86th Academy Awards: Recap – The Winners

The 86th Academy Awards are over… and….well… Awards Season is officially over.


It’s been a tight race, although the results were often predictable – no upsets or surprises. It was the most deserving group of nominees, after a stellar year of film.

Here’s the list of winners and stay tuned for the recap:

Best Picture: “12 Years a Slave.”

Actor: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Actress: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine.”

Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave.”

Directing: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity.”

Foreign Language Film: “The Great Beauty,” Italy.

Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave.”

Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, “Her.”

Animated Feature Film: “Frozen.”

Production Design: “The Great Gatsby.”

Cinematography: “Gravity.”

Sound Mixing: “Gravity.”

Sound Editing: “Gravity.”

Original Score: “Gravity,” Steven Price.

Original Song: “Let It Go” from “Frozen.”

Costume: “The Great Gatsby.”

Makeup and Hairstyling: “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Animated Short Film: “Mr. Hublot.”

Documentary Feature: “20 Feet from Stardom.”

Documentary (short subject): “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.”

Film Editing: “Gravity.”

Live Action Short Film: “Helium.”

Visual Effects: “Gravity.”


Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

ImageThe Supporting Actor category was one of my favourites – with a diverse group of talent and absolutely stunning performances. With Bradley Cooper, Barkhad Abdi, Jared Leto, Jonah Hill and Michael Fassbender all nominated, this award was still Jared Leto’s to lose – he’s won the supporting category at almost every other awards show this season. Leto’s portrayal of Rayon was the heart and soul of Dallas Buyers Club. It’s well deserved and he’s in fantastic company.


Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years A Slave

ImageLupita Lupita Lupita. There was not a dry eye in the house. I’ve been raving about this woman’s absolutely devastating performance for almost half a year. All respect to June Squibb, Julia Roberts, Sally Hawkins and Jennifer Lawrence, but this had to be Lupita Nyong’o’s win. Her portrayal of Patsy is haunting and glorious. And her speech…. As eloquent and beautiful as the woman herself.


Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine


Completely expected and completely deserved. Although I would’ve liked to see an upset in this category, with any of the other nominees Amy Adams (American Hustle), Judi Dench (Philomena), Sandra Bullock (Gravity) and Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) taking home the statue – Queen Cate prevailed! Her performance in Blue Jasmine is manic and flawless. All hail Queen Cate.


Actor in a Leading Role:
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club


This category…can I just take a minute to appreciate the talent here! There was plenty of talk of “snubs” for Tom Hanks, Robert Redford and Joaquin Phoenix – but honestly – the men nominated deserved to be there – there’s not one of them that I could justifiably remove from the list to make room for more. Christian Bale (American Hustle), Bruce Dern (Nebraska) and Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf of Wall Street) were considered long shots for the award. The players in contention were Matthew McConaughey for his transformative and compelling work in Dallas Buyers Club, and Chiwetel Ejiofor for is shattering and spectacular work in 12 Years A Slave. As expected, Matthew McConaughey took home the award… alllllriiiiiight alllllriiiiiight alllllriiiiiight. McConnaissance Complete.


Best Adapted Screenplay:
John Ridley – 12 Years A Slave


John Ridley adapted one of the most harrowing and difficult tales to come out of American history. His screenplay tells Solomon Northup’s story of slavery and freedom with absolute reverence and realism. Well done sir.


Best Original Screenplay:
Spike Jonez – Her


Spike Jonez crafted a lovely sonnet with his film Her. There’s so much melancholy and poetry in his words. It’s one of the most original stories of the year – full of heart and wonder. Bravo Spike Jonez.


Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity


Gravity is a technical marvel. The fact that Cuaron had to wait for technology to catch up with his ideas astounding. He controlled every aspect of this film. It is impeccably formed and breathtakingly filmed. Stunning work.


Best Picture:
12 Years A Slave


I cannot say enough about how incredible and important this film is. 12 Years A Slave left me speechless after its TIFF premiere. It was without a doubt the most emotionally impactful, devastating and heartbreakingly beautiful film of the year. I’ve been rooting for it. With an amazing cast, beyond outstanding performances, powerful direction, gorgeous cinematography and a significant story to tell – this film will be remembered for years – an exceptional and historic achievement.



Ellen Degeneres hosted – and while I was skeptical of her being a “safe” choice – she did a great job. Some jokes didn’t land, some bits went on too long (the pizza… THE PIZZA!)… but other than that, she was fresh and funny.

And let’s not forget the selfie that broke twitter…


The musical performances were fantastic – I’m a huge fan of Pharrell (and his huge hat) – and the dance off between him, Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams was my absolute favorite.

It’s been a great ride… thanks for the fun awards season…. See you next year.


One thought on “86th Academy Awards: Recap – The Winners

  1. Great recap Ruby! Loved every second of last night which I credit in large part to Ellen and her ability to just really make the whole thing a lot less stuffy and fun! That and my faux-husband MM took home the Oscar! 😉

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