Well, the 2014 Oscars are history and the offensive Seth MacFarlane hosting era has been replaced by the bland Ellen Degeneres hosting era. In the Nerd Categories, FROZEN won best animated film, and Mr. Hublot by Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares (above) won Best Animated Short, a big upset for those who went with Torsten’s voting guide.This steampunky French offering looks great, though, but then so do all the nominees these days.
The SF film GRAVITY, a favorite at Stately Beat Manor, won best visual effects, cinematography (another snub for the great Roger Deakins!), editing, directing, score and the two twin sound awards, sound mixing and sound editing.
Other than that, perhaps what this year’s Oscars will be remembered for is Degeneres ordering three pizzas and handing out slices to the front row of Hollywood superstars. I thought this bit was excruciating, and it resulted in horrible things like this:
People do not watch the Oscar to see Brad Pitt eating pizza just like the rest of us! They watch them to see movie stars looking supernal and glamourous. All I could think was grease spills on Vera Wang, and that is not a pleasant thought. Plus, what if someone didn’t want to eat their pizza? Did they just put the plate under their chair and have to sit there with cold pizza underfoot? Ugh.
To take your mind off that, here is a picture of Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron looking supernal and glamourous. Not eating pizza.
Other odd moments:
Pharrell’s hat is really a thing now.
John Travolta was concentrating so hard at keeping his hair on that he called Idina Menzel by the name “Adele Dazi.”
Liza Minelli hug-bombed Lupita Nyong’o.
Benedict Cumberbatch proved he is the king of Tumblr by photo bombing U2.
And then there was the Steve McQueen/John Ridley feud. Neither the winning director of 12 Years a Slave, McQueen, not the winning screenwriter, Ridley, thanked each other, and they avoided one another on stage. McQueen’s half hearted clapping when Ridley won—and Ridley’s look of disdain as he passed McQueen—was brutal.
Ridley—who spent some time writing comics, including The American Way for Wildstorm—is known as an opinionated guy. According to Nikki Finke, the feud stems from a disagreement over the credits for the screenplay.
Oh well, let’s forget about unpleasantness and think about how we can get Joseph Gordon Levitt and Emma Watson to star in a comic book movie together.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.