2014 Academy Awards Winners - '12 Years a Slave' & Alfonso Cuarón
by Alex Billington
March 2, 2014
The 86th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and announce the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre with another returning, exuberant host - Ellen DeGeneres. Last year featured a vivid and memorable set of movies, from Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity to Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave to Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street to Spike Jonze's Her to David O. Russell's American Hustle to Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips as the key contenders, among many others. Who will win? Time to finally find out at the 2014 Oscars. The full list below will be updated with winners marked as they're announced live tonight - refresh for updates.
Read on for the complete list of 2014 Oscar nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!
This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street
Thoughts: Hooray! Congrats to 12 Years a Slave. I had a feeling this might win, and I'm very happy that it did. I wrote in my review from Telluride that this film "is a profound cinematic achievement on every level".
David O. Russell - American Hustle
Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity
Alexander Payne - Nebraska
Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese - The Wolf of Wall Street
Thoughts: Fantastic! Alfonso! My man (my interview with him). Congratulations on this huge win, the film is groundbreaking and he deserves it for all the years of work that he and his team put into this. Bravo, bravo Cuarón! A big night for Gravity with so many awards in total, but especially this win.
Christian Bale - American Hustle
Bruce Dern - Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
Thoughts: My heart is still with Chiwetel Ejiofor (or Oscar Isaac or Robert Redford), but McConaughey had the awards season momentum and does give an excellent performance in Dallas Buyers Club. He's winning this for all his recent performances, from Mud to Killer Joe to Magic Mike to Wolf of Wall Street.
Amy Adams - American Hustle
Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock - Gravity
Judi Dench - Philomena
Meryl Streep - August: Osage County
Thoughts: Not bad, Blanchett was damn good it's hard to disagree with this expected win. I'm fine with it.
Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper - American Hustle
Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill - The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club
Thoughts: He deserves it, performance for the ages, and he's been winning all the awards for good reason. While I love Abdi and Hill and Fassbender too, this was Leto's Oscar to win. Nice job.
Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle
Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts - August: Osage County
June Squibb - Nebraska
Thoughts: Yay! She so needed to win this one and I am so happy that she won this, she's just wonderful.
American Hustle - Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine - Woody Allen
Dallas Buyers Club - Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
Her - Spike Jonze
Nebraska - Bob Nelson
Thoughts: YES! So, so, so happy for Spike, this is such a deserving and outstanding and exciting win. This is the one that Her needed to win because it's such a beautiful, original story. Congrats, congrats, bravo, now go see this film and fall in love with it as much as everyone else.
Before Midnight - Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke
Captain Phillips - Billy Ray
Philomena - Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope
12 Years a Slave - John Ridley
The Wolf of Wall Street - Terence Winter
Thoughts: Although I absolutely love Before Midnight, this is the next best win, and an early hint that 12 Years might go all the way. It's an outstanding screenplay adapted from a brutally honest tale.
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises
Thoughts: Of course! Everyone loves Frozen! Even The Academy, and so it wins, as expected. No win for Miyazaki, but I'm not surprised that Frozen won instead.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
Thoughts: I still wish Blue of the Warmest Color could've been nominated…
The Grandmaster - Philippe Le Sourd
Gravity - Emmanuel Lubezki
Inside Llewyn Davis - Bruno Delbonnel
Nebraska - Phedon Papamichael
Prisoners - Roger Deakins
Thoughts: Congrats! Lubezki! Chivo! He's the best. A cinematography master, one of the all-time greats, who finally gets his Oscar. Deakins should win one day son, but I'm happy Lubezki is getting this one for Gravity anyway. Extraordinary work in that film.
The Act of Killing - Joshua Oppenheimer & Signe Byrge Sørensen
Cutie and the Boxer - Zachary Heinzerling & Lydia Dean Pilcher
Dirty Wars - Richard Rowley & Jeremy Scahill
The Square - Jehane Noujaim & Karim Amer
20 Feet from Stardom - Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers
Thoughts: What?! No way, come on…! So many other better docs that should've won this, from Stories We Tell to After Tiller to The Square. I'm upset that this one won. Said best by David Chen: "20 Feet from Stardom had this category sown up for awhile, but decades from now, people will still be talking about The Act of Killing." Indeed. That doc, for sure, and so many others. Oh well.
CaveDigger - Jeffrey Karoff
Facing Fear - Jason Cohen
Karama Has No Walls - Sara Ishaq
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life - Malcolm Clarke & Nicholas Reed
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall - Edgar Barens
Feral - Daniel Sousa & Dan Golden
Get a Horse! - Lauren MacMullan & Dorothy McKim
Mr. Hublot - Laurent Witz & Alexandre Espigares
Possessions - Shuhei Morita
Room on the Broom - Max Lang & Jan Lachauer
Thoughts: Yes! I loved this short, it's very adorable and so much fun, I'm so glad it won. Out of all five of these shorts this year, it was my favorite, though I admit I also love Get a Horse, too.
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me) - Esteban Crespo
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything) - Xavier Legrand & Alexandre Gavras
Helium - Anders Walter & Kim Magnusson
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?) - Selma Vilhunen & Kirsikka Saari
The Voorman Problem - Mark Gill & Baldwin Li
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness
Thoughts: Yes! Of course, the obvious winner and expected pick because the work in this is phenomenal.
American Hustle - Judy Becker (Production Design); Heather Loeffler (Set Decoration)
Gravity - Andy Nicholson (Production Design); Rosie Goodwin & Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration)
The Great Gatsby - Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)
Her - K.K. Barrett (Production Design); Gene Serdena (Set Decoration)
12 Years a Slave - Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Alice Baker (Set Decoration)
American Hustle - Michael Wilkinson
The Grandmaster - William Chang Suk Ping
The Great Gatsby - Catherine Martin
The Invisible Woman - Michael O'Connor
12 Years a Slave - Patricia Norris
MAKE-UP & HAIR:
Dallas Buyers Club - Adruitha Lee & Robin Mathews
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa - Stephen Prouty
The Lone Ranger - Joel Harlow & Gloria Pasqua-Casny
American Hustle - Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers & Alan Baumgarten
Captain Phillips - Christopher Rouse
Dallas Buyers Club - John Mac McMurphy & Martin Pensa
Gravity - Alfonso Cuarón & Mark Sanger
12 Years a Slave - Joe Walker
Captain Phillips - Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith & Chris Munro
Gravity - Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead & Chris Munro
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Chris Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick & Tony Johnson
Inside Llewyn Davis - Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff & Peter F. Kurland
Lone Survivor - Andy Koyama, Beau Borders & David Brownlow
All Is Lost - Steve Boeddeker & Richard Hymns
Captain Phillips - Oliver Tarney
Gravity - Glenn Freemantle
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Brent Burge & Chris Ward
Lone Survivor - Wylie Stateman
The Book Thief - John Williams
Gravity - Steven Price
Her - William Butler & Owen Pallett
Philomena - Alexandre Desplat
Saving Mr. Banks - Thomas Newman
Thoughts: Alright, this is okay. I like the Gravity score a lot, but I would've preferred Her winning or even Philomena, but this is still a good choice. Gravity's score is awesome, congrats to Price.
"Happy" from Despicable Me 2
"Let it Go" from Frozen
"The Moon Song" from Her
"Ordinary Love" from Mandela
Thoughts: I prefer Inside Llewyn Davis' "Please Mr. Kennedy", but this is a good win. At least not U2.
Final Thoughts: Overall an impressive year the Oscars. Everything that needed to win pretty much went on to win, from 12 Years a Slave as Best Picture to Gravity and Cuaron, to McConaughey and Blanchett, to Nyong'o and Leto. I loved seeing Gravity win so many, but I'm also so happy for 12 Years a Slave and especially for Her, where Spike Jonze won Best Screenplay. He definitely deserved that and I'm relieved that he finally won and the Oscar didn't go to someone else. I'm happy with most of the other winners except for Documentary. That category belonged to The Act of Killing, or even The Square, or Stories We Tell, but nope. Oh well, can't win everything. That about wraps it up. Congrats to 12 Years and all of 2014's winners.
Chime in below after reviewing this full list of 2014 Oscars winners updated throughout the night and let us know if you're satisfied with this year's results, winners and what your thoughts are on the actual Oscar ceremony with Ellen DeGeneres and plenty of love for cinema. Plus, of course, a big congratulations to all of this year's winners and all of the nominees, too! Thoughts on the 2014 Academy Awards winners?