86th Annual Academy Awards Results and Commentary (2014)

  • Date of Ceremony: Sunday, March 2, 2014
  • For films released in: 2013
  • Host(s): Ellen DeGeneres (video)
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Welcome to DigitalHit.com’s coverage of the 86th Annual Academy Awards.

8:30 PM

And we’re off! Ellen DeGeneres walks out to welcome us to the ceremony. “One of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators is here,” she says, pointing to the real Liza. “Good job, sir.”

“Think of yourselves as winners. Not all of you, but those who have won before.”

8:39 PM

Tonight’s first presenter is Anne Hathaway, who is here to award Best Actor in a Supporting Role. And the Oscar goes to Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club.

“In 1971, Bossier City, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard and to do something special. That girl is my mother and she’s here tonight. And I just want to say, I love you, Mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream.” – Jared Leto

8:46 PM

Jim Carrey is out next to present a clip package for animation.

8:50 PM

Kerry Washington introduces a performance of the nominated song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

8:57 PM

Samuel L. Jackson and Naomi Watts are here to present the award for Costume Design. And the Oscar goes to Catherine Martin for The Great Gatsby.

“There are two people I have to thank very, very specially — Kerry Thompson and Silvana Azzi Heras and, of course, my incomparable husband, Baz Luhrmann, he makes it all possible. He dreams the dream.” – Catherine Martin

Naomi and Samuel then present Best Makeup and Hairstyling. And the Oscar goes to Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews for Dallas Buyers Club.

“To Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, thank you so much for letting us transform and torture you through a million, bazillion hair and makeup changes a day.” – Robin Mathews

9:03 PM

Harrison Ford introduces the clips for American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street.

9:06 PM

Channing Tatum introduces Team Oscar, a group of young filmmakers.

9:11 PM

Kim Novak and Matthew McConaughey are here to present Best Short Film (Animated). And the Oscar goes to Mr. Hublot’s Lauren Witz and Alexandre Espigares.

“Thank you, the Academy, for this award. Thank you for supporting shorts and new talents. It’s my first movie as director and producer. The first movie of Alexandre as co-director. I feel it’s an American dream.” – Lauren Witz

Matthew and Kim also present Best Animated Feature. And the Oscar goes to Frozen’s Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho.

“…we want to thank each and every person at Walt Disney Animation Studios, our family. We are so proud of you for making the film as magical as it is. And we’re bringing this home to you.” – Peter Del Vecho

9:18 PM

Sally Field presents a clip package about everyday heroes.

9:20 PM

Emma Watson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt present the Oscar for Visual Effects. And the Oscar goes to Gravity’s Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk and Neil Corbould.

“To George Clooney and especially Sandra Bullock for filling our visual effects with life and with emotion. But most of all, to Alfonso Cuarón for having, with Jonás, the vision of this breathtaking film, the audacity to make it happen and the courage to trust us to have such a big part in making it come to life.” – Tim Webber

9:24 PM

Zac Efron introduces a performance of Her’s “The Moon Song” by Karen O.

9:30 PM

Kate Hudson and Jason Sudekis present Best Short Film (Live Action). And the Oscar goes to Helium’s Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson.

“I want to thank the Short Branch for keeping this category in the show. It’s amazing. It’s an amazing window for new talents to show their film.” – Anders Walter

Jason and Kate then present Best Documentary (Short Subject). And the Oscar goes to The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life by Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed. Clarke talks about the film’s subject, Alice Sommer, who died last week at 110.

“She was a woman who taught everyone on my crew to be a little bit more optimistic and a little bit more happy about all the things that were happening in our lives and, see the film, she’ll help you live, I think, a much happier life.” – Malcolm Clarke

9:36 PM

Ellen decides she’ll order pizza for the audience before introducing the next presenter, Bradley Cooper. He’s presenting Documentary Feature. And the Oscar goes to 20 Feet from Stardom’s Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers. The legendary Darlene Love joins them on stage.

“Lord God, I praise you. I am so happy to be here representing the ladies of 20 Feet from Stardom. [sings] ‘I sing because I’m happy! I sing because I’m free. ‘Cause his eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches me.’” – Darlene Love

9:48 PM

Ewan McGregor and Viola Davis are presenting Best Foreign Language Film. And the Oscar goes to Italy’s The Great Beauty.

9:51 PM

Tyler Perry is here to present the clips for Nebraska, Her and Gravity.

9:54 PM

“I’m almost embarrassed to introduce this man because he needs no introduction, “ says Ellen as she introduces Brad Pitt. Pitt, in turn intros a performance by U2.

10:02 PM

Ellen takes a selfie with Liza and then Meryl Streep and a gaggle of stars, hoping to break a retweet record.

10:04 PM

Michael B. Jordan and Kristen Bell talk about the Scientific and Technical Awards that they hosted previously.

10:06 PM

Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth are presenting the sound awards. First up is Best Sound Mixing. And the Oscar goes to Gravity’s Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro.

“And, of course, Sandra and George for bringing reality to the unreal. Chris and Niv would like to thank their families for bringing us all down to Earth. And right now, we’re over the moon.” – Chris Munro

Charlize and Chris then present Best Sound Editing. And the Oscar goes to Gravity’s Glenn Freemantle.

“Obviously I’d like to thank Alfonso Cuarón for an amazing film, absolutely amazing film. Then the reason why I’m here is because he gave us such a great opportunity, all of us, and he brought us all together and he pushed us and he pushed us right into the middle of the night, sometimes longer, but it’s brilliant. And also I’d like to thank my crew, obviously, they worked so hard.” – Glenn Freemantle

10:11 PM

Christoph Waltz is presenting Best Actress in a Supporting Role. And the Oscar goes to 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o.

“It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own. Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position. This has been the joy of my life. I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and watching and they are grateful and so am I.” – Lupita Nyong’o

10:21 PM

Ellen stuns a pizza delivery guy, who thinks that he was going backstage but was brought out into the theater to hand out slices to the stars.

10:24 PM

Ellen intros the Academy President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who talks about the daily work of the Academy in efforts of preservation and film history.

10:26 PM

Amy Adams and Bill Murray are out next to present Best Cinematography. Bill mentions the late Harold Ramis before announcing the winner is Gravity’s Emmanuel Lubezki.

“I would like to share this with the cast and crew. I know everybody says that. But I truly want to share it with the cast and crew, especially with my friend and my teacher, Mr. Alfonso Cuarón. To your passion and your creativity and your drive, I mean, incredible. And with Tim Webber and the team of Framestore nerds that made this trip possible.” – Emmanuel Lubezki

10:30 PM

Anna Kendrick and Gabourey Sidibe are presenting the hardware for Best Film Editing. And the Oscar goes to Gravity’s Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger.

“There is no greater accolade than to be recognized by those who inspire you, and by that I mean, you sir, my fellow nominees and the Academy, thank you very much indeed.” – Mark Sanger

10:33 PM

Whoopi Goldberg talks about how The Wizard of Oz used to come on each year at Thanksgiving before signalling to her children in the audience: Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft. She then introduces a performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Pink.

10:43 PM

Ellen runs out in a Good Witch dress and introduces Jennifer Garner and Benedict Cumberbatch. They’re presenting Best Production Design. And the Oscar goes to The Great Gatsby’s Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn.

“Thank you to our fellow nominees. We were among a great group of people. I accept this award on behalf of the truly many technicians who fall under the umbrella of the art department. And believe you me, on Gatsby, there were many, many very talented technicians who worked on the film.” – Beverley Dunn

10:46 PM

Chris Evans introduces a clip package of movie heroes.

10:53 PM

Glenn Close presents the In Memoriam segment. Bette Midler then sings “Wind Beneath My Wings”.

11:05 PM

Ellen announces they crashed Twitter with their mega-selfie. Goldie Hawn then introduces clips for Philomena, Captain Phillips, and 12 Years a Slave.

11:09 PM

John Travolta introduces a performance by Frozen’s Idina Menzel of “Let It Go”. Travolta totally messes up her name — it sounded like he said “Adele Nazeem” — so Ellen says it twice when Idina finishes.

11:12 PM

Jamie Foxx and Jessica Biel are presenting Best Original Score. And the Oscar goes to Gravity’s Steven Price.

“ Alfonso, I share this with you. You inspired every frame of this film and certainly every note that I ever wrote. Thank you for this remarkable opportunity. To all the musicians and friends who lent their talents to this score, thank you. I get to stand here, but this really belongs to all of us.” – Steven Price

Foxx and Biel then present Best Song. And the Oscar goes to Frozen’s “Let It Go” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. They sing their thanks to their Frozen collaborators but then thank their daughters.

“Katie and Annie. This song is inspired by our love for you and the hope that you never let fear or shame keep you from celebrating the unique people that you are. Thank you, we love you.” – Kristen Anderson-Lopez

11:24 PM

Robert De Niro and Penelope Cruz are presenting Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay). And the Oscar goes to 12 Years a Slave’s John Ridley.

“I started writing in sitcoms a long time ago. And at that time I was very fortunate to meet a script coordinator who was gracious enough to read everything I wrote. And when she thought it was ready, she put a smiling face at the end and I knew that it was job done. And, Gayle, seeing you here tonight, smiling, you take away all that soul-crushing inadequacy. All the praise goes to Solomon Northup. Those are his words. That is his life.” – John Ridley

Robert and Penelope then present Best Writing (Original Screenplay). And the Oscar goes to Her’s Spike Jonze.

“We made a movie about relationships and intimacy and that’s what we share together, and so this is for all of us up here. And thank you guys for this.” – Spike Jonze

11:32 PM

Angelina Jolie and Sidney Poitier, who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his historic Oscar win, are presenting Best Director. And the Oscar goes to Gravity’s Alfonso Cuarón.

“Like any other human endeavor, making a film can be a transformative experience, and I want to thank Gravity because for many of us involved in this film, it was definitely a transformative experience. And it’s good, because it took so long that if not, it would be like a waste of time. What really sucks is that for a lot of these people, that transformation was wisdom; for me, it was just the color of my hair.” – Alfonso Cuarón

11:38 PM

Ellen tries to end the show but is advised there are still more categories.

11:41 PM

Daniel Day-Lewis is here to present Best Actress. And the Oscar goes to Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine.

“Thank you, Mr. Day-Lewis, from you it exacerbates this honor to and it blows it right out of the ballpark. Thank you so much to the Academy. As random and as subjective as this award is, it means a great deal in a year of extraordinary, yet again, extraordinary performances by women. Amy Adams, everything you do, but your performance in American Hustle blew my mind. And Meryl, what can I say? Sandra, I could watch that performance to the end of time, and I sort of felt like I had. Julia, hashtag suckit. You know what I mean? And Judi Dench, I mean what a career. She’s not here tonight because at the age of 79, her film was so successful that she’s in India doing a sequel. I mean what a career that is, if I could hope.” – Cate Blanchett

11:49 PM

Jennifer Lawrence strolls out, trip-free, to present Best Actor. And the Oscar goes to Matthew McConaughey for his work on Dallas Buyers Club.

“So, to any of us, whatever those things are, whatever it is we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to, and whoever it is we’re chasing, to that I say, ‘Amen.’ To that I say, ‘Alright, alright, alright.’ To that I say ‘just keep living.’ Thank you.” – Matthew McConaughey

11:55 PM

Will Smith is presenting the night’s last award. And the Oscar goes to 12 Years a Slave and its producers: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas.

“The last word: everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup. I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery. And the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today. Thank you very much. Thank you.” – Steve McQueen

12:02 AM

That’s all folks.

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