The Highs and Lows of 2014’s Academy Award Telecast

Hollywood: March 3, 2014

One of the best Academy Award presentations of recent memory, last night’s show was not without some “what the F moments.”

Among the most jaw dropping segments started with host Ellen DeGeneres’ opening monologue where she proclaimed that “the night was going to end one of two ways. “Possibility No. 1, 12 Years a Slave wins best picture.” “Possibility No. 2, you’re all racist.”  Really, Ellen?

She carried on by takingIMG_3765 jabs at “Captain Phillips” co-star, Bakhad Abdi, actress, Jennifer Lawrence and actor, Jonah Hill.

The line however may have been crossed when she singled out Liza Minnelli who squirmed in her seat after DeGeneres proclaimed, “There is one of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” she said, pointing out the actress sitting in the audience next to sister Lorna Luft.  “Good job, sir,” said DeGeneres who herself is famous for wearing men’s suits.

Jennifer Lawrence’s comment to someone in the audience, asking “why are you laughing?  What, is this funny? I’m still watching you!” seemed odd and out of place.  It may have been an inside joke but it fell flat.

Then there was once beautiful Kim Novak’s drastic face job that left the room asking WTF.

Some presenters fumbled and embarrassed themselves, most notably John Travolta who had two words to pronounce, a name, Idina Menzel and could not get that right.  He introduced  the Broadway star as Adela Dazeem.  It makes you wonder how some people get to be presentersIMG_3769 on the Academy Awards and why.  Case in point is Harrison Ford whose gruff, pissed off persona is getting to be a real bore.

Thankfully the great moments outweighed the bad.

The selfie Ellen took with a room full of stars, the pizza she had delivered to audience members and then asking the crowd to chip in made for great spontaneous television. 

Jarod Leto’s speech was powerful and moving.  Spike Jones winning for his great screenplay, “Her” was gratifying, but it was Lupita Nyong’o acceptance speech  and “12 Years a Slave” winning best picture brought the award season to a highly gratifying end.

Here is a full list of all the winners last night:

Best Supporting Actor:

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
WINNER: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Costume Design:

Michael Wilkinson, American Hustle
William Chang Suk Ping, The Grandmaster
WINNER: Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby
Michael O’Connor, The Invisible Woman
Patricia Norris, 12 Years a Slave

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

WINNERS: Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews, Dallas Buyers Club
Stephen Prouty, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny, The Lone Ranger

Best Short Film (animated)

Feral
Get a Horse!
WINNER: Mr Hublot
Possessions
Room on the Broom

Best Animation:

The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest and Celestine
WINNER: Frozen
The Wind Rises

Best Visual Effects:

WINNER: Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness

Best Short:

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)
WINNER: Helium
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem

Best Documentary:

CaveDigger
Facing Fear
Karama Has No Walls
WINNER: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Best Documentary:

The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
WINNER: 20 Feet from Stardom

Best Foreign Film:

Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
WINNER: The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
Omar (Palestine)

Best Sound Mixing:

Captain Phillips
WINNER: Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor

Best Sound Editing:

All Is Lost
Captain Phillips
WINNER: Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lone Survivor

Best Supporting Actress:

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
WINNER: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Cinematography:

Philippe Le Sourd, The Grandmaster
WINNER: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Phedon Papamichael, Nebraska
Roger A Deakins, Prisoners

Best Editing:

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
WINNER: Gravity
12 Years a Slave

Best Production Design:

American Hustle
Gravity
WINNER: Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn, The Great Gatsby
Her
12 Years a Slave

Best Original Score:

John Williams, The Book Thief
WINNER: Steven Price, Gravity
William Butler and Owen Pallett, Her
Alexandre Desplat, Philomena
Thomas Newman, Saving Mr Banks

Best Original Song:

Alone Yet Not Alone, Alone Yet Not Alone [disqualified]
Happy, Despicable Me 2
WINNER: Let It Go, Frozen
The Moon Song, Her
Ordinary Love, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight
Billy Ray, Captain Phillips
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, Philomena
WINNER: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Terence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Original Screenplay:

Eric Warren Singer and David O Russell, American Hustle
Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, Dallas Buyers Club
WINNER: Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska

Best Director:

David O Russell, American Hustle
WINNER: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actress:

Amy Adams, American Hustle
WINNER: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Actor:

Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
WINNER: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Picture:

WINNER: 12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
The Wolf of Wall Street

Universal Removing Gay Slur from Vince Vaughn Movie

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has denounced a movie trailer for the Universal comedy “The Dilemma” and says the studio has promised to remove the offending scene.

A spokesperson for the organization said Universal sent GLAAD a link to the trailer last month, in which Vince Vaughn says, “Ladies and gentleman, electric cars are gay.”vince-vaughn-picture-3

GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement, “The use of the word ‘gay’ in this trailer as a slur is unnecessary and does nothing more than send a message of intolerance about our community to viewers.”

GLAAD says has told the organization today the joke will be removed from promotional media campaigns from this point forward — including in the trailer currently playing in movie theaters.

In a statement released Friday, Universal told THR, “The teaser trailer for ‘The Dilemma’ was not intended to cause anyone discomfort. In light of growing claims that the introduction to the trailer is insensitive, it is being replaced. A full trailer, which has been in the works for some time, will post online later today.”

In an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week to discuss bullying, Anderson Cooper criticized the movie, saying, “I just find those words, those terms, we’ve got to do something to make those words unacceptable cause those words are hurting kids.”

Ellen DeGeneres Buys TV Time To Promote Gay Marriage

TV host Ellen DeGeneres has purchased $100,000 worth of television advertising time to encourage Californians to overturn Proposition 8 which would seeks to define marriage as between a man and a woman only under the state constitution.  Her TV commercials will be screened in the run-up to the state ballot on November 4th.

DeGeneres will tell viewers that opponents of gay marriage are “twisting the truth”, and will appeal to people to vote for “compassion and fairness”.

Recent opinion polls have shown a swing in the number of Californians who oppose same-sex marriage.

Opponents have stepped up their own TV advertising campaign, warning that children will be taught about gay marriage in primary schools.

Gay marriage supporters have called that argument misleading.

DeGeneres married her partner, actress Portia de Rossi, in August.