So the Oscars are over for another year. Some of the winners are below, and I will also give you my take on who had the best red carpet dress (if you can’t figure it out from the image on the right) and throw in a pic of Captain America for good measure.
Although everyone knows Guardians of the Galaxy was the best picture of 2014 it was inexplicably not nominated. I have to admit the only Best Picture nominee I saw was The Imitation Game, which was fantastic, but it lost out to Birdman.
The Actress in a Leading Role Oscar went to Julianne Moore for Still Alice. Eddie Redmayne won the Actor in a Leading Role award for The Theory of Everything. The Actress in a Supporting Role winner was Patricia Arquette, for her role in Boyhood. J. K. Simmons took home the Actor in a Supporting Role award for Whiplash.
The winner for Animated Feature Film was Big Hero 6.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was nominated for Sound Editing, but the award went to American Sniper. How The Hobbit missed being nominated for Makeup and Hairstyling or for Costume Design is beyond me. (Remember when Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won the Best Picture Oscar, in the process sweeping all 11 categories it was nominated in? That was 2004.)
The Imitation Game won one Oscar, in the Writing: Adapted Screenplay category. Birdman won for Writing: Original Screenplay.
Guardians was nominated for Makeup and Hairstyling and Visual Effects but lost to The Grand Budapest Hotel in the Makeup category and Interstellar in Visual Effects. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was also nominated for Visual Effects, and although it didn’t win star Chris Evans was looking pretty dapper in his Gucci tux while presenting tonight, so there’s that.
You can see the list of all the nominees and winners on the official Oscar website.
And now – drum roll, please – in my humble opinion, although I’m a person who has no clue why designers are important or why we should care about haute couture, the best outfit of the night was Thranduil’s. Sorry, I mean Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike, who wore a red Givenchy number. Honorable Mention goes to Karolina Kurkova, who wore a white Marchesa.
As fun as it is to see all the pretty dresses, there were a couple of more important things happening – for one, a Twitter hashtag #AskHerMore to encourage the red carpet hosts to ask the ladies about more than just which designer they were wearing. And then there was Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette, who called for equal pay and equal rights for women in America in her acceptance speech. Meryl Streep’s reaction was priceless.
Image: Rosamund Pike via eonline.com, Chris Evans via nytimes.com