Emma Champion’s 2014 Annual Oscar© Report

Aaaaaaaaaand: OSCAR© time!  Another year, another name for the venue… What, in my mind, will always be known as The Kodak Theatre, was last year named the Hollywood and Highland Centre Theater, and this year goes by the title of The Dolby Theater.  Can’t they just pick a corporate conglomerate and stick to it?!  At least The Dolby Theater has a vaguely cinematic ring to it…

2014 sees this, the 86th OSCAR© ceremony kicking off with a very chilled Red Carpet, and, as ever, my arrival footage of choice comes courtesy of E! Channel.  Here are the highlights:

  • Ryan Seacrest wearing the most hideous cream-coloured  suit, reminiscent of the episode of Friends where Ross is getting ready to appear on The Discovery Channel and Rachel asks him, “Are you going to do magic?”
  • Amy Adams in a navy gown wearing Pat Butcher-esque dangly earrings…
  • Pharrell Williams wearing SHORTS with his tux.  No, really…
  • Julie Delphy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater talking about the long shots of dialogue in Before Midnight being ‘hard work’…
  • Lupita Nyong’o wearing a ‘Nairobi Blue’ low-cut floating gown by Prada, talking about how her role in 12 Years A Slave was her ‘first job out of school’…
  • Jared Leto wearing a cream suit the way it was MEANT to be worn, Seacrest…
  • Kevin Spacey dressed in a beautiful blue suit, claiming that the real Captain Phillips was disappointed that he wasn’t being played by Brad Pitt, and using the new TV buzz phrase ‘Binge-Watch’ with regards to his hit online series House of Cards.…
  • A VERY pregnant Kerry Washington in an indigo purple Jason Bloom gown looking stunning…
  • Jennifer Lawrence falling over – AGAIN.  That’s two years in a row, Love.  Next year, wear some Manolo Pumps and leave the heels at home…
  • New bromance buddies Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill grinning like Cheshire Cats and looking very suave – Jonah has his Mum on his arm and talks about how the teeth his character had in The Wolf of Wall Street became a character unto themselves; and Leo in a navy blue tux talking about how he became obsessed with Jordan Beaufort’s novel…
  • Bradley Cooper’s interview getting hijacked by Jonah Hill, who looks up at Cooper and says, “This is my date tonight…”

With the preamble firmly out of the way, it is time to get this party started!  OSCAR© 86 here we go!

Ellen DeGeneres takes to the stage.  “It’s been a tough couple of days here in Hollywood – it’s been raining.  We thank you for your prayers.”  Ellen actually mentions the fact that Jennifer Lawrence fell out of her car on arrival.  “No one needs to know that,” she announces to the audience.  “Here are my predictions for tonight: Possibility number one, 12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture.  Possibility number two, you’re all racists…”

Ann Hathaway is here to present Best Actor in a Supporting Role.


Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)

Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)

Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)

Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) *WINNER*


Jared Leto’s acceptance speech is phenomenal.

Jim Carrey compares animation to LSD, does a killer impersonation of Bruce Dern, and makes a joke about not being nominated.  He owns the stage.

Kerry Washington introduces a performance of Happy by Pharrell Williams from Despicable Me 2, who has changed out of his ridiculous shorts, thank the Lord Jesus.  He dances with members of the audience, including Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. The whole audience gets on their feet.  Just brilliant.

Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson come to present awards for costume design, make-up and hairstyling.


Best Costume Design

American Hustle (Michael Wilkinson)

The Grandmaster (William Chang Suk Ping)

The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin) *WINNER*

The Invisible Woman (Michael O’Connor)

12 Years a Slave (Patricia Norris)


Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews) *WINNER*

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Stephen Prouty)

The Lone Ranger (Joel Harlow, Gloria Pasqua-Casny)


Harrison Ford takes to the stage to the theme from Indiana Jones.  He talks about three of the nominated films up for Best Picture.

Channing Tatum is here to present fresh talent. He’s lost weight! Just before the ad break, Ellen sticks her face between Leonardo DiCaprio and Sandra Bullock seated together in the audience, and says to the camera, “More Oscar surprises after this!” To which Leo cracks up laughing.

Ellen gives Bradley Cooper, seated in the audience, some lottery scratch cards and a quarter, which she says she’s going to need back, and says that if he wins a lot, he has to split the winnings with her.

Matthew McConaughey and Kim Novak take to the stage to present the animated categories.


Best Animated Short Film

Feral (Daniel Sousa, Dan Golden)

Get a Horse! (Lauren MacMullan, Dorothy McKim)

Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares) *WINNER*

Possessions (Shuhei Morita)

Room on the Broom (Max Lang, Jan Lachauer)


Best Animated Feature

The Croods (Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco, Kristine Belson)

Despicable Me 2 (Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin, Chris Meledandri)

Ernest & Celestine (Benjamin Renner, Didier Brunner)

Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho) *WINNER*

The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki)


Sally Field introduces a segment about everyday heroes – a great montage of clips.

Emma Watson and Joseph Gordon Levitt introduce Visual Effects category.


Best Visual Effects

Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould) *WINNER*

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds)

Iron Man 3 (Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash, Dan Sudick)

The Lone Ranger (Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, John Frazier)

Star Trek Into Darkness (Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton)


Zach Efron introduces a sweet performance of The Moon Song from Her by Karen O.

Ellen reappears on stage with a guitar, which she does not play.  She introduces Jason Sudeikis and Kate Hudson, who present the short film categories.


Best Live Action Short Film

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me) (Esteban Crespo)

Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything) (Xavier Legrand, Alexandre Gavras)

Helium (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson) *WINNER*

Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?) (Selma Vilhunen, Kirsikka Saari)

The Voorman Problem (Mark Gill, Baldwin Li)


Best Documentary Short

CaveDigger (Jeffrey Karoff)

Facing Fear (Jason Cohen)

Karama Has No Walls (Sara Ishaq)

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (Malcolm Clarke, Nicholas Reed) *WINNER*

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall (Edgar Barens)


Ellen wanders the audience randomly saying hi to celebs such as Martin Scorsese, and offers to order everyone pizza.


Best Documentary Feature

The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen)

Cutie and the Boxer (Zachary Heinzerling, Lydia Dean Pilcher)

Dirty Wars (Richard Rowley, Jeremy Scahill)

The Square (Jehane Noujaim, Karim Amer)

20 Feet from Stardom (Morgan Neville et al) *WINNER*


Star of 20 Feet from Freedom, Darlene Love, sings her acceptance speech and receives a standing ovation led by Bill Murray.

Kevin Spacey talks about a separate ceremony which took place in the weeks before.  Angelina Jolie accepted an award for her humanitarian work.  A clip is shown of her emotional acceptance speech, and Brad Pitt kisses her head in the audience of The Dolby Theater as they watch it back.

Ewan McGregor and Viola Davis take to the stage to present the next award.


Best Foreign Language Film

The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)

The Great Beauty (Italy) *WINNER*

The Hunt (Denmark)

The Missing Picture (Cambodia)

Omar (Palestine)


Tyler Perry introduces three more of the night’s nominees for Best Picture.

It’s a change of outfit for Ellen.  “I put on different clothes,” she says, matter-of-factly.

We see an introduction from Brad Pitt for U2, performing their song Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Ellen instigates a brilliant moment where she tries to break the record for the most retweeted photo on Twitter, by inviting a number of celebrities into a spontaneous group photo, the calibre of which could never again be matched:

Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron introduce the sound categories, and totally fluff their lines on the autocue.


Best Sound Mixing

Captain Phillips (Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro)

Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro) *WINNER*

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Tony Johnson)

Inside Llewyn Davis (Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, Peter F. Kurland)

Lone Survivor (Andy Koyama, Beau Borders, David Brownlow)


Best Sound Editing

All Is Lost (Steve Boeddeker, Richard Hymns)

Captain Phillips (Oliver Tarney)

Gravity (Glenn Freemantle) *WINNER*

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Brent Burge, Chris Ward)

Lone Survivor (Wylie Stateman)


Ellen comes out on to the stage.  She looks a tiny bit different.  “I added a scarf,” she says, bashfully.

Christophe Waltz is here to present the next one!


Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) *WINNER*

Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)

June Squibb (Nebraska)


Ellen actually DID order pizza!  She gives it out to the celebrities (who go nuts for it – Brad Pitt hands out paper plates; Harrison Ford inspects the toppings and selects his slice, etc.), but then says she doesn’t have any money to pay the delivery guy.  “Where’s Harvey Weinstein?” she asks.

A new movie museum to open on 2017 is announced!  It looks awesome!

Amy Adams and Bill Murray come out holding hands.  “Baby, you look like $146,000,000 domestic,” he says to Amy.  “You’re the brains of this operation – tell ‘em who’s up for Best Shooter.”  The nominees are announced, and the Bill adds, “Oh wait, we forgot one – Harold Ramis for Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters and Caddyshack.” This gets a cheer from the crowd for the recently passed Ramis.


Best Cinematography

The Grandmaster (Philippe Le Sourd)

Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki) *WINNER*

Inside Llewyn Davis (Bruno Delbonnel)

Nebraska (Phedon Papamichael)

Prisoners (Roger A. Deakins)


Anna Kendrick and Gabourey Sidibe introduce the editing categories.


Best Film Editing

American Hustle (Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, Alan Baumgarten)

Captain Phillips (Christopher Rouse)

Dallas Buyers Club (John Mac McMurphy, Martin Pensa)

Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger) *WINNER*

12 Years a Slave (Joe Walker)


Whoopi Goldberg is here! She talks about The Wizard of Oz.  The children of Judy Garland are in the audience.  She introduces P!nk who sings Somewhere Over The Rainbow in a glittering ruby gown, and absolutely nails it. She gets a well-deserved standing ovation. Outstanding.

Ellen comes out dressed as Glinda the Good Witch after the ad break.  “Is it over?” she asks.  “Not cool, Guys – you were gonna call me…”

Jennifer Garner and Benedict Cumberbatch introduce the production design nominees.


Best Production Design

American Hustle (Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler)

Gravity (Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woollard)

The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn) *WINNER*

Her (K.K. Barrett, Gene Serdena)

12 Years a Slave (Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker)


Chris Evans arrives to introduce a montage about movie heroes.

Glenn Close arrives to present the In Memoriam reel.  Notable honourees are Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Harold Ramis, Paul Walker, Ray Harryhausen, Shirley Temple and James Gandolfini.  Bette Midler sings Wind Beneath My Wings at the end of the reel.  She gets a standing ovation, which makes her cry.

Ellen comes on stage to announce that we all crashed Twitter retweeting the selfie picture, thus making history.

Goldie Hawn arrives to tell us about three more of the nominees for Best Picture.

John Travolta is here to introduce a performance of Let It Go from Frozen by Idina Menzel  (Only he says her name is Adele Dazeem.  May need to go to Specsavers, John…).  She gets a standing ovation, despite her timing being slightly out.

Jamie Foxx and Jessica Biel take to the stage to talk about film music.  Foxx does a one-man performance of Chariots of Fire which gets a laugh from the crowd.


Best Original Score

The Book Thief (John Williams)

Gravity (Steven Price) *WINNER*

Her (William Butler, Owen Pallett)

Philomena (Alexandre Desplat)

Saving Mr. Banks (Thomas Newman)


Best Original Song

Happy – Despicable Me 2

Let It Go – Frozen *WINNER*

The Moon Song – Her

Ordinary Love – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom


Ellen borrows Pharrell Williams’ hat, and passes it around collecting money for the pizza she ordered earlier.  Kevin Spacey fronts up the most.  Brad Pitt puts some in.  “Twenty?” Ellen enquires.  “You were in two pictures…”

Robert DeNiro and Penelope Cruz take to the stage to present the screenplay categories.


Best Adapted Screenplay

Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke)

Captain Phillips (Billy Ray)

Philomena (Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope)

12 Years a Slave (John Ridley) *WINNER*

The Wolf of Wall Street (Terence Winter)


Best Original Screenplay

American Hustle (Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell)

Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)

Dallas Buyers Club (Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack)

Her (Spike Jonze) *WINNER*

Nebraska (Bob Nelson)


Spike Jonze gets a standing ovation as he makes his acceptance speech.

Angelina Jolie and Sidney Poitier take to the stage.  Poitier gets a standing ovation.  They are here to present Best Director.


Best Directing

American Hustle (David O. Russell)

Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón) *WINNER*

Nebraska (Alexander Payne)

12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)

The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)


Daniel Day Lewis arrives to announce the nominees for Best Actress.


Best Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Adams (American Hustle)

Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) *WINNER*

Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

Judi Dench (Philomena)

Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)


Jennifer Lawrence arrives and doesn’t fall over – a miracle! She’s here to present Best Actor.


Best Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale (American Hustle)

Bruce Dern (Nebraska)

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)

Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) *WINNER*


Will Smith is here to deliver the big award of the night.  Here we go – which film has it?


Best Picture

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club





12 Years a Slave *WINNER*

The Wolf of Wall Street


So that’s it!  What a great ceremony this year.  Ellen rocks – they need to bring her back – some truly wonderful moments – the best in years.  See you all in 2015!  Happy OSCAR© Night, Everyone!


For a great photo gallery of pictures from the ceremony, visit:


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