Oscars celebrate artistry


Marisa Caban

Photographer

The Academy Awards aired live Sunday night on ABC, and the world watched one of Hollywood’s best parties of the year.

Oscars are best known for the gorgeous red carpet gowns, stunning musical and visual performances, and hilarious hosts. This year held true to the usual Oscar standard of on-time perfection, despite harrowing rainfall that threatened to flood the Red Carpet the night before.

Ellen DeGeneres on stage during the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Ellen DeGeneres on stage during the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres led a wonderful show featuring a 75th anniversary musical tribute to the “Wizard of Oz.” DeGeneres offered her own tribute to the legendary film, coming out after Pink’s performance of “Over the Rainbow” in a Glenda the Good Witch costume.

Matthew MacConaughey on stage during the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles.

Matthew MacConaughey on stage during the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles.

DeGeneres also told great jokes, took a Twitter-crashing selfie with front-row actors, and yes, actually had pizza delivered to the Dolby Theater.

“Captain Phillips” and “American Hustle” both went home with no Oscars despite 16 nominations between them. “American Hustle” lost best original screenplay to “Her” and lost costume design and production design to “The Great Gatsby.”

“Gravity” won a majority of the technical awards, taking Oscars for cinematography, film editing, original score, sound editing, sound mixing, visual effects, and best director, Alfonso Cuarón.

Kate Blanchett won for her stunning role in “Blue Jasmine,” putting an end to the “Gravity” winning streak.

“Frozen” won both of its nominations for best animated picture and original song, “Let it Go,” which was performed live by Idina Menzel, who plays Elsa in the film.

Matthew McConaughey and Jered Leto, lead actors in “Dallas Buyers Club,” won both of their nominations for actor in a leading role and actor in a supporting role, respectively.  “Dallas Buyers Club” also won for makeup and hairstyling.

Feature documentary was won by “20 Feet from Stardom,” while documentary short went to “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.” The winner of short live-action film was “Helium,” and “Mr. Hublot” won animated short film. Best foreign language film was given to “The Great Beauty.”

“12 Years a Slave” won for best adapted screen play, best actress in a supporting role—Lupita Nyong’o and best picture.

Now that the Academy Awards are over, moviegoers will have to wait for the next round of Oscar hopefuls to hit theatres late summer.

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