86th Academy Awards: Oscar winners and thoughts

News Simon Brew 3 Mar 2014 - 05:51

12 Years A Slave, Gravity, Dallas Buyers Club, Frozen and more take home the Oscars. Here's the full list of winners...

Overnight, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - AMPAS to its mates - handed out its annual clutch of Oscars. And as it turned out, the event went by the form book, with just one or two little surprises along the way.

The big prizes were split between 12 Years A Slave, Gravity and Dallas Buyers Club, with the former taking Best Picture, but Alfonso Cuaron picking up a gong for his directorial work on Gravity. Dallas Buyers Club picked up the two acting awards - for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto - that it was broadly expected to. There were two gongs for Disney's Frozen too, in the week that it passed $1bn at the global box office.

Of the surprises? Lupita Nyong'o's award for Best Supporting Acrtress for 12 Years A Slave was welcome, and Spike Jonze won gold for his screenplay to Her.

We should give a bit shout out too to the team of Framestore in London for their now award-winning effects work on Gravity, and also to Steven Price, for his excellent score. Here, then, is the full list of winners...

Best Picture: 12 Years A Slave

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Original Screenplay: Her, Spike Jonze

Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years A Slave, screenplay by John Ridley

Best Animated Feature Film: Frozen

Best Documentary Feature: 20 Feet From Stardom

Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty

Best Visual Effects: Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould

Best Film Editing: Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger

Best Cinematography: Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Costume Design: The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews

Best Production Design: The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin (Production Design) and Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)

Best Sound Mixing: Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro

Best Sound Editing: Gravity, Glenn Freemantle

Best Original Score: Gravity, Steven Price

Best Original Song: Let It Go, from Frozen

Best Animated Short Film: Mr. Hublot, Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares

Best Live-Action Short Film: Helium, Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson

Best Documentary Short Subject: The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life, Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

Leave your thoughts in the comments below...

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I can hear the anime fanboys screaming that Frozen winning best animated feature over The Wind Rises is a copout. Giving it to Miyazaki's last film might have been nice but Disney have definitely worked hard to up their game in the last few years without the assistance of Pixar created films to come back from their wilderness years. But I guess it's a no win situation. Go with Frozen and the Academy is peddling to popularity. Pick The Wind Rises and they're accused of being out of touch...

The Oscars are meaningless. I've never taken them seriously and particularly since Moon got so richly snubbed, which was the final nail for me. I love movies but can't be bothered with seeing millionaires giving each other gold statues over them.

I'm trying to figure out how a film that was 80% computer generated won for cinematography. This has been a growing controversy amongst cinematographers for quite a few years, and the academy appears to be saying it couldn't care less what the professionals think.

No criticism of Gravity, just a bizarre choice in that one case. Next year they'll give it to a pixar movie.

It's strange to see how the judge Best Director, both last year and this it has been given to impressive technical feats of directing rather than how a director has directed the performers or how they have crafted the story.

I't's nice to see both sides being recognised but what I don't want to see is the best picture and best director oscars being used to make the academy feel good, giving one to a popular technical marvel and the other to the more traditional movie.

is it not mainly cinematographers that vote on it or is it open to the whole academy?

I'm just pleased for Matthew McConaughey, I still remember watching A time to kill and being blown away by his performance, he has got sidetracked in Rom Com hell since that, but what a year he had last year.

I think it's a testament to how far Matthew McConaughey has come in his acting career. Gone are the days where he played the cheesy, egotistic womaniser in most movies (albeit some of them enjoyable) to more serious roles that truly show just how good he is. It's refreshing to be quite honest and over the past 12 months I've admired him for how well he's developed.

Maybe he was always this good, but was just overlooked for these types of roles, or maybe he has simply stepped up his game. Either way, he deserves this award. Fantastic!

Nominations for each category are supposed to come from matching peers within the industry, but the votes come from the entire membership.

Last year cinematography was won by Life of Pi, which caused a few outbursts within the industry at a film that was also largely CGI. I guess they've decided to double down on the controversy.

that's garbage, what does the average member know or appreciate about cinematography or any of the other technical aspects.

Overall, I'm very happy with these. McConaughey deserves it for his run of form as of late and I'm glad Cuaron won director and Slave won Best Film and not the other way round. I'm very happy that Spike Jonze won for adapted too. I would have liked June Squibb to have won Best Supporting Actress, but you can't take anything away from Lupita Nyong'o.

People look into the Oscars too much. They're not the end of the world. If you're favourite film isn't nominated who cares? You know that it's good. At the end of the day, the Academy is ignorant. You've got to deal with that.

Frozen picking up 2 very well deserved awards.

I seem to be the only person that disliked Gravity. For once I think if you didn't see it in 3D or IMAX it negatively impacted the film. The plot is fairly boring with very little acting in my opinion. Yes the camera angles were "cool" in some places but when I was watching it I thought "Wow this first shot has all been 1 take for 10 minutes", but it isn't - it's CGI and that to me is not what makes a film. I spose Cuaron got the best Director and this film was well directed but ultimately it was a sub-par film that looked pretty. In my opinion of course.

I didn't think 12 Years a Slave deserved Best Picture at all. There were good points to it but I didn't walk out of it going "I'd love to see that again" or "That was a great story". It was a fairly linear story - yes I know that it's a true story but it was just too long for me. The Whipping Scene was incredibly shot and acted though. Lupita Nyong'o was great in that scene.

All I'm interested in is if the Frozen guys said 'pineapple'!

Frozen is really great in terms of animation, the snow was stunning and hard-work too. Miyazaki is also a great artist who deserves recognition, but someone had to win and IMO it was a fair award. I think it would have been nice to give him the honorary Oscar this year though, because he certainly contributed to the history of animation a great deal.

There was no way they could give the Best Picture to another movie. The history of slavery and racism is still too recent, and a movie directed by a black man about this history, based on a real story, had to win.
Awards don't happen in a vacuum, and I can see why it is important, socially speaking, for this movie to win. It is a gesture of respect and recognition to a whole collective and it had to be done.
I think they did a pretty good job this year of acknowledging different movies by distributing the big awards. I am quite happy with the results this year! A bit sorry for DiCaprio because his career deserved the award, even though McConaughey was IMO superior this year, but well, maybe they'll eventually give him the recognition he deserves for a solid career full of great roles.

Gravity was a bit boring at times, and a bit slow, but it was technically outstanding and innovative. The fact that it is negatively impacted by skipping 3D or IMAX means that they used the tech well, instead of just as a complement as other films do. I think that is actually a good thing. If you use the technology, and make people pay for it, make it fundamental to your project, not an accesory. It was an innovative experience and its awards recognised that, with all the technical categories. I admit it was not my favourite movie of the year either, but I feel it was fair for it to win as it did.

Dreadful. The Oscars are overly political. 12 Years A Slave won because of its subject matter, not because of its merits as a film.

I don't see why this should be an issue. Cinematography should be all about how you compose your shots, where you put your edit points etc. The way that the movie was actually made is irrelevant.

Gravity might have 'cheated' by using CGI, but the aesthetic qualities of the movie cannot be denied.

That would have been perfect.

It's not a film that wins the award, it's a named cinematographer. It's intended to be a recognition of that individuals unique skill. Editing has it's own award. CGI (visual fx) has it's own award.

I haven't seen enough of the nominees to know whether or not Gravity deserves this win, but it was already fairly clear with last years winner that those voting are conflating the technical categories.

Cinematography is more than just pointing a camera at something though. It has way more to do with the aesthetic qualities of the film. A Good cinematographer these days needs to be involved in the CGI process, as when you create a scene in CGI, you still need to decide how best to shoot it. I can't understand using CGI should be an issue. Hollywood has been using smoke and mirrors to get the perfect shot since day one, and CGI is no different

If you haven't seen it yet, Gravity had truly amazing cinematography, and I think it would be an outrage if anything else won. In many ways, its a game changer for the way people will look at using CGI in future movies. For me, it HAD to win best director, Cinematography and Score, so I'm quite happy with last nights haul

I normally don't get worked up in any way about the winners & losers but I'm a bit pissed off The Act of Killing lost out, it deserves wider recognition.

See? I should be in the Academy, I am good with the diplomacy... =P

No doubt

A time to kill also included what I consider to be Sam's best performance, aside from pulp fiction. And not this.

It's kind of crazy to think that Jared Leto is an Academy Award winning actor. It's probably a sign of impending apocalypse.

I've not seen 12 Years a Slave, but I've not heard a bad thing about it. I have seen Gravity and I thought sound and direction were well deserved.

And the win for Frozen got me to have a listen to Let it Go. I now need a cure to get a very excellent earworm out of my head.

Why are people surprised that Gravity won so many? It was technically one of the best films ever, and that's what it won most of its awards for.

I saw Gravity in a regular 2D cinema and loved it.

They didn't! :(
But I guess they had other things on their minds!

The best film released last year was a tiny little film called 'Good Vibrations'. It's set in 1970s Belfast and it's about a one-eyed maverick called Terry Hooley that decided to ignore the Troubles and set up a record store instead - in Great Victoria Street - which later came to be known as Bomb Alley. It's a true story, produced by David Holmes (soundtrack to Ocean's Eleven) and made for spare change and it's the best feel-good movie I've seen since The Commitments. I can't recommend it highly enough. Try and hunt it down, you won't be disappointed.

Which films do you think where better?

I didn't see Gravity. Every review I saw was massively positive, but every person I know that saw it really didn't like it

So you threw your toys out of the pram because one of your favourite films got snubbed...

It won because it is an incredibly well made film that deals with a subject matter relevant to our current world in a way that few films before have managed to achieve. It is by all accounts, both a beautiful piece of art and a historically important film.

Can you name a more deserving film Rush Limbaugh?

Matthew Mcconaughey too not to mention that Jonah Hill is a two time Oscar nominee!

Lupita Nyong'o was a pleasant surprise, but the rest pretty much went as expected. No quarrels from me either because they were richly deserved.

Only one unforgivable snub: The Act of Killing was robbed for Best Doc.

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