I guess I have some explaining to do.
I kinda didn’t get all of the films nominated for Best Picture quite watched before the big event, nor did I post reviews of all of them. Work demands so much of my time and other stuff in life is a little more important, yada yada yada, you know the drill.
I’ll just put it this way. I did, with all honestly, nail all of the big awards and agreed with the choices. 12 Years a Slave was the clear best film of the year. I was glad that it came out today on Blu-ray and it is already in my library to be watched again. McConaughey and Leto were dynamite in Dallas Buyers Club. The film was very moving and very well written and directed. Like I said in my review of Blue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett just blew everyone out of the water with that performance and I would have given it to her with no further debate. Lupita Nyong’o as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave is probably one of the greatest breakout supporting role performances of all time, her acting in this film is so spot on and you feel for the struggle of her and everyone else in this film.
The only surprise of the night was the Best Director Oscar, which went to Spike Jonze for Her. I loved the film, but totally didn’t expect it to win, I so thought that Steve McQueen was going to win that one. But, you know, that’s the great thing about awards, sometimes people actually get it right and impress others with the decisions.
Of course, there are always naysayers out there, and I’ve disagreed with the Academy in the past <coughTheSocialNetworkcough>, but at least I can agree with them this year.