First off, I would like to say that this years Oscars is by far the best I've ever seen. It packed an emotional punch that previous years lacked for me, and many of my favourite choices won. Here are my thoughts on the big winners, and some of those who missed out on snagging the Oscar.
Best Picture - 12 Years a Slave
After hearing Lupita Nyong'o's emotional, powerful speech, I suddenly felt a wave of emotion hit me. I knew then that 12 Years a Slave was the rightful winner this year, especially when it dawned on me the amount of people who suffered like Solomon Northup did. This movie brought that terrible history to life again, and it stands up there with the best films that has ever won in the Best Picture category. It is a landmark film of my generation, so I am very happy with it winning the top prize.
Best Director - Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity
While I personally wanted McQueen to win, Cuaron was definitely a worthy winner of Best Director. The painstaking effort that went into the creation of Gravity is awe-inspiring, so I was pleased to see him walk away with the award. But still... I had other favourites.
Best Actor - Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club
McConaughey to me shined above all the other nominees' performances. He gave one of the finest performances I've ever seen, and I couldn't be happier for him. I have seen much backlash over the "SNUBBED" Leonardo DiCaprio (who I've loved since I was a child), but this year he just didn't deserve it. The right man won.
Best Actress - Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
Cate Blanchett gave the greatest performance by far out of the nominees. It's a performance for the ages, standing right up there with the likes of Bette Davis, Gloria Swanson, Faye Dunaway and even Meryl Streep. It's the best win for the category that I've seen in years.
Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club
While some cynical people hate on Leto's performance for not doing the Trans community justice, I personally believe he didn't misstep once in his incredible performance. I have many trans friends, some who lived through the time the film was set in, and they also agree that he was phenomenal in his role. So shove that in your pipe and smoke it! In all seriousness, I thought that either Leto or Abdi deserved the award, and I believe the right man won.
Best Supporting Actress - Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave
No words... I have no words... her speech made my mother and I tear up. She gave such a harrowing, moving performance. By far the best of the nominees. I honestly thought Lawrence would win this year, but I thank the Academy that didn't happen. This was Nyong'o's year, and the right woman won!
My emotional response to the rest of the show!
The "In Memoriam" section of the awards were by far the greatest thing about the show. Seeing legends such as Peter O'Toole, Joan Fontaine, Ray Harryhausen, Richard Griffiths, Roger Ebert, and Harold Ramis on the screen made me break down in tears. Then when Bette Midler came out and sang "Wind Beneath My Wings"... that was the cherry on the cake. I've never been so moved in my life.
My second favourite thing about the show was the Wizard of Oz and Judy Garland Tribute, which was executed perfectly. P!nk sang "Over the Rainbow" in front of a screen that flashed images of the film... it was such an emotionally stirring tribute for me. Seeing as Garland never quite got the honours she deserved whilst she was alive, I found it beautiful to see her finally in the spotlight again after all these years.
All of my favourites won, and I can't complain about anything really. I didn't find Ellen Degeneres particularly funny, but she wasn't bad at all. I cried a total of three times during this ceremony, whereas I've never cried watching the show in all my life. For that, I call this the greatest Academy Awards I've ever seen.
What did you think of the Awards?