Oscars 2014: Living it up to the Hype and Hoopla

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12 Years a Slave
12 Years A Slave’s Oscar win is the first time a film by an African-American has won Best Picture in its entire 86-year history. Photo courtesy-A.M.P.A.S

There’s sense of heightened anticipation that surrounds every movie buff and enthusiast, come the months of February and March. Each year, without fail, the Oscars bring in the feeling of ‘everything-is going-to-fall-into-place’ as far as adjudication of the best movie, actor, actress and other assorted plaudits are concerned.

This year was no different and with movies like Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Dallas Buyers Club, the Great Gatsby and the American Hustle in the fray, only the best amongst the best was to be expected. And the Oscars did more than deliver on these expectations, bringing forth a few pleasant surprises along the way.

Matthew McConaughey won a much deserved Oscar for his reel-life portrayal of real-life Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club. The movie, in totality, picked three Oscars – aside of McConaughey, Jared Leto won the best supporting actor while the award for best make-up was also adjudicated to it.

McConaughey and Leto, whose performances were ‘rave’ in the movie, gave emotional speeches that touched the hearts of everyone present for the ceremony. Especially Leto, who dedicated his award with the words, ‘Those who have ever felt injustice because of who they are, or who you love. This is for the 36 million people out there who have lost the battle to Aids.’

Gravity, starring George Clooney – who incidentally didn’t make it to the awards ceremony – and Sandra Bullock, was the star of the show and took home seven awards, followed by 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club with three each. The much touted Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese failed to take home a single award though another of Leonardo di Caprio’s movie the Great Gatsby, starring Indian movie thespian, Amitabh Bachchan took home the award for the best costume.

British actress Cate Blanchett won her second Oscar, for her impeccable performance in Blue Jasmine while Kenyan debutant, Lupita Nyong’o bagged the Oscar for the best supporting actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave. And alongside Lupita Nyong’o, was Alfonso Cuaron who became the first South American director to bag the Oscars for Gravity.

Here’s a complete list of Oscar winners for this year.

These scintillation during the award ceremony however did not take anything away from the resplendence of wardrobes that most Hollywood beauties displayed. There were a few gaffes as well what with Jennifer Lawrence tripping on the red carpet and John Travolta mispronouncing the name of singer Idina Menzel’s name during his introducing her to sing her song, ‘Let it Go’, from the movie Frozen.

But the biggest starlight on the event was the selfie that host Ellen DeGeneres took along with some of the Hollywood hotties and gals that has been re-tweeted for a record number of times! On top of everything else, that’s perhaps the biggest stamp of approval on the event for this year!!

most epic oscar selfie

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