Hashtag the Oscars
The real star of the Academy Awards last night was Twitter, with 87% of the online mentions of the Oscars, being on this platform. Based on this action, they should rename “The Oscars” to “#TheOscars.”
According to an article by The Guardian, referring to the impromptu selfie photo Ellen Degeneres took with a handful of A-List actors, “Within an hour, the DeGeneres tweet had claimed over a million retweets. The Oscars host later said that Twitter had temporarily crashed because of her actions.” Her shameless selfie claimed the title for most retweeted post over Obama’s 2012 re-election tweet. Twitter also won over its audience by encouraging Oscar viewers to hashtag, #myoscarphoto with their own Academy Awards style for a chance to have their photo displayed for the large TV viewing audience and Hollywood heroes.
I don’t know about you, but last night was one of the first times that I hadn’t felt that someone was robbed of an Academy Award. If for some reason you weren’t able to watch the 86th Anniversary of the Academy Awards last night, due to “insert excuse here” and haven’t visited Twitter yet this morning, here are the top 2014 Oscar Winners along with some of the laughter and goose-bump inducing moments you missed out on:
Gravity cleaned house last night, by winning 7 out of the 24 possible Award categories. Each time an announcer was about to reveal the winner of the next award my roommate, who was half sleeping on the other couch, would mutter “Gravity,” and would be correct most of the time. Gravity took home the awards for Best Cinematography, Best Directing, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and of course best Visual Effects.
The only categories which Gravity was nominated for but did not win were Best Actress in a Leading Role – that went to Cate Blanchett and her fashionable Birkin bag for Blue Jasmine – and Best Picture which went to 12 Years a Slave, wholly deserving IMHO. Each time they replayed scenes from 12 Years a Slave, I re-experienced the goosebumps I felt when I first watched the film, especially during the clips for Best Supporting Actress, which went to the lovely Lupita Nyong’o. If you missed her acceptance speech, you should YouTube it ASAP. Her creative mind conjured up one of the most sincere, heartfelt and tear jerking speeches at the 2014 Oscars. Opening the speech with “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else’s” and concluding it with “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”
Personally I tuned into the Academy Awards (even though it cut into True Detective) to see romcom-actor-turned-serious-dramatic-actor Matthew McConaughey win for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the character he played in Dallas Buyers Club, a role he went down to 133 lbs for. Jared Leto, his co-star, won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the character Rayon.