Alessandra Stanley discusses the presence of social causes, notably gay rights, in last night's ceremony. Citing Jared Leto's impassioned acceptance speech for "Dallas Buyers Club" and Ellen DeGeneres's playful allusions to her sexuality on stage, she writes: "Hollywood is so righteous, suddenly, about gay rights, and that’s a little puzzling because for so long, movies were part of the problem. Professional basketball has its first openly gay player, Jason Collins, but it’s still hard to think of romantic leads — male or female — who are A-list Hollywood movie stars and also openly gay." [New York Times]
Daniel Fienberg and Gregory Ellwood took a few minutes, with champagne glasses still in hand, to discuss the results of the 86th Academy Awards. From "12 Years A Slave" beating the odds to win best picture to a number of contenders such as "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Nebraska," "American Hustle" and "Philomena" coming home empty handed to "Dallas Buyers Club" surviving the naysayers to win two major acting awards.
The 86th annual Academy Awards are over and it was "12 Years a Slave" that won the industry's top honor. The show built around Hollywood's annual back-patting ceremony was, as ever, full of ups and downs. So what did Team HitFix find to be the best and worst of the 2014 Oscarcast? Click through the gallery story below to find out!
The 86th Academy Awards were handed out Sunday, March 2 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. A complete list of all the nominees and winners can be found below.
The Academy seemed to be leaning toward "Gravity" for much of the evening Sunday, ultimately handing the film seven Oscars, including the expected Best Director victory for Alfonso Cuarón. But while the Academy was busy throwing wins like Best Original Score, Best Film Editing and more the film's way, it was saving up the evening's top prize for "12 Years a Slave," making it the first film to win Best Picture that was directed by a black filmmaker.
The McConaissance is complete. Matthew McConaughey has capped off a great couple of years with top-tier performances in films like "The Lincoln Lawyer," "Magic Mike," "Killer Joe," "Mud" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" by landing a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club."
Cate Blanchett has won the 2014 Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." This is her second Academy Award after winning the Best Supporting Actress prize in 2005 for her performance as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator."
Disney's "Frozen" walked into the Oscars the favorite in its two categories, Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song, and it claimed both Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
The critics may have taken Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" to task when it was released last summer, but the film is having the last laugh after a nice box office haul and a few scattered wins on the awards circuit.
'12 Years a Slave' star Lupita Nyong'o holds off Jennifer Lawrence to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar
Ending months of tense debate as to whether "American Hustle" star Jennifer Lawrence would be a back-to-back Oscar winner or whether lovely "12 Years a Slave" ingenue Lupita Nyong'o would complete her Cinderella story on the Academy's stage, it was the former taking home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and on her first major film, no less.