Oscars 2014 recap: The best of Ellen & Oscar winners

Oscars 2014 recap (March 2, 2014): Ellen DeGeneres brings light-hearted humor (and pizza!) to the 2014 Academy Awards that were dominated by Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club.

Oscars 2014 recap Ellena and the winnersIt’s Hollywood’s biggest night, the night where dreams come true for a privileged, talented and beautiful few. An Oscar win is something that scarcely anyone will experience, but a night that everyone has dreamed of and practiced. Ellen DeGeneres returned to the Dolby Theater and Academy Award-hosting duties after a seven-year absence saying: “Things are so different now. Last time, for instance, when I was here, Cate Blanchett was nominated. Meryl Streep was nominated … Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated. Martin Scorsese was nominated. … So different.”

Ellen brought her quirky and gentle style of comedy before a crowd who, let’s face it, were mostly going home disappointed. “I want you to know that I love you, and I think you’re talented.  I think you should think of yourselves as winners.  Not all of you, but the people who have won before should think of yourselves as winners.”

And later, DeGeneres, sought to soothe the sting of losing. “Once again, this year they are continuing with the theme of only one winner per category. I don’t think that’s fair, so I brought consolation prizes for the runners-up. I didn’t want anyone to go home not winning something.  Bradley Cooper, I want to give you some Scratch-your-Lotto tickets. We’ll give you some, save some for the other people. Here’s two … and a quarter … I’ll need that back.”

Oscars 2014 Ellen's selfiesI have worked on several TV talk shows, and I have attended the tapings of many others, but I have never seen a host as invested and in tune with his or her audience as Ellen DeGeneres. And that draw was certainly evident tonight.  Ellen DeGeneres with her charm, her candor, and several pizzas, charged a connection between herself, the privileged few inside the Dolby Theater, and the millions of people watching at home.

My Favorite Speech of the Night: Best Supporting Actress winner, Lupita Nyong’o (in a light blue Prada gown with a daring V-neck), who joyfully gushed: “When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child, that no matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.”

Best Red Carpet Moment: Jennifer Lawrence, (in a red Dior peplum dress) to Lara Spencer on not repeating last year’s stair stumble: “This year, I actually did a stair test out on the back staircase, got myself a little dusty.  So it worked…for then. But, I did trip over a cone…so I guess, I’m not safe.”
Word of Lawrence’s stumble traveled fast. In her monologue, DeGeneres teased, “If you win tonight, I think we should bring you the Oscar.  I don’t wanna risk…”

 Outfit Fail: Liza Minnelli in her blue braless pantsuit, and Whoopi Goldberg who paired the Pirate Shirt from the infamous Seinfeld episode with a black maxi dress that I saw at Express.

Best Presenting Duo: Jamie Foxx and Jessica Biel for Best Musical Score.  Jamie’s launch into music from Chariots of Fire was hilarious and reminds us that he was a great comedian long before he was an Academy Award winner.

Presenter Fail: C’mon John Travolta.  Idina Menzel isn’t that hard to pronounce.  You only had to practice one name.

Complete list of Oscar Nominees 2014
* winner in Bold

Best Picture
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
The Wolf of Wall Street
12 Years a Slave

Best Actor
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Best Actress
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Animated Feature Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises

Best Foreign Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium
The Great Beauty, Italy
The Hunt, Denmark
The Missing Picture, Cambodia
Omar, Palestine

Best Original Screenplay
American Hustle, Eric Singer and David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen
Dallas Buyers Club, Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack
Her, Spike Jonze
Nebraska, Bob Nelson

Best Adapted Screenplay
Before Midnight, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
Captain Phillips, Billy Ray
Philomena, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
12 Years a Slave, John Ridley
The Wolf of Wall Street, Terence Winter

Best Original Score
The Book Thief
Saving Mr. Banks

Best Original Song
“Happy,” from Despicable Me 2
“Let It Go,” from Frozen
“The Moon Song,” from Her
“Ordinary Love,” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Best Cinematography
The Grandmaster
Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Costume Design
American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
12 Years a Slave

Best Documentary Feature
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet from Stardom

Best Documentary Short Subject
Facing Fear
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Best Film Editing
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger

Best Production Design
American Hustle
The Great Gatsby
12 Years a Slave

Best Animated Short Film
Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Room on the Broom

Best Live-Action Short Film
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem

Best Sound Editing
All Is Lost
Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lone Survivor

Best Sound Mixing
Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor

Best Visual Effects
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness

Images from broadcast: Credit: ABC