Ellen DeGeneres was a great host, funny and irreverent but respectful of the event and the fans. The photo that brought down Twitter was a hoot. But the pizza thing was not so great.
The incomparable Darlene Love lifted her voice and our spirits by singing her acceptance speech when 20 Feet from Stardom won Best Documentary.
Jared Leto, best supporting actor winner for “Dallas Buyer’s Club,” made up for rambling and clumsy responses to some of the other awards with a heartfelt tribute to his mother, to the people with AIDS whose struggle was portrayed in his film, and to others struggling around the world.
Lupita Nyong’o’s elegance and beauty was exceeded only by her graciousness and eloquence in giving the night’s most moving acceptance speech. “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”
Two marvelous commercials:
The Muppets appeared for Lipton tea with an improbable tribute to “Midnight Cowboy” — and reminded us that their new movie is opening this month.
Pepsi Mini had a better tribute to the magic of movies than the Oscar broadcast’s clip reels.
The tribute to the Wizard of Oz on its 75th anniversary included all three of Judy Garland’s children, Pink singing “Over the Rainbow” in a beautiful dress that recalled the ruby slippers, and Ellen appeared in Glinda’s gown.
The youngest ever achiever of that most elusive of goals was Robert Lopez, who shared the Oscar for Best Song with his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, for “Frozen’s” “Let It Go,” and now has the honor of the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). Their rhyming acceptance speech was charming and touching.
The Academy finally did the right thing with the In Memoriam tribute to those we lost over the past year, silencing the audio so there were no distracting bursts of applause.
Winners got time to say what they wanted to say without being interrupted by the orchestra. Much more civilized.
That blanket of roses motif on the stage was distracting.
The “Hero” theme was poorly handled. I am as big a fan of movie clip reels as anyone but these were contextless and not very dynamic.
Did Whoopi borrow the Julia Roberts dress from the Golden Globes that everyone hated?
John Travolta weirdly mangled Idina Menzel’s name — twice.
And the Oscars went to….
WINNER: 12 Years a Slave
Nominees: American Hustle; Captain Phillips; Dallas Buyers Club; Gravity; Her; Nebraska; Philomena;The Wolf of Wall Street; 12 Years a Slave
WINNER: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Nominees: Christian Bale, American Hustle; Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street; Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club;Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
WINNER: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Nominees: Amy Adams, American Hustle; Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Sandra Bullock, Gravity; Judi Dench, Philomena; Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Best supporting actor
WINNER: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Nominees: Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips; Bradley Cooper, American Hustle; Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave; Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street; Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best supporting actress
WINNER: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Nominees: Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine; Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle; Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave; Julia Roberts, August: Osage County; June Squibb,Nebraska
WINNER: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Nominees: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity; Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave; Alexander Payne, Nebraska; David O. Russell, American Hustle; Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
Best animated feature film
Nominees: The Croods; Despicable Me 2; Ernest & Celestine; Frozen; The Wind Rises
Best foreign film
WINNER: The Great Beauty
Nominees: The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium; The Great Beauty, Italy; The Hunt, Denmark; The Missing Picture, Cambodia; Omar, Palestine
Best original screenplay
WINNER: Her, Spike Jonze
Nominees: American Hustle, Eric Singer and David O. Russell; Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen; Dallas Buyers Club, Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack; Her, Spike Jonze;Nebraska, Bob Nelson
Best adapted screenplay
WINNER: 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley
Nominees: Before Midnight, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke; Captain Phillips, Billy Ray; Philomena, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope; 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley; The Wolf of Wall Street, Terence Winter
Best original score
Nominees: The Book Thief; Gravity; Her; Philomena; Saving Mr. Banks
Best original song
WINNER: Let It Go, from Frozen
Nominees: Alone Yet Not Alone, from Alone Yet Not Alone; Happy, from Despicable Me 2; Let It Go, from Frozen; The Moon Song, from Her; Ordinary Love, fromMandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Nominees: The Grandmaster; Gravity; Inside Llewyn Davis; Nebraska; Prisoners
Best costume design
WINNER: The Great Gatsby
Nominees: American Hustle; The Grandmaster; The Great Gatsby; The Invisible Woman; 12 Years a Slave
Best documentary feature
WINNER: 20 Feet From Stardom
Nominees: The Act of Killing; Cutie and the Boxer; Dirty Wars; The Square; 20 Feet From Stardom
Best documentary short subject
WINNER: The Lady in Number 6
Nominees: CaveDigger; Facing Fear; Karama Has No Walls; The Lady in Number 6;Music Saved My Life; Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
Best film editing
Nominees: American Hustle; Captain Phillips; Dallas Buyers Club; Gravity; 12 Years a Slave
Best makeup and hairstyling
WINNER: Dallas Buyers Club
Nominees: Dallas Buyers Club; Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa; The Lone Ranger
Best production design
WINNER: The Great Gatsby
Nominees: American Hustle; Gravity; The Great Gatsby; Her; 12 Years a Slave
Best animated short film
WINNER: Mr. Hublot
Nominees: Feral; Get a Horse!; Mr. Hublot; Possessions; Room on the Broom
Best live-action short film
Nominees: Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me); Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything); Helium; Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?); The Voorman Problem
Best sound editing
Nominees: All Is Lost; Captain Phillips; Gravity; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; Lone Survivor
Best sound mixing
Nominees: Captain Phillips; Gravity; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; Inside Llewyn Davis; Lone Survivor
Best visual effects
Nominees: Gravity; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; Iron Man 3; The Lone Ranger; Star Trek Into Darkness