So the Academy Awards has been and gone and did I take much interest? Not really. Awards ceremonies over the years have returned increasingly diminishing results, I mean isn’t it all just about what movie has the best PR?? Many movies, many very good movies have often not even got a nomination, let alone had a chance at winning – and the ones that do? Not always very deserving. Looking at the results below, I would say it’s been a fairly predictable year. 12 Years A Slave getting best picture? Considering the subject matter it was a simple choice, probably hitting home more than Captain Phillips. Cate Blanchet was very good in Blue Jasmine, even if it seemed a very academy-friendly performance. Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese and The Wolf Of Wall Street never stood a chance – too much tits & coke. Oh and who didn’t see the technical and directing nods going to Gravity? That movie’s marketing campaign was all about the experience, the visuals etc.
Yet I mainly haven’t taken an interest in this year’s awards (or awards season) as simply put, I haven’t seen a great majority of the movies nominated, so difficult to really give an opinion. I hope to see Dallas Buyers Club at some stage, because of being a growing fan of Matthew McConaughey and Gravity is on my list for the near future (look out for a review sometime this weekend). So I will leave you with this year’s main winners, a few of the smaller categories omitted, because really, who concerns themselves with those?
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Best Animated Feature
Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho)
Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
Best Foreign Language Film
The Great Beauty (Italy)
I agree. That said, I just told my husband yesterday that it’s gotten strange. Some T.V. shows (like True Detective) are better than a lot of movies I’ve seen recently.
Yep, and a lot of good talent is turning to TV (David Fincher directing House Of Cards, Martin Scorsese doing Board walk Empire…). Thanks for commenting.
I wasn’t really thrilled with this year’s show, which is why I haven’t yet done a post on it yet. The only reason I watched is because I thought there was a change Leo might win the award, and of course that was nearly the last award given!
Leo was great no doubt, just not the type of performance the academy recognises… He got the golden globe didnt he? More like them…
He did get the Golden Globe, and I agree. I actually didn’t support this film for other reasons (they used a chimp, which I thought was a faux pax to say the least). I assumed MM would win for Dallas Buyers Club, but my alerts were blowing up that this might finally be Leo’s year to win, so I was kind of like “hmm okay maybe I’ll watch.” To tell you the truth, I’m getting sick of the way people seem to justify awards or not – like “well you didn’t win for your last three performances so maybe this is your year.” Call me old fashioned but I think the award should be based on the nominated performance, not the person’s entire CV.
Hey thanks for the comment. Agree with you, especially about performance over career.