It all started in 1929 when the first Academy Awards were ever held honoring the great movies and directors of that time. The first ceremony wasn’t as spectacular as the ones held today and it was the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel that honored this first ever Oscar occasion. However, this was not a televised ceremony and no Oscars were televised until 1953. This also makes Oscars the most aged and the oldest of all entertainment awards ceremonies that we have today, e.g. Grammies, Emmy Awards, BAFTAs, etc. More 200 countries now watch the award ceremony live as it takes place.
Oscars are also known as the Academy Awards since AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) is the organization presenting these awards and it is shortly referred to as The Academy. The most recent award ceremony held on March 02, 2014 was the 86th Academy Awards Ceremony. The ceremony took place in Los Angeles, at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. The ceremony would have taken place a week earlier than this schedule but a conflict with the 2014 Winter Olympics broadcast resulted in the postponing of awards by a week. The total number of nominated categories in the award is 24.
The Exceptional Oscar Award Winner
Just like the previous award ceremonies that have taken place so far, this one also honored some wins, big wins and the greatest wins. Some movies were expected to take several awards home but their fewer wins at BAFTAs had already cleared the doubts in the minds of the viewers as to which film was going to bag more Oscars. There were no exceptional wins and record breaking nominations but there was certainly a movie that was able to pick more than half a dozen awards at the ceremony. Even after all the controversies about the factual representation of space in the movie and movie being not-genuinely British movie (a controversy at BAFTAs), Gravity was our exceptional out-performer at the awards.
An Overview Of The Nominations And Wins
First, the movies with highest number of nominations were Gravity and American Hustle with 10 nominations each. When it comes to taking the Oscars home, Gravity outshined all other competitors by winning a total of 7 awards. 12 Years a Slave was another big movie with 9 nominations, whereas Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska had 6 nominations each. Her and The Wolf of Wall Street had 5 nominations each, 4 for Philomena and 3 nominations were for Blue Jasmine and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug each. August: Osage County, Lone Survivor, The Great Gatsby, The Lone Ranger, Frozen, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Grandmaster, Despicable Me 2 and the The Lone Ranger had 2 nominations each.
Gravity came out as the biggest movie with 7 wins out of its 10 nominations and disappointment couldn’t be bigger for American Hustle, since it couldn’t win any award from its 10 nominations. It was a good day for Dallas Buyers Club and 12 Years a Slave as they were able to win 3 awards each. Frozen and The Great Gatsby picked 2 awards each and it was a great day for both movies since they were both nominated for 2 awards each and so their performance was 100% at the ceremony. Another movie that didn’t have quite a day was Captain Phillips since out of 6 nominations for the movie it was not able to win a single award.
Alfonso Cuaron, director of Gravity, and Spike Jonze were the two persons with highest number of nominations with 3 nominations for each. Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Steve Coogan, David O. Russell, Catherine Martin, Megan Ellison, Chris Munro, Steve McQueen and Skip Lievsay were the individuals nominated for 2 awards each. Alfonso Cuaron won 2 awards from his 3 nominations, whereas Catherine Martin won all 2 awards from her 2 nominations. Cuaron was able to bag the best director and best film editing award. Catherine Martin took the awards for best costume design and best production design for The Great Gatsby.
Detailed Oscar Wins
Gravity won 7 awards out of which the most prominent and noticeable one was the award for the best director for Alfonso Cuaron. Other awards won by the movie include the best original score, sound mixing, sound editing, cinematography, film editing and visual effects. Best picture award went to 12 Years a Slave, a drama movie, directed by the famous Steve McQueen. American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Her, The Wolf of Wall Street, Gravity, Dallas Buyers Club, Philomena and Nebraska were the other movies competing for the best picture category. Dallas Buyers Club remained an exceptional movie with best actor and supporting actor award going to it. Best actor and supporting actor awards were given to Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto respectively.
Cate Blanchett took the best actress award for her role as “Jasmine” in Blue Jasmine. Lupito Nyong’o took home the best supporting actress award for her role in 12 Years a Slave. Best original screenplay award was given to Spike Jonze for Her. Frozen took home the award for best animated feature film leaving behind its big competitors, The Croods and Despicable Me 2. Best adapted screenplay award went to 12 Years a Slave under the best writing category. After winning the BAFTA for the best foreign film, The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino was able to take the Oscar for best foreign language film too. Short project award under best documentary category went to The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life and the best documentary award went to 20 Feet from Stardom.
Mr. Hublot took away the best animated short film award and the best live action short film award was given to Helium. Let It Go from the animated feature film, Frozen, was chosen as the best original song. Best costume design award and the best production design awards went to The Great Gatsby. Dallas Buyers Club was able to bag its third and last award for best makeup and hairstyling. Other than Alfonso Cuaron, Catherine Martin remained the most impressive personality with 2 awards for The Great Gatsby.
Some Mentionable Presenters On The Stage
It’s surprising how some of the biggest names in the film industry weren’t there on the stage to receive any awards since most of the movies in the previous year didn’t star any of the biggest names. The movie receiving the highest number of awards, Gravity, didn’t star many people and rather revolves around only 2 main characters in the space. Furthermore, there wasn’t much plot for acting in the movie though Sandra Bullock did a great job as always for as long as she was on the screen. However, these big stars and remarkable celebrities were there at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony to present the honorable awards.
The receiver of the Emmy award and the Oscar award nominee, Anne Hathaway, came on the stage to present the award for the best supporting actor. The famous name from the Indiana Jones series, Harrison Ford, also honored the ceremony with his presence and presented the awards in the best picture category. Emma Watson couldn’t be fitter for any other category than the one she came on the stage for, the award for the best visual effects. Best makeup and hairstyling ward and the best costume design awards were presented by two of the most remarkable actors, Samuel L. Jackson and Naomi Watts.
The amazing Academy Award winner for best actress Charlize Theron accompanied Chris Hemsworth to present the awards for best sound editing and best sound mixing. The best support for Quentin Tarantino and one of the most remarkable actors, Christoph Waltz, showed up on stage to present the award for the best supporting actress. Christph Waltz himself is one of the best actors with his most mentionable roles in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Inglorious Bastards. Christph Schultz is the winner of Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy awards for these two remarkable roles.
Jessica Biel and Jaime Foxx came on the stage to present the awards for best original song and the best original score. The most prominent names in the Hollywood film industry came to present the awards towards the end of the show. These great actors and actresses include some great names such as Robert DeNiro, Penelope Cruz, Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis and Sidney Poitier. Will Smith presented the award for the best picture whereas Daniel Day-Lewis presented the award for the best actress.
Some Amazing Performances At The Ceremony
No show and function is complete without some great musical performances and 86th Academy Awards Ceremony was too brightened and illuminated with some great musical performances from great musicians. U2 was on the stage to perform the song Ordinary Love whereas Pink performed the Over the Rainbow. One especially mentionable performance was of the song “Let It Go” from the animated feature film, Frozen; the song that also won the award for the best original song. The song was performed by Idina Menzel who, if you didn’t know, is also the voice performer for snow queen in the award winning animated movie Frozen.