2014 Oscars Live Blog: All the Winners
2014 Oscars Live Blog: All the Winners
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
It's the biggest night in Hollywood, the 86th annual Academy Awards. The 2014 Oscars are hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, returning after previously hosting the ceremony seven years ago.

This year feature three big movies at the top of the nominations: Gravity and American Hustle each with 10 and 12 Years a Slave with nine nominations. Based on all of the other awards this season, many categories seem easy to predict (it would be a huge shock if Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto don't both win for Dallas Buyers Club). But the top category is a close one, with Gravity and 12 Years a Slave as the two clear frontrunners.

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The ceremony will also feature musical performances from the nominees for Best Original Song, including Idina Menzel singing "Let It Go" from Frozen and U2 doing their song from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. There will also be performances by Pink and Bette Midler.

I'll be here during the three-hour telecast with all of the winners and my thoughts on the night's events. So take out your Oscar ballots (I'm rooting for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa to win for Best Makeup and Hairstyling) and get ready for the big show.

Fun Fact: Since I love stats and trivia, I thought I'd point something out. American Hustle has 10 nominations, but my colleague Jeff Dodge is predicting it won't win anything. If that happens, it will become only the fifth film to score at least 10 nominations, but not get a single win. The others are True Grit in 2011 and Gangs of New York in 2003 (each with 10 noms) as well as The Color Purple in 1986 and The Turning Point in 1978 (which each had 11 noms).

Opening: Ellen's monologue is full of harmless, mildly amusing jokes. My favorite is that all of the nominees have made a combined 1,400 films and have a combined six years of college education. There was also a hilariously extended joke about Jennifer Lawrence's clumsiness. Other good jokes include Jared Leto being the prettiest person in the room and The Wolf of Wall Street's Jonah Hill showing Ellen something she hadn't seen in a long time. She ended with a wonderful joke about how, if 12 Years a Slave doesn't win Best Picture, it means everyone is racist. Luckily, she ketp it short and sweet and didn't overstay her welcome.

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

The pretty boy who looks like Jesus and once played Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life wins! I like that he and Matthew McConaughey are wearing the same thing. His speech is a sweet tribute to his impressive mom and his brother. That's nice, but then he gets kind of political talking about the Ukraine and struggling to make your dreams come true.

Tribute to Animated Heroes: In the first of what I assume will be way too many random montages, tonight's theme of "Heroes in Hollywood" starts with a look at cartoon heroism. A lot of it is the modern-day Pixar animation, but I prefer seeing Mickey Mouse in Fantasia, Dumbo and Roger Rabbit.

"Happy" by Pharrell Williams: This is the first performance of a Best Original Song nominee, this one from Despicable Me 2. For some reason he's wearing that dumb hat from the Grammys again. I guess he wants that to be his signature accessory, like Michael Jackson's glove or MC Hammer's pants. There are a lot of bright colors and cool dancing. It's very...happy.

Best Costume Design: The Great Gatsby

Fun Fact: A different adaptation of The Great Gatsby also won this category in 1975. The Academy really likes that book. Ths winner, Catherine Martin, is the wife of director Baz Luhrmann.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club

Aww, I wanted Bad Grandpa to win. Let's be honest, making Jared Leto look like a pretty girl isn't that hard.

Best Animated Short: Mr. Hublot

I'm not even going to pretend to care about these "Short Film" categories. The winners are very French.

Best Animated Feature: Frozen

Of course the win goes to the biggest, most well-known and most loved of these animated films.

Tribute to Ordinary Heroes: The second random montage is about ordinary people being heroes in film, like Harvey Milk, Erin Brockovich, Oskar Schindler and Norma Rae. There's also To Kill a Mockingbird, Philadelphia, 12 Years a Slave, etc.

Best Visual Effects: Gravity

Thus begins the (likely) technical sweep for Gravity. It totally deserves it, because that film is absolutely stunning to look at.

"The Moon Song" by Karen O: The second Best Original Song nominee comes from Her. It's very different from "Happy," slow and sweet and intimate.

Best Live-Action Short: Helium

Like with the Animated Short, the winner thanks the Academy for keeping this category around. He should, because I have no idea why it is. No one watching at home has seen or even heard of any of these.

Best Documentary - Short: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

Kudos to my colleague Jeff Dodge, who correctly predicted both the Live-Action Short and Documentary Short categories. The star of this documentary died one week ago at 110-years-old.

Best Documentary - Feature: 20 Feet from Stardom

Wow, a category filled with super serious subjects gets won by a movie about back-up singers. But that's cool, since the film features Judith Hill, one of the finalists on The Voice season 4. Also, it will probably be the only speech to end with an impromptu musical performance.

Honorary Awards: Special Oscars were presented in November to the amazing Angela Lansbury, the hilarious Steve Martin and costume designer Piere Tosi. One of those things is not like the other. In addition, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award went to Angelina Jolie.

Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty (Italy)

Apparently this is the 11th Oscar for Italy, but the first since Life Is Beautiful 15 years ago.

"Ordinary Love" by U2: The third Best Original Song nominee comes from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Between Bono and the introduction by Brad Pitt, I feel like the Oscars are about to turn into a charity telethon for Africa.

Best Sound Mixing: Gravity

We've reached the part of the show where Gravity is about to rack up a bunch of technical awards.

Best Sound Editing: Gravity

I'm sure there's a difference between Sound Mixing and Sound Editing, but I have no idea what that is.

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Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyongo, 12 Years a Slave

Good for her, but June Squibb wins too for having the best scene ever shown at the Oscars, taking off her pants at a cemetery. Lupita is stunning and her speech is perfect, full of tears, sincerity and beautiful prose. She's graceful and so extremely happy, everything you want in an Oscar speech.

Selfies and Pizza: I guess Ellen's idea of "comedy'" during the show is taking a bunch of selfies with stars to post on Twitter and ordering three pizzas to hand them out to the celebrities. It's pretty long and mildly amusing, mostly when she asks producer Harvey Weinstein to pay the pizza boy.

Best Cinematography: Gravity

It deserves this award if only for that insane opening tracking shot. Also, kudos to presenter Bill Murray for saying that the nominee they forgot to mention was Harold Ramis for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. Ramis wasn't actually the cinematographer on any of those, but who cares.

Best Film Editing: Gravity

See, I told you this was the part of the show where Gravity wins everything. That makes it five for five so far.

Pink's Tribute to The Wizard of Oz: I'm not sure what Pink has to do with this Judy Garland classic, but it doesn't matter. I guess they needed another musical performance since the fifth Best Original Song nominee was disqualified because the nominee broke the rules.

Best Production Design: The Great Gatsby

Well, Gravity finally has a loss under its belt. But you can't fault it for losing to a film all about opulence.

Tribute to Popular Heroes: There's not really a coherent theme that ties Indiana Jones, Superman, Wolverine, the Avengers, Luke Skywalker, the Karate Kid, Katniss Everdeen, Neo, James Bond, Harry Potter, Marty McFly and the presidents from Independence Day and Air Force One together. But I endorse any excuse to hear Harrison Ford say "Get off my plane!"

In Memoriam: A lot of big names, including plenty of recent deaths like Shirley Temple Black, Harold Ramis and Philip Seymour Hoffman. I'm still really sad about Paul Walker. That was a genuine tragedy, so young and not tainted by drugs. After it's over, Bette Midler sings "Wind Beneath My Wings."

"Let It Go" by Idina Menzel: The last nominee for Best Original Song from Frozen, John Travolta introduced her as "Adele Dazeem." In a show that features Chiwetel Ejiofor, that's easily the most mangled pronunciation of a name ever. After she's done, Ellen DeGeneres correctly pronounces her name.

Best Original Score: Gravity

That's six wins for this amazing film. I'm going to be really disappointed if/when it loses Best Picture after all of this. Also, this dude spoiled the ending of the movie in his speech.

Best Original Song: "Let It Go" from Frozen

Hooray! And kudos to Robert Lopez for winning the EGOT. He won a Grammy and a Tony for the music of The Book of Mormon (he also won a Tony for Avenue Q) and two Daytime Emmys for The Wonder Pets. He also wrote the songs for the Scrubs musical episode. And the speech between husband and wife rhymes and is absolutely adorable, especially when they beg the studio to make a Frozen sequel. Sorry, Lupita, this the best speech of the night.

Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave

Another big win for this movie, helping to cement its rivalry with Gravity for the top prize. It's a good speech, mostly because this is a movie that is immune from snark.

Best Original Screenplay: Her

I'm so happy for Spike Jonze. Being John Malkovich is one of my favorite movies of all-time. He's weird and awkward, which totally works for him.

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

That's seven wins for this amazing film. Much like Ang Lee winning for Life of Pi, this really was the kind of movie where the director's brilliant vision was the true star. His speech is adorable, saying that the film was a transformative experience for everyone involved, which was good because it took so long that if it wasn't, it would've been a waste of time. He added that for him, the biggest transformation was the color of his hair. He's awesome.

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

I guess the controversy of being in a Woody Allen film didn't hurt her. She's generous, taking time to give praise to the other four nominees in her category. When she gets around to thanking Woody, there's a smattering of applause, but it's definitely not overwhelming. I think she's trying to be self-deprecating and kind of funny, but it comes across as a poor man's version of Emma Thompson.

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

This was obvious since he's won every single other award, but the category was jam-packed. Christian Bale in American Hustle, Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave, Bruce Dern in Nebraska and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street make up one of the better lineups this category has ever seen. He thanks God (who has been surprisingly absent from speeches tonight) as well as his family. It's emotional and sweet. He ends by saying that his hero is always himself in 10 years, which gives him something to chase. Man, this guy just oozes charm.

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

The final award is presented by Will Smith. Huh, is he really iconic enough to deserve this prestigious slot? Anyway, emotional storytelling beats out technical mastery, but because 12 Years a Slave is snark-proof, I can't complain. It's a powerful and important film.


So the big winners were Gravity with 7 wins and 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club, each with three. As I pointed out at the top, American Hustle is now only the fifth film in Oscar history to get shut-out after scoring at least 10 nominations.

The other big winner is my co-worker Jeff Dodge, who correctly predicted 23 out of 24 categories. The only one he missed was Best Animated Short. Screw you, Mr. Hublot!

As for the ceremony itself, I think Ellen was a little too casual, spending too much time hanging out with the audience. She seems like a fun person to hang out with, but I expect a little more than pizza and selfies from an Oscar host.

But if you're looking for the one thing everyone will be talking about on the Internet, it has to be John Travolta's butchery of Idina Menzel's name. Adele Dazeem!


(Image courtesy of ABC)

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