A 86-a ediție a Premiilor Academiei Americane de Film a avut loc pe 3 martie 2014 la Dolby Theatre din Hollywood, Los Angeles. Cele mai importante premii au fost câștigate de 12 years of slave (Best picture), Gravity (7 Oscaruri, inclusiv pentru Best Director – Alfonso Cuarón), Cate Blanchett și Matthew McConaughey (Leading Role), Lupita Nyong’o și Jared Leto (Supportive Role).Gazda serii a fost Ellen DeGeneres, fiind o prezență simpatică și amuzantă.

Ellen DeGeneres – Opens The Oscars 2014

Ceremonia a început în forță, cu premiul Best Actor in a Supportive Role, acordat lui Jared Leto pentru rolul din Dallas Buyers Club. Momentul lui Jeto a bifat toate aspectele importante ale unui bun discurs de Oscar – povestea emoționantă (relația specială cu familia sa), situația politică din Ucraina și Venezuela, referințe la subiectul filmului – persoanele afectate de SIDA, mesajul motivațional, asumarea poziției sale de role model. Simplu, frumos, elegant. De altfel, pe twitter, folosind hashtagul #OscarsForVenezuela, protestatarii și ziariștii au rugat actorii nominalizați să atragă atenția asupra evenimentelor din Venezuela.

Incredible. Ellen, I love you. To my fellow nominees, I’m so proud to share this journey with you. I’m in awe and have so much respect for you all. To the Academy, thank you. 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. To my brother, Shannon, the best big brother in the world, you’re a true artist. Thank you so much for sharing this insane and amazing adventure that is 30 Seconds to Mars, and for being my best friend. I love you. Thank you. To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here and as you struggle to… to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible… We’re thinking of you tonight. And this is, is incredibly special as well because there’s so many people that helped me get here. And I just want to say thank you to Focus Features, to Mick Sullivan, to Jim Toth, to Jason Weinberg, to Emma Ludbrook, to Kelly Adams, to the entire Dallas Buyers Club team. Matthew, I love. Jean-Marc. And this for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS and to those of you out there who have ever felt injustice because of who you are or who you love, tonight I stand here in front of the world with you and for you. Thank you so much and goodnight.

Unul dintre cele mai interesante momente ale serii a fost selfie-ul făcut de Ellen, împreună cu Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey și Jared Leto. În trei minute, selfie-ul a fost redistribuit pe twitter de peste 100.000 de ori, iar în mai puțin de o oră a depășit recordul anterior, tweet-ul lui Barack Obama după câștigarea alegerilor din 2012.

Nu sunt o fană a actriței Jeniffer Lawrence, dar cred că rolul său din American Hustle a fost demn de nominalizare. Deși eram destul de convinsă că nu prea are cum să piardă Oscarul, m-am bucurat sincer când am auzit numele Lupitei Nyong’o. Nu numai că rolul său este unul remarcabil, dar Lupita a fost o apariție elegantă și delicată la toate galele de film de anul acesta.

Yes! Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. 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. (…) When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from your dreams are valid. Thank you.

Whoopi Goldberg a prezentat un moment special, un omagiu minunatului Wizard of Oz, aflat la a 75-a aniversare. Celebrul Somewhere Over the Rainbow a fost interpretat superb de P!nk.

Fără îndoială, categoria Best Actress in a Leading Role a fost una dintre cele mai interesante – Amy Davis, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench și Meryl Streep, toate având roluri și interpretări demne de Oscar. Deși o ador pe Cate, iar rolul ei din Blue Jasmine este minunat, mi-am dorit destul de mult ca Judi Dench să câștige. Rolul ei din Philomena este incredibil. Cate a câștigat însă, iar discursul ei a atras atenția asupra filmelor despre femei.

For so bravely and intelligently distributing the film and to the audiences who went to see it and perhaps those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people.

Fac parte din categoria celor care au crezut în faptul că Leonardo di Caprio merita Oscarul. Nu pentru că este unul dintre puținii mari actori fără statuetă, ci pentru rolul său din The Wolf of Wall Street a fost unul de excepție. Dar sunt convinsă că Matthew McConaughey merită și m-a bucurat faptul că a câștigat, mai ales că a avut, poate, cel mai bun discurs de acceptare a premiului.

Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you to the Academy for this–all 6,000 members. Thank you to the other nominees. All these performances were impeccable in my opinion. I didn’t see a false note anywhere. I want to thank Jean-Marc Vallée, our director. Want to thank Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, who I worked with daily.

There’s a few things, about three things to my account that I need each day. One of them is something to look up to, another is something to look forward to, and another is someone to chase. Now, first off, I want to thank God. ‘Cause that’s who I look up to. He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand. He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late Charlie Laughton, who said, “When you’ve got God, you got a friend. And that friend is you.”

To my family, that who and what I look forward to. To my father who, I know he’s up there right now with a big pot of gumbo. He’s got a lemon meringue pie over there. He’s probably in his underwear. And he’s got a cold can of Miller Lite and he’s dancing right now. To you, Dad, you taught me what it means to be a man. To my mother who’s here tonight, who taught me and my two older brothers… demanded that we respect ourselves. And what we in turn learned was that we were then better able to respect others. Thank you for that, Mama. To my wife, Camila, and my kids Levi, Vida and Mr. Stone, the courage and significance you give me every day I go out the door is unparalleled. You are the four people in my life that I want to make the most proud of me. Thank you.

And to my hero. That’s who I chase. Now when I was 15 years old, I had a very important person in my life come to me and say “who’s your hero?” And I said, “I don’t know, I gotta think about that. Give me a couple of weeks.” I come back two weeks later, this person comes up and says “who’s your hero?” I said, “I thought about it. You know who it is? It’s me in 10 years.” So I turned 25. Ten years later, that same person comes to me and says, “So, are you a hero?” And I was like, “not even close. No, no, no.” She said, “Why?” I said, “Because my hero’s me at 35.” So you see every day, every week, every month and every year of my life, my hero’s always 10 years away. I’m never gonna be my hero. I’m not gonna attain that. I know I’m not, and that’s just fine with me because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing.

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.

Dincolo de glamour, nominalizări și premii, Oscarul înseamnă un mecanism interesant demn de analizat. De la sistemul de nominalizare până a raționamentele din spatele voturilor pentru oferirea premiilor, de la industria fashion până la rețele de succes ale filmelor câștigătoare, Premiile Academiei Americane de Film rămân cele mai controversate și celebre premii din industria internațională de film.

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