We, at AWSUSA, love Hollywood! So it wasn’t a surprise that most of us were glued to the screens for Oscar night. Ellen Degeneres’ jokes had us laughing in splits – she did a wonderful job. The selfie and the pizza delivery guy added a humane touch to the event.
Here is a summary of the main winners with a brief intro from the AWSUSA team:
1. Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
The movie revolves around Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. For the next 12 years, he fights abuse and struggles to reclaim his dignity. Later, his meeting with Brad Pitt’s abolitionist character will change his life forever.
2. Best Actor In A Leading Role: Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey’s star turn as an HIV-positive hustler who has only 30 days to live is a revelation. His search for a life-saving drug forms the crux of the movie. Easily his best ever performance.
3. Best Actress In A Leading Role: Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett plays a socialite in ruins who returns to her estranged sister in the hope of rebuilding her life. But things don’t go too well for her and the people around. There were rumors that Cate would be robbed of a win after sexual allegations against Director Woody Allen surfaced yet again. But we are glad she won because it’s rightfully hers!
4. Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto
Known for accepting challenging roles, Jared Leto lost a lot of weight to portray a convincing HIV+ transsexual in Dallas Buyers Club. He gave a convincing performance – no wonder he walked away with the Oscar win!
5. Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o
Born in Mexico, raised in Kenya and educated in America. Lupita Nyong’o sure lived an eventful life. 12 Years A Slave is Lupita’s first ever Hollywood movie and her performance packed a punch to make her a worthy winner. Watch out for more of her – her movie Non-Stop has already hit theaters.
6. Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Gravity grossed more than $700 million worldwide and counting. A spectacular movie, Alfonso Cuarón capable direction ensured that the movie was a cut above the rest. The movie won 7 Oscars, including Best Original Score and Best Film Editing.
We end this article looking forward to more exciting stuff from Hollywood in 2014!