The Oscar Roundup

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Written By Hasan Rezazadeh

The Oscar Roundup

The 86th Academy Awards came to an exciting close this Sunday evening and we have a complete list of winners.

This year’s ceremony was thrilling with a huge list of worthy nominees in a range of fields from acting all the way to costume design to make a total of 24 different categories. The Award ceremony was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

This year, the host for the show was Ellen DeGeneres who also hosted in 2007. Many say that her presence set the tone for the entire award ceremony making it fun and light hearted. While starting out the ceremony she said, “I’m not going to say who looks the most beautiful. But it’s clear, it’s Jared Leto. He looks the prettiest. And Mathew McConaughey – a different, rugged, dirty pretty.”

There are a few categories that people speculate about all year long, but the one everyone wants to win is Best Picture as it recognizes the collective effort it takes to make a film.

The nominations for Best Picture covered topics such as 70’s con artists and astronauts lost in outer space.  American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena were all nominees for this category however, the winner was 12 Years a Slave.

The winning film presented the story of Solomon Northup, a free African-American man who was kidnapped and sold for slavery in the mid-1800’s and starred Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o. The film is the third feature by the British Steve McQueen.

While many may have been rooting for the beloved Leonardo DiCaprio for his role as the corrupt Jordan Belfour in Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, the award for Best Actor went to Matthew McConaughey for his role in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’.

However, the two shared a hug before McConaughey went on stage to accept his award.

Best Actress went to Cate Blanchett for her role in Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’. While accepting her award she made a point to encourage those in the film-making trade to produce more films with female protagonists. She said, “Those of us in the industry who were still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films – with women at the centre – are niche experiences, they are not. Audiences want to see them and in fact, they earn money.”

‘Gravity’ was one of the biggest victors of the night taking home awards in a number of different categories.

Below is a more detailed list of winners:

Best Picture: “12 Years a Slave.”

Actor: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Actress: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine.”

Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave.”

Directing: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity.”

Foreign Language Film: “The Great Beauty,” Italy.

Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, “Her.”

Animated Feature Film: “Frozen.”

Production Design: “The Great Gatsby.”

Cinematography: “Gravity.”

Sound Mixing: “Gravity.”

Sound Editing: “Gravity.”

Original Score: “Gravity,” Steven Price.

Documentary Feature: “20 Feet from Stardom.”

Film Editing: “Gravity.”

Visual Effects: “Gravity.”