The Academy Awards 2014: Wins and Losses

I, like many of you, was one of the avid viewers of The Oscars this year. I probably shouldn’t have because I had a paper due and it went much slower than I would like, but there you are.

In any case, it was a decent show. I appreciated the running pizza joke (and I was actually glad that they got food at the event because I’m sure they were starving) and I loved the group selfie that broke Twitter. I retweeted that, and it took quite a while to do because they crashed Twitter. It was cool, being a part of that, and I happen to really like that photo as well.

Actually, those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that I went a bit Oscar crazy on Twitter, retweeting and tweeting my thoughts.

The Academy Awards always have winners, but I think there were some poignant losses this year as well. It’s made me think about what these awards mean and what we’re actually awarding.

Some things were obvious. Frozen winning Best Animated Picture and Best Song were pretty much a given. Everything that 12 Years a Slave won was pretty much a given.

Perhaps the best thing, the most meaningful award for me as a viewer, was Angela Lansbury’s honorary Oscar for her incredible seventy years of career in film. I can honestly think of no one else half as deserving of the award. She’s literally one of the most phenomenal actresses in history, and since she’s never managed to win an Oscar for any of her many nominations, this was well-earned.

I’ll confess, I was very upset that American Hustle was shut out entirely. It was a tough year in many respects, but I will consistently maintain that Amy Adams deserved Best Actress. I love Cate Blanchett, but I would have put both Amy Adams and Meryl Streep’s performances ahead of hers this year.

As far as Best Actor, I have no issue with Matthew McConaughey winning. In fact, I think his speech was my favorite all night, hands down. I confess, I did feel a bit sad for Leonardo DiCaprio, who was once again snubbed. I don’t think that Wolf of Wall Street is one of his best performances, and so I won’t go so far as to say that he deserved to win. However, the fact that he’s been going for a very long time with excellent films and still hasn’t won an Oscar is a bit…frustrating, and I’m not even a big fan of his. This wasn’t the year, but I can sympathize with his fans.

All in all, it was a decent year for the awards, but I think we should all remember to take it with a grain of salt. Particularly when Gravity beat out The Book Thief and Philomena for Best Score. Travesty.

Cheers,

-C

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About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

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