Special to AMFM Magazine by Jimmy Willden
The 2014 Academy Awards aired on Sunday, Mar. 2, and they were full of surprises (such as Jennifer Lawrence tripping (again) on the red carpet, Ellen DeGeneres ordering pizza and breaking twitter with the most retweeted post/selfie off all time), and, of course, the deeply emotional and heartwarming acceptance speeches (I’m looking at you Lupita and Jared).
But when it came down to the awards, there were no big surprises. Gravity swept every single technical award, as expected, taking home seven statues, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron. 12 Years a Slave followed suit with three Oscars, including the top prize! In the end, the biggest surprise of the night is the fact that nine-time Oscar-nominated American Hustle went home completely empty-handed.
Not to pat my own back (as I do so anyway), but I also beat my overall score last year, predicting 18.5 out of the 20 categories I covered correctly. Grade: A- (92.5%)
Without further ado, here are Oscar Sunday’s Winners:
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
PREDICTION (who I thought would win): Her, Spike Jonze; Runner-up: American Hustle, Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell
WINNER: Her, Spike Jonze
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
PREDICTION: “Let It Go”, Frozen; Runner-Up: “Ordinary Love”, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
WINNER: “Let It Go”, Frozen
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
PREDICTION: Gravity, Steven Price; Runner-Up: Her, William Butler & Owen Pallett
WINNER: Gravity, Steven Price
BEST ANIMATED FILM
PREDICTION: Frozen, Jennifer Lee & Peter Del Vecho – no contest.
WINNER: Frozen, Jennifer Lee & Peter Del Vecho
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
PREDICTION: The Great Beauty, Italy – no contest.
WINNER: The Great Beauty, Italy
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
PREDICTION: The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer & Signe Byrge Sorensen — no contest.
WINNER: 20 Feet From Stardom, Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
PREDICTION: The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin (Production Design), Beverly Dunn (Set Decoration); Runner-Up: Her, K.K. Barrett (Production Design), Gene Serdena (Set Decoration)
WINNER: The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin (Production Design), Beverly Dunn (Set Decoration)
BEST MAKEUP & HAIR DESIGN
PREDICTION: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Stephen Poutry; Runner-Up: Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee & Robin Mathews
WINNER: Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee & Robin Mathews
BEST SOUND EDITING
PREDICTION: Gravity, Glenn Freemantle; Runner-Up: Captain Phillips, Oliver Tarney
WINNER: Gravity, Glenn Freemantle
BEST SOUND MIXING
PREDICTION: Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead & Chris Munro – no contest
WINNER: Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead & Chris Munro
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
PREDICTION: Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk & Neil Corbould – no contest.
WINNER: Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk & Neil Corbould
PREDICTION: Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki; Runner-Up: Inside Llewyn Davis, Bruno Delbonnel
WINNER: Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
PREDICTION: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club ; Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
WINNER: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
PREDICTION: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity; Runner-Up: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
WINNER: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
PREDICTION: 12 Years a Slave; Runner-Up: Gravity
POSSIBLE CURVEBALL WIN: American Hustle or Philomena (but not likely).
WINNER: 12 Years a Slave