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Cinema ian 3/4/2014

With the after-parties having now passed in a fading fizz of Berocca here’s our Academy Awards wrap up. We will resist remarking that the Best Actor Oscar goes to Pistorius for his role in Not Guilty Your Lady and move on to Hollywood and the statuettes…

Firstly, the Biggest Loser was American Hustle with zero wins from 10 nominations. Dissecting category by category I can see why, but it is an excellent film deserving the nominations at least.

Great Aussie wins (both expected) for Catherine Martin in costuming and design for The Great Gatsby and to Cate Blanchett for Best Actress in Blue Jasmine.

The winner of the Best Picture (also expected) was 12 Years a Slave. Seven gongs went to Gravity including Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón ). They should give it another kick along at the box office where Sandra Bullock has already picked up $50million on top of her $20million fee for cutting a 15% of the takings deal. Dallas Buyers Club did well with three Oscars including well-deserved Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey and Best Supporting Actor to Jared Leto. The Best Supporting Actress Oscar went to Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave. Her (Spike Jonze) won Best Screenplay, which puts that one on my list for this weekend.

The other winner, for mine, was host Ellen Degeneres. Hosting the Oscars is the world’s toughest hosting job and she breezed through it with warmth and charm rather than hard edge humour and controversy. I liked her line in the opening monologues - "You’re all winners... Well, not all of you. Those of you who’ve won awards..." and how nice that ordering a pizza tag was a real pizza delivery guy and not an actor. What a thrill for Edgar who thought he was delivering backstage to the show's writers - not only did he get to mingle with the front row stars and get an advert in front of millions of viewers, he also took a $1000 tip back to share with the other workers!

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