Here it is the conclusion to ‘Adventures in Awards Season’. Yesterday evening an array of stars showed up to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California to enjoy a great Oscar ceremony hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
The red carpet show went off to a rocky start when Tyson Beckford mistakenly misnamed Julia Roberts, ‘Jessica Roberts’. He soon corrected himself and went on to introduce the rest of the red carpet arrivals.
I have to start off by saying that Ellen DeGeneres did a phenomenal job hosting last night. History was made before my eyes, and I can safely say that this could potentially be ‘The best Oscars ever’. I mean she took a selfie mid-ceremony with a bunch of our favourite celebrities including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad & Angelina and Bradley Cooper and then she ordered pizza for all of the hungry actors and actresses in the first few rows, and now Academy Award Winner Jared Leto made our hearts melt when he gave his slice of pizza to his mum (and not to mention that ombre hair).
Now let’s get into the big winners of the night. I have to admit that half of my predictions were correct and half of them left me quite disappointed *cough* Leonardo DiCaprio *cough*.
Best Picture, of course went to 12 Years A Slave and this fit nicely with a joke from Ellen’s opening monologue “Possibility #1: ’12 Years a Slave’ wins,” or “Possibility #2: You’re all racists.” Steve McQueen made the acceptance speech which slightly resembled the one he made at the BAFTA’s a few weeks back. I thought American Hustle would be a strong contender in this category and was surprised when it came out with no Oscars.
Best Actor was no surprise as it went to Matthew McConaughey for his leading role in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ alongside Best Supporting Actor winner Jared Leto. These two categories had kept consistent throughout the whole season so there was no surprise that these men were walking away with a golden statuette.
Best Actress went to Cate Blanchett and here is where I went really wrong, I actually thought the Academy were going to throw in a little plot twist to change the game a little bit, and actually give it to five time Academy Award Nominee Amy Adams. But clearly I was wrong, and I was quite disappointed for a little while and then when Cate made her speech, I was ok again.
Now Best Supporting Actress did not go to Jennifer Lawrence! It in fact went to fan favourite Lupita Nyong’o. I was glad that Lupita won, purely because her performance in 12 Years A Slave was outstanding and throughout this Awards Season we all have grown to love her and her beautiful personality. She closed her speech with “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”
The in show entertainment was also to a very high standard, as we saw performances from Idina Menzel, Pink and Bette Midler. Idina Menzel or Adele Azim (If you’re John Travolta) gave a stunning rendition ‘Let it go’ from her not so new film ‘Frozen’. We also saw Pink give a tribute to ‘The Wizard of Oz’ when she belted out’ Somewhere over the Rainbow’ in which she received a standing ovation. The one and only Bette Midler sang ‘Wind beneath My Wings’ during the in memoriam part of the ceremony.
It has been a great pleasure reporting on Awards Season this year, and I look forward to next. I guess I should probably start writing more serious pieces now.