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Arrival of the Oscars: The Aftermath

5 March 2014 By Nick Salacki, Columnist No Comments

The Oscars have come and gone and we now have a list of well-deserved Academy Award winners to add to an already prestigious group of legends.

But what was most appealing and hilarious about the night was Ellen DeGeneres as the ceremony’s host.

Ellen started out the show with several hilarious jokes. From Jennifer Lawrence’s clumsy falls, to Meryl Streep’s expensive nominations for her hair, makeup and dress, to everyone being racist if “12 Years a Slave” does not win for Best Picture.

But where Ellen differed from past Oscar hosts, she did not ever break out into a nice little musical number, which is a regular thing by now at the Oscars. Alas, Ellen still did not disappoint. Ellen even paused on the stage for a couple seconds and asked if anyone in the audience was hungry, later having pizza delivered, giving an extra slice to pregnant Kerry Washington.

Ellen’s comedy style the night of the Oscars was cute, simple and packed a huge comedic punch. Some other viewers of the ceremony that I talked with said Ellen was not all that great, and I can understand this opinion. I’m sure the ceremony would’ve been a lot better if a musical number was involved.

As far as achievements go, it seems as if “Gravity” was the big winner of the night, going home with seven awards including Director, Score, Cinematography, Editing, Sound mixing and editing and Visual Effects.

Other big winners were “12 Years a Slave” going home with three awards: Picture, Supporting Actress and Adapted Screenplay (spiking sales in the novel it was based from).

“Dallas Buyers Club” also went home with three awards: Leading Actor, Supporting Actor and Makeup and Hairstyling. “Frozen” and “The Great Gatsby” both earned two awards each.

Animated Feature and Original Song went to “Frozen” and Production and Costume Design went to “The Great Gatsby.”

All was well received from my point of view, all except the award for Best Picture.

I wanted so badly for “Gravity” to win, although I did know that “12 Years a Slave” would win instead.

Some years at the Oscars, the film that wins for Picture and Director are not always the same. Some years, there is a big distinction between the director’s ability, creativity and overall craft of filmmaking and a widely popular and well-received film in general that makes a big impact on the Academy.

Some years, they go hand in hand, but not this year. Some people even believe that the film the winning director filmed should always win for Best Picture. Ang Lee, Roman Polanski, Steven Soderbergh, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone have all defied this notion.

Overall, I enjoyed the Academy Award ceremony this year. With my predictions coming true and with Ellen being her fantastically funny self as always, it was a great night.

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