Live Blogging about the Oscars Ceremony 2014

Like I did on the 13th of January 2014 with the article “Live Blogging for the Golden Globes 2014“, I will write this post on my blog in real-time as I watch the free live streaming of the 86th ceremony of the Academy Awards from Los Angeles, California, USA, using these two links:

Suzy Besinger, the costume designer for Blue Jasmine, talks about how the bag was fundamental for Cate Blanchett’s character. The bag is almost a character. That bag is a protection shield. The character of Jasmine clings to the accessories that Suzy designed, and they spend a lot of time with attention to that.

Matthew McConaughey came with his wife and his mother. This is about the experience of being here, nominated, for the very first time. He cannot know if he might be here again, so he intends to make the most of it and have fun.

Producers Craig Zaiden and Neil Meron have organized a contest in which the 6 winners would come onto the Oscars stage to help as volunteers with the organizers. The winners were chosen by the film essays they wrote.

Lara and Jess from ABC present the show on TV.

Ellen DeGeneres is the host of the big ceremony.

She says that she was presenter 7 years ago. She says that back then, Martin Scorsese, Leo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, and Cate Blanchett were nominated. She mentions some of the first-time nominees. The theme for this year’s ceremony is “Heroes in Hollywood”. Movies are used as inspiration. If people don’t have love, family, and friendship, and if they don’t get those, they get into show business, she says.

It’s an amazing year for movies. She has been nominated, and by that, she means Meryl Streep – 18 nominees. Ellen Degeneres says it’s gonna be The Hunger Games.

She mentions that Jennifer Lawrence tripped on the red carpet. Because she is in danger of tripping, maybe if she wins, they should bring the Oscar to her, not her come to the stage.

June Squibb is the oldest actress ever nominated – 88 years old.

Jonah Hill was nominated again – a pleasant surprise.

In my opinion, the best joke of the entire evening is “Possibility no. 1, 12 Years a Slave wins the best picture. Possibility 2. You’re all racists”.

Anne Hathaway presents Oscar for best supporting actor. Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club (2013). He is so proud to have been nominated among such great actors. He tells a story about a high school dropout girl with a second child. She inspired her children to be remarkable. “Thank you for teaching me to dream, mom”. He dedicates to all the dreamers like Venezuela and Ukraine. He tanks his brother and tot the entire team. This is for 35 million people who died of AIDS. He makes a statement pro-homosexuals.

Ellen DeGeneres. Presents Jim Carrey, who presents a video collage. He mentions his friend Bruce Dern. He does an imitation of him. He presents a collage of animated films throughout history.

Carrie Washington introduces the song from Despicable Me 2 (2013): Pharrell Williams( “Happy”)

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Samuel L. Jackson and Naomi Watts present at the Oscars for costume design. The Great Gatsby (2013): Catherine Martin

It’s her 3rd Oscar. He got her first 2 for costume design and art direction of “Moulin Rouge”. A very Australian presentation.

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Dallas Buyers Club (2013): Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews

Their first Oscar., They are happy to have had the possibility to tell this story about how AIDS was in the ’80s

American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, and The Wolf of Wall Street get presented by Harrison Ford. All these have shared blood.

Channing Tatum has been part of selecting the 6 college students, “Team Oscar” who made each 60 seconds short and were deemed the best among tens of thousands of participants in the USA.

At the ceremony, present the real Captain Phillips and the honest Philomena.

Kim Novak from Vertigo and Matthew McConaughey present awards for animation. Total freedom, anything goes, pure creativity – specific for energy.

Best Short Film, Animated Mr. Hublot (2013): Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares

Their 1st Oscar, their 1st film. This Oscar hat goes to France tonight.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Frozen (2013). Chris Buck is at his first Oscar and second nomination. The 3 winners make a brief speech.

Sally Field – the everyday quiet act of heroism push back, and their stories get told, illuminating and inspiring us to be human. She presents a collage of feature films based on real accounts of heroes.

Emma Watson and Joseph Gordon Lewitt present Oscar for visual effects: Gravity (2013): Timothy Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould.

VFX is all about the team, says Corbould, who also won for Gladiator. He makes a very polite speech on behalf of all. He thanks the families of all VFX artists families.

Zac Efron introduces another song: Her (2013): Karen O(“The Moon Song”)

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Best Short Film, Live Action film under 40 mins Helium (2014): Anders Walter Kim Magnusson

1st Oscar for Anders Walter. 2nd win and the 5th nomination for Kim Magnusson. They thank their families.

Best Documentary, Short Subject The Lady In Number 6 Music Saved My Life (2013): Malcolm Clarke, Carl Freed

2nd win for Malcolm Clarke. The character in the film was 110 years and died a week ago. She taught the team joy and forgiveness. “Watch the film; it will make you live a happier life.”

Ellen says she wants to order pizza. Who else wants some?

Bradley Cooper presents a documentary. The quality is breathtaking. These people tell true stories of heroes stories for a living.

Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013): Morgan Neville

Their 1st Oscar.

His mentor told him that he’ll never win an Oscar years ago. In reality, tSo the star coordinating “20 feet from stardom” sings and everybody applauds.

Kevin Spacey “I sing because I’m returned from  Washington to be back with my Hollywood friends”. Angela Lansbury (88 years), Steve Martin (comedian), and Pierro Tossi (5 Oscars for costumes) have won awards for lifetime contributions. The honorary Oscar was presented in Washington.

The Jean Hearsolt Humanitarian awards as a global advocate for causes go to Angelina Jolie, who thanks her mother.

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It seems that until now, at least, Dallas Buyers Club has led the race to the Oscars with 2 awards, also having huge chances for the best actor Oscar. Great masterpiece.

Viola Davis presents foreign language film:

The Great Beauty (2013): Paolo Sorrentino(Italy)

11th Oscar for Italy in film history in this category since it was instituted.

Tyler Perry presents the 4th film nominated for Oscar Nebraska. Nothing is black or white but radiant shades of gray. Then he presents Her. Gravity is between haunting silence and bold action.

Brad Pitt (nominated at the Oscar this year as a producer for 12 Years a Slave”) introduces U2, who sings the song from

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013): Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Brian Burton(“Ordinary Love”). Everybody applauds, standing.

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Ellen DeGeneres tries to take a photo with as many actors as possible and sends it on Twitter.

Kristel Bell and Michael B Jordan present the Science and Technical Awards. 21 awards for 54 recipients. Gordon E. Sawyer award included.

Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron present sound Oscars. Best Achievement in Sound Mixing. Gravity (2013): Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, and Chris Munro thank director Alfonso for their vision and patience

Best Achievement in Sound Editing Gravity (2013): Glenn Freemantle

1st Oscar, 2nd nomination after Slumdog Millionaire. Cuaron is brilliant and pushes him beyond limits. They are such a great team and a powerful bond for this film. He thanks family and coworkers, generally.

Christoph Waltz presents Oscar for supporting actress. 3 of them are first-time nominees. Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave (2013). Everybody applauds, standing.

So much joy in her life for so much suffering of the actual character. She thanks the spirit of her character, who has inspired her. She mentions the members of the main crew. She thanks The Yale School of Drama and each member of her family. No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.

Ellen serves pizza to some of the celebrities. Then, she asks for money from the public.

Ellen introduces Sheryl Bone Isaacs, the first colored woman in the history of AMPAS (The Academy). They preserve the past, honor the present and shape the future. For example, there were 5 billion movie tickets sold in 2013. She presents the project of a museum that is planned to open in 2017.

Amy Adams and Bill Murray present the Oscar for photography Gravity (2013): Emmanuel Lubezki

1st Oscar, 6th nomination, including previously with Cuaron for Children of Men. She names several people of  the crew and “my teachers, not all of them, but some”

In the music from her single “When I’m gone” comes Anna Kendrick, who presents Oscar for film editing: Gravity (2013): Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger

1st Oscar for both of them. Mark Sanger, thanks to professions. There is no greater accolade than to be recognized by those who inspire you.

Whoopi Goldberg presented 4 Oscar ceremonies and won 1 Oscar. She came with movie slippers, a tribute to The Wizard of Oz. Liza Minelli and Lorna Loft, descendants of Judy Garland, are honored. Alicia Moore, or Pink, sings “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” commemorating the film Wizard of Oz.

Looks like “Gravity” is going to be the night’s great winner. The film has received 5 Oscars for sound mixing, sound editing, film editing, cinematography, and visual effects and has excellent chances for directing. It also did not lose yet at any of the 10 categories where it has been nominated.

Jennifer Garner and Benedict Cumberbatch present the Oscar for Best Achievement in Production Design The Great Gatsby (2013): Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn

4th Oscar wins for Catherine Martin out of 6 nominations. 1st Oscar for B. Dunn.

Rhys Ifans presents a collage of film stills about the heroes’ journeys. Features music from the trailer of Inception.

Julie Andrews presents in memoriam.

Bette Midler sings “the wind beneath my wings” from the film “Beaches”.

Ellen DeGeneres says they broke Twitter, and her plan to get the most retweets on her picture worked.

On the music from “As Good As It Gets”, Goldie Hawn presents the remaining 3 films nominated for best picture: Philomena, Captain Phillips, and 12 Years a Slave.

On the musical theme of Pulp Fiction, enters 2-time nominee John Travolta, who introduces another nomination in the song category: Frozen (2013): Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez (“Let It Go”)

Everybody stands up applauding.

William Ross conducts the orchestra for the Oscars. He gets acknowledged.

Jamie Foxx and Jessica Biel present the Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures award, Original Score Gravity (2013): Steven Price.

Cuaron inspired every note. “Sorry, my parents, for making so much noise while growing up.”

best song Frozen (2013): Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez(“Let It Go”)

They have an enjoyable moment thanking people whose names rhyme. This song is an inspiration to not let fear and humiliation stop you from being who you really are.

The big awards left: screenplays, leading actor & actress, directing, and film.

Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Amy Adams have each been in two films nominated for Oscar this year.

Robert DeNiro and Penelope Cruz present awards for screenplays

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published 12 Years a Slave (2013): John Ridley

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Her (2013): Spike Jonze 4th nomination, 1st win. 42 seconds to thank. He thanks everyone who made a movie about relationships.

There has also been a lot of applause when the American Hustle script was on the screen.

Angelina Jolie and Sydney Poitier enter – the music of To Sir With Love. Poitier is celebrating his 50th anniversary for best actor. They present the Oscar for directing Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity (2013)

This has been a transformative experience, says Cuaron. If great things did not take a lot, the whole thing would be a waste of time. For a lot of people, it has been a wising experience. He first thanks his son. This is the accomplishment of a lifetime project.

Under the music from Mary Poppins featured in Saving Mr. Banks, Ellen DeGeneres promises to come back.

Ellen congratulates Matthew McConaughey on how he looks.

Daniel Day-Lewis presents the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine (2013)

Everybody applauds, standing. She says, “Sit down! You’re too old to be standing”. She congratulates everyone who she has been nominated with. She thanks Woody for the intelligent distributor who stayed for a long time in cinemas. The female-centered movies deserve to stay in the cinemas because they make money. She mentions a lot of particular people from the cast of Blue Jasmine.

Jennifer Lawrence presents Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club (2013). He got the most applause. Everyone applauds, standing.

Something to look up to, something to look forward to, and somebody to chase, the hero. “When you’ve got God, you’ve got a friend, and that is you”. His hero when he was 15 was himself in the future at 25. He turned that into a habit of competing with himself. Great speech. Memorable. When I see it on YouTube, I’ll share it.

Will Smith presents the award for best picture in 12 Years a Slave (2013)

Brad Pitt says everyone was brought together by S. McQueen, who says that without B. Pitt, this movie wouldn’t have existed. Steve McQueen hardly catches his breath. Winners:
Brad Pitt
Dede Gardner
Jeremy Kleiner
Steve McQueen
Anthony Katagas

Everyone deserves not only to survive but to live. This movie is dedicated to all who have endured slavery and 21 million people who still take it on our planet.

Ceremony Directed by Hamish Hamilton.


Final Oscars count


1st place Gravity, 7 Oscars

2nd place in 12 Years a Slave, 3 awards including best film

3rd place Dallas Buyers Club 3 Oscars

4th place The Great Gatsby, Frozen, each 2 Oscars

Great movies that this year haven’t received any Oscars

American Hustle, 10 nominations,

The Wolf on Wall Street 5 nominations

Nebraska, 6 nominations

Subjective comment: The ceremony wasn’t so spectacular compared to other years, and most of the awards were predictable. Everybody was very hurried. I would have liked for the people awarded to have more time to send powerful messages and Ellen to have less time for her jokes.

Marcus Victor Grant

Text Copyright © Marcus Victor Grant, 2014-present

One thought on “Live Blogging about the Oscars Ceremony 2014

  1. […] Live Blogging About The Oscars Ceremony 2014 March 2nd, 2014 — “Like I did on the 13th of January 14 with the article “Live Blogging for the the Golden Globes2014“, I will write this post on my blog in real time, as I watch the free live streaming of the 86th ceremony of the Academy Awards from Los Angeles, California, USA, using these two links: […]” […]


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