Okay, it is 1am and I’m up and watching The Oscars live. I know that (most) of you will think that this a little sad and obsessive but to me it feels dedicated and clandestine. (Hmm, now I’ve written that down it sounds sad to me too.)
I know that awards ceremonies are ultimately meaningless but I do care about this stuff and it is nice to see the Hollywood elite having to be themselves. A lot of them come across as a little bland but some of them are Jennifer Lawrence so there are always entertaining moments.
Right, off we go:
We have opened with a gently amusing bit with Ellen DeGeneres. Already better than Seth MacFarlane last year. Ooh! The real Captain Phillips and the real Philomena are both in the audience.
Anyway let’s get those winners down. I’m typing this as I watch and will be posting immediately afterwards so apologies for the inevitable spelling and grammar errors. I shall be throwing the occasional line in there too that I will inevitably realise in the cold light of day tomorrow, is not as interesting and funny as I’d originally thought.
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto
Nice speech appropriately honouring AIDS victims and his Mum, great hair too.
Pharell Williams is now performing nominated song Happy in a hat that looks like he is hiding something underneath it.
Best Costume: The Great Gatsby
That’s fair, it was by far the best thing about the film.
Best Hair & Make Up: Dallas Buyers Club. Of course it is, like they were going to give an Oscar to Bad Grandpa or The Lone Ranger.
Harrison Ford is walking on to the Indiana Jones music, that tune still gives me goosebumps even after Crystal Skull.
Best Animated Short: Mr Hublot
My first incorrect prediction, I’m suddenly nervous for Alfonso Cuarón.
The Frozen Award for Best Animated Feature: Frozen
The Gravity Award for Best Visual Effects (I think they might actually call it that from now on): Gravity
Let’s hope that is the first of many awards for this brilliant movie.
Zac Efron introduces nominated singer/songwriter Karen O with his hands in his pockets and then fluffs reading the auto cue. Kids huh!
Best Live Action Short: Helium
Best Documentary Short: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Best Documentary Feature: 20 Feet From Stardom. That’s a surprise, I thought The Act of Killing had this one in the bag. 20 Feet From Stardom just seems a bit light as a topic. I’d best catch it.
Kevin Spacey is a cool cat. Hang on! Steve Martin just got an honorary Oscar! Nice to see Angelina Jolie get the Humanitarian Award though, she is too often written off as little more than half of a Hollywood couple.
Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty
Best Sound Mixing: Gravity
Best Sound Editing: Gravity
I like how this is going.
Ellen just took and tweeted a great group selfie crammed with the Hollywood elite. Lupita Nyong’o’s brother got in there too. She is hoping it will become the most retweeted pic ever.
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o. Fantastic, very very well deserved and the crowd (including all of her fellow nominees) have gone nuts. She looks stunning too. Shame they are playing her off with music from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Ellen has an on going gag here about ordering Pizza. I’m not sure it is going to make the highlights show.
Best Cinematography: Gravity
It’s won everything it has been nominated for so far. I’m still not sure that it will but I hope it gets best film.
Best Film Editing: Gravity. It’s good to see Alfonso Cuarón clutching an Oscar, I hope it won’t be the last time this happens tonight.
Who have they got to sing Somewhere Over the Rainbow in a musical tribute to The Wizard of Oz? Pink! Pink?
Ellen’s photo just became the most retweeted pic ever.
Benedict Cumberbatch is on the Oscar stage, I’m sure it won’t be the last time. He is with Sydney Bristow giving the award for….
Best Production Design: The Great Gatsby. Gravity loses one. The Great Gatsby has more wins than 12 Years a Slave so far.
Nice shot of Inigo Montoya in the film heroes montage.
In Memorium immediately followed by Bette Midler singing You Are the Wind Beneath My Wings. Oddly, it’s got the first standing ovation of the night.
Apparently Twitter just crashed.
What did John Travolta just say? Adele Daisee, who is she? Still, despite the fumbled intro Idina Menzel is now singing Let It Go. She doesn’t quite seem up to her usual standard but all the same, this is a song you know is being sung! Ooh, another standing ovation.
Best Score: Steven Price for Gravity. God, that music brings tears to my eyes. (I actually typed that whole bit before they announced it.) I think Steven Price just spoilt the end of the film in his speech though.
Best Song: Let It Go from Frozen. I’m so glad that bland U2 song didn’t win. Best acceptance speech of the night, it almost entirely rhymed. Lyricists hey?
Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave, that puts it back in the picture for best picture.
Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze for Her. I am thrilled with that. I was sure it was going to American Hustle but Her is a much better film.
Best Director: It can’t be anyone else can it? Nope, it can’t, it goes to Alfonso Cuarón.
The ‘it should go to Sandra Bullock or Amy Adams’ award for Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, don’t worry Amy, your year will come. Nice to hear Cate Blanchett highlight the female led films nominated in this category.
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey. I’ve not seen the film but judging by the clips they’ve shown tonight it is well deserved and he’s got a standing ovation. He’s not quite put the weight back on. He’s just spent a large part of his speech thanking God which actually isn’t that common.
Best Film: awarded by Will Smith, sure he’s the fresh prince but it was Michelle Obama last year. The Oscar goes to 12 Years a Slave, a very deserving winner. Producer Brad Pitt speaks first and introduces Steve McQueen who is inevitably rattling of a long list of names. He dedicates the award to all the people who have endured slavery.
Gravity wins the most but 12 Years a Slave gets the big one.
I’m going back to bed happy with that.