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The 2014 Academy Awards have spoken: '12 Years a Slave' will go down in film history as the Best Picture of the year.
In total, '12 Years of Slave' won an Oscar for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o). 'Gravity' played clean-up crew, acquiring a grand total of 7 awards (the most of any film), sweeping most every technical category the awards had to offer. Most notable win for 'Gravity' (to my mind) was twofold: Film Editing and Best Director.
While 12 Years and Gravity did end up taking a majority of the awards and accolade for the night, 'Dallas Buyers Club' did quite well too, in the acting department. Matthew McConaughey won for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Impressive for him to win on his first ever nomination, especially when I really thought that DiCaprio would be a shoe in with 'The Wolf of Wall Street'. Jared Leto also won for 'Dallas Buyer's Club', with Best Supporting Actor. Another well-deserved win there.
My personal favorite of the year, 'Her', did end up winning for Best Original Screenplay. Spike Jonze both wrote and directed the film. 'Her' is very high concept material; its amazing to me that the end product came out so brilliantly executed. The production team could have so easily fumbled the ball in several ways with the project. But, having a strong script is paramount to any film. Clearly, he deserved that win.
Did your favorite movie of the year get completely ignored? Or were you happy with 12 Years winning Best Picture? ... I still think they left out some good ones: Iron Man 3, Hunger Games 2... Blockbusters can still be quality movies.