86th Academy Awards

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,oscar 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 Picture

12 Years a Slave

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)

Best Cinematography

Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)

Best Directing

Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)

Best Foreign Language Film

The Great Beauty (Italy)

6 thoughts on “86th Academy Awards

  1. 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.


  2. 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!


      • 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.


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