Last night, after a number of heartfelt, humble and entirely histrionic speeches, the 2014 Academy Awards finally came to a close. The show was a star-studded affair full of wins and losses, high and lows and, of course, Ellen’s many pantsuits.
Now, we have heard the Academy’s opinions about the nominations, but what about what I think? Don’t I have any say in the matter? Well, I think I do, and I have a blog. So you are going to have to listen to what I think. Here goes:
1. Actor in a Supporting Role – Jared Leto for Dallas Buyer’s Club
A perfect choice. Leto steals every scene in Dallas Buyer’s Club as Rayon, an HIV-positive trans woman who teams up with Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) to establish a system for transporting supplements between the US and Mexico. Maybe I’m just biased because he did an interview for CalTV, but he really was spectacular. Well done, Academy.
2. Animated Movie – Disney’s Frozen
I still haven’t seen this movie, but I do have a message for the people who still constantly sing “Let It Go.”
Please, let it go.
3. Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
What? How did she beat Sandra Bullock spinning in space for 2 1/2 hours? I feel ripped off.
4. Actor in a Leading Role: Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyer’s Club
It’s hard to believe that the same guy who starred in Magic Mike just beat out Leo for an Oscar. But, then again, the American film industry is in the middle of the “McConnaissance,” and we are seeing a side of the actor that begs for critical acclaim. McConaughey’s performance in Dallas Buyer’s Club has clearly moved the actor out of “rom-com goofball” territory and into the spotlight, at least as far as the Academy is concerned.
5. Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Well, Ellen saw it coming.
And of course, the Oscar we were all waiting for…
Best Sound Mixing: Gravity
This one was a nailbiter! Definitely a controversial choice, but I’m going to have to agree. Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro, you nailed this one.
By Grant Genske