By Jordan and Eddie
Another year done and dusted on the Awards Circuit, celebs can breathe a sly of relief and we can go back to watching popcorn fluff until awards contenders come around again. Yesterday in what was an easy going and very watchable ceremony Gravity and 12 Years a Slave walked away triumphant and therefore last year was rightfully rewarded with 2 brave and unique films forever to be known as the best of the best of 2013.
Below we both quickly give our overview of the Awards and also importantly check in on who predicted the highest number of correct award wins out of us both. A paid for meal for the winner and a more empty pocket for the loser to follow.
Final Oscars Tally – J and E’s Predictions vs Results
Hollywood’s finest may of been batteling it out in the Dolby Theatre, but Jordan and Eddie had more than pride riding on the line with our Oscar Predictions. So who got it right more often than not and took home the crown of chief Awards Predictor? See results below!
As the Awards drew to a close the final tally for correct guesses out of the 24 categories were – Jordan with 9/24 and Eddie with 18/24, consequently Eddie can now bask in his win and think upon his meal.
To go along with this Eddie’s prediction of a Gravity tech clean up proved correct guessing the right on the money 7 wins for the space extravaganza and the correct totals for runners up 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club with 3 each. We can all breathe a sigh of relief that thankfully American Hustle was shunned completely and the fantastic Her got just rewards with a win in best original screenplay.
Eddie – 12 Years a Slave pulling off the ultimate victory was a great finale while the well deserved clean up by Gravity is a fine reward for a technically marvelous film. American Hustle’s shutout warms the cockles of the heart.
In a ceremony sense what could beat that selfie? The pizza ordering was funny for a while also.
Jordan – 12 Years a Slave taking out the big prize was truly a correct decision; it’s a terrifically powerful film mounted by an unflappable professional and featuring brave, rounded performance from a talented cast, including deserving Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o. Both decisions being the highlights in my eyes.
Eddie – John Travolta looking like a piece of plastic and totally failing at introducing the rendition of Let it Go comes atop whilst the in memoriam section of the awards has become a little bit lacklustre and the people concerned deserve a little more of a send off.
Jordan – The great George C. Scott, upon being nominated (and subsequently awarded with) an Oscar for his outstanding performance in Patton stated that the Academy Awards “ceremonies are a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons.” Although I’m sure my opinion will lighten in the coming days, at the moment I believe he was correct bar one thing; there is in fact no suspense, unless you count the moments of waiting patiently until the next disappointment arrives.
What ignited this fleeting anger? Thomas Vinterberg’s emotionally devastating, impeccably crafted drama The Hunt not winning Best Foreign Language Film. The masses may dismiss this category, but those who enjoy cinema beyond the spectacle should agree with me that it is one of the most important. Too bad the credibility of the ceremony in this regard is now dashed.
Also, I’m not sure exactly what Fassbender has to do in order to finally be recognized…
The Best Speech
Eddie – Really nothing comes close to Lupita Nyong’o, her speech was full of grace, humility and smarts and was virtually the quintessential acceptance speech. Here’s to a long career in Hollywood young lady!
Jordan – See above… I had goosebumps and a tear in my eye listening to Nyong’o also. I always appreciate the enthusiasm and sheer happiness that shines from first time winners in the short film categories, especially in this case Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares for Mr. Hublot.
The Worst Speech
Eddie – cant say the Awards night was full of great speeches but it certainly had its fair share of average ones. The cream of the crop was the cringe worthy Darlene Love belting out a very awkward rendition of a gospel song “His Eye is on the Sparrow” when accepting the 20 feet From Stardom win for best documentary whilst the stars of Dallas Buyers Club in McConaughey and Leto seem to be wafting a little in their own self importance in particular the normally loveable McConaughty who admitted that he is his own personal hero hmmmmmmmm.
Jordan – Again, see above… she sings because she’s happy, but man it was just off. Still, good on her for trying.
The Biggest Surprise
Eddie – Without a doubt a tie with The Hunt losing out in the Foreign category to the overblown Great Beauty and the fantastically original The Act of Killing losing out to the more predictable and safe 20 Feet From Stardom in the Best Documentary Feature.
Jordan – It may not be the biggest surprise, and I’m sure that many (including Eddie) are happy with the call, but considering the immense use of technical FX I still found Alfonso Cuarón’s win for best director for Gravity a shock. Of course, while I think Steve McQueen was more deserving, I take nothing away from Cuarón’s work and I’m sure McQueen has even greater work ahead of him for future nominations.
The Host Rating
Eddie – Not side splittingly funny but never unbearable DeGeneres did a fine job as host and despite spruiking Samsung one to many times should be given a golf clap for her entertaining work on the night.
Jordan – Ellen DeGeneres has an immediate and very apparent charm that is perfectly suited to hosting major events, still though, the short tribute to one of America’s finest in Steve Martin has only left me thinking that I’d love to see him or another film legend have another crack sometime soon. Overall, a solid but uninspired effort.
How did you feel about the Awards? Was it just rewards or did the Academy get it wrong? And who wants pizza? Let us know in the comments below!