2014 Oscars: What You Might Have Missed


Lupita Nyong’o – photo courtesy of express.co.uk

Aisha Tahir, Editor-in-Chief

The 2014 Oscars have come and gone. The much-anticipated ceremony was held Sunday March 2nd and we saw both familiar and new faces flock the red carpet. From the moment the movie stars hit the carpet they were the buzz of the night.

The night began with the traditional walk down the infamous red carpet and to Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. On the way, they were photographed and interviewed regarding their clothes, and, as always, there was glamor and there were… mistakes. Lupita Nyong’o was voted best dressed at the event, in her pale blue Prada dress. Julia Roberts on the other hand could have a made a better choice, as she was voted one of the worst dressed at the ceremony in her black lace outfit.

Now moving on to the actual ceremony! Several great stars and films won awards for their accomplishments, but none did better than Gravity, which won seven awards over the course of the night. Although Sandra Bullock, the star of the movie, was nominated for best female lead role, she did not win, and the award went to Cate Blanchett for her performance in Blue Jasmine. Best supporting actress went to Lupita Nyong’o for her role in 12 Years a Slave, which won best picture. Best supporting actor went to Jared Leto for his performance in transgender AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club. Matthew McConaughey also won best male lead role for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. Frozen won best animated film.

The 86th Annual Oscar Awards also broke several records. 12 Years a Slave’s best picture award was the first time in history that the Oscars had awarded the title to an African American director. The Oscar selfie taken by host Ellen Degeneres along with other celebrities was also probably the first time anything of the such had happened. The photo has set a record for most retweets and features Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o, Kevin Spacey and Jared Leto. It was also the first time there was pizza ordered during the ceremony. I guess that what you would have to expect with Ellen Degeneres hosting the event!

Speaking of Ellen, host of the 2014 Oscars, no one could have done better job. She was hilarious and had both the audience and viewers laughing the whole night.

The Oscars also featured epic mispronunciations, thanks to Mr. John Travolta, who was responsible for introducing Idina Menzel’s performance of Let It Go. He instead pronounced her name “Adele Dazeem”. His failure inspired the creation of the Travoltifier, an app that will mess up our name to convey how John Travolta would pronounce it.

As for Leonardo DiCaprio, who had been nominated for best lead role in Wolf of Wall Street (and lost, once again)…maybe next year, Leo. Maybe next year.