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Stars including Jennifer Lawrence and Bradly Cooper form Ellen’s now famous ‘selfie’

This Academy Awards had a ‘heroes’ theme which was mainly shown through many, many montages. This to people who were unaware of the theme may have been confusing, as many of them were randomly placed within proceedings. There was also a touching tribute made to Judy Garland, as this year marks the 75th anniversary of the iconic film, ‘The Wizard of Oz’. Pink took to the stage to sing ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ looked on by Judy Garland’s 3 children, including Oscar winner Liza Minnelli.

This year’s ceremony got off pretty much without a hitch. Much loved Ellen Degeneres has received praise for her hosting style, contrasting heavily for the criticism last year’s host Seth MacFarlane received. Of course there was Jennifer Lawrence’s inevitable trip over, although this year she close the red carpet rather than the stairs to the stage, slightly less embarrassing. Hollywood will now be counting down the days until they can fiercely diet and worry about this momentous event again, oh how the other half live.

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