The leading motif of 86th Academy Awards ceremony last night was diversity with “12 Years A Slave” winning the best picture Oscar, Lupita Nyong’o awarded as the best supporting actress and Jared Leto honored as the best supporting actor for his role of a transgender AIDS patient in “Dallas Buyers Club”. This is the first time that a black director gets the top award at the Oscars. “Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live”, said Steve McQueen, the British-born film director who dedicated his film to 21 million people still enduring slavery today. The film was also received an Oscar for the Best Adapted Screenplay, but the most emotional moment of the whole ceremony was when Lupita Nyong’o came up on the stage to receive her award for the best supporting actress. She started crying and said that this honor was the joy of her life and added: “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”.
“Gravity” was awarded with seven Oscars, including the honour of Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron, and “The Great Beauty” was awarded as the Best Foreign Language Film.
Matthew McConaughey was named the Best Actor for the role in “Dallas Buyers Club” beating Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Dern and Chiwetel Ejiofor, while Cate Blanchett got her second Oscar and was honoured the Best Actress. Nobody was as surprised as she was when the winner of this category was announced. She was literally shocked and thanked Woody Allen for assigning her for the role in his film “Blue Jasmine”. In her recent interviews Blanchett said that she didn’t expect to get any more leading roles since careers of female actresses seem to be short lived. In her acceptance speech she said: “[There are those] who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the centre are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences want to see them, and in fact, they earn money. The world is round people”.
Spike Jonze’s film “Her” won the Original Screenplay award and “Frozen” was named the Best Animated Feature Film, while “The Great Gatsby” bagged awards for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.
If there were awards in the red carpet gowns category, Cate Blanchett with her stunning Armani Prive embellished gown and Lupita Nyong’o in a beautiful pale blue Prada dress would definitely be the winners, but there were also many other fantastic looks at the ceremony and at super glamorous Vanity Fair after party.
See the best red carpet looks…
… and what celebrities wore after the ceremony at the Vanity Fair party: