Sunday, March 02, 2014

86th Academy Award Thoughts

The 2013 Film Year is closed with the 86th Academy Awards finished tonight.

In many ways this year's Oscar ceremony was uneventful, but that's okay. There wasn't really a weird segment and Ellen did okay. I think some people will highly praise her hosting, while others might find it lacking. In general, it was mild (which was okay considering Seth MacFarlane made it awkward in some ways last year).

Speaking of Ellen DeGeneres, I imagine most memorable hosting moments from the year will include her mass twitter picture (above) which she constructed during a segment, and when she ordered pizza and later collected money for the pizza.

I don't really leave the awards with any sort of outrage. 12 Years A Slave was an incredible (and challenging film) and deserved the win for best picture. On the other hand, Gravity in many ways was the winner of the evening as well with 7 Oscar wins - representing it's artistic and technical feat as a film.

Best acceptance speech was probably Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for "Let It Go" from Frozen. Not only was their speech quick, quirky, and cute - it's fun to see that Robert Lopez is now in the "EGOT" club (winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony).

Also in the good speech club was the sincere speech by Lupita Nyong'o.

It probably stinks to be American Hustle's crew with 10 nominations but no wins, but I just don't see in their heavy nomination line up where they could have busted through with an award except had Jennifer Lawrence won for supporting actress.

It wasn't one of those years with huge surprises - my Oscar ballot had 18 correct of the 24 films, and I can get excited about that type of record.

With the film season closed, here's to 2014.

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