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Photo-bombing Favourites by Linh

Forget planking or twerking because photo-bombing at random is the latest trend and fun way to get attention on social media. During the Oscars red carpet arrivals, backstage and in the Green Room, the glamourous and the well-groomed let out their quirky side and were captured photo-bombing unsuspecting celebrities. It is all done in jest and nobody gets physically or emotionally hurt, but there is guaranteed laughter after discovering one has been photo-bombed. The two most prominent photo-bombers during this year’s Oscars are Benedict Cumberbatch and Jared Leto. Benedict’s photo-bombing was so popular that it became a social media meme featuring The Beatles and a bookmark. Below are a few of the funniest and best photo-bombing moments during the 2014 Oscars.

Benedict Cumberbatch photo-bombs U2 on the red carpet at the 86th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday 2 March 2014 in Hollywood, California. Image: Twitter.


Benedict Cumberbatch photo-bombs U2 on the red carpet at the 86th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday 2 March 2014 in Hollywood, California. Image: Twitter.


Benedict Cumberbatch's photo-bombing of U2 at the 2014 Oscars sparks creative memes on social media such as this one with The Beatles. Image: Twitter.


Benedict Cumberbatch's photo-bombing of U2 at the 2014 Oscars sparks creative responses on social media such as this bookmark one by Chronicle Books. Image: Twitter.


Jared Leto photo-bombs Ireland Baldwin, Kevin Spacey and Nancy O'Dell on the red carpet at the 2014 Oscars on Sunday 2 March 2014 in Hollywood, California. Image: Twitter.


Jared Leto photo-bombs Anne Hathaway at the post-Oscars party. Image: Twitter.


Jared Leto photo-bombs Anne Hathaway at the post-Oscars party. Image: Twitter.


Jared Leto photo-bombs Anne Hathaway at the post-Oscars party. Image: Twitter.


Anne Hathaway photo-bombs Jessica Biel backstage at the 2014 Oscars. Image: Twitter.


Lupita Nyong'o photo-bombs Jared Leto backstage at the 2014 Oscars. Image: Twitter.
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VICTORS: Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto backstage in the press room during the Oscars at Loews Hollywood Hotel on Sunday 2 March 2014 in Hollywood, California. Image: Jason Merritt/Getty Images.


Versatile Victors by Linh

The Academy Awards ceremony, Hollywood’s biggest night that honours and recognises many of the industry’s best actors, directors, screenwriters and producers, also signals the end of awards season for 2014. Second-time host Ellen DeGeneres helmed the ceremony’s proceedings with inoffensive and audience-friendly jokes. The winners and non-winners this year are from diverse performing backgrounds, with first-time nominees outnumbering past winners and more independent films were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

The results for many of the categories were correctly predicted by some film critics and fans, while there were some surprise winners on the night. As expected, Gravity was the big winner with seven Oscar wins followed by 12 Years A Slave and Dallas Buyers Club with three Oscars each. The Best Picture Oscar was a tussle between the cinematic spectacle Gravity and the historical biographical drama 12 Years A Slave, with the latter taking the honours. Interestingly, this is the second film in a row that won an Oscar for Best Picture in which Canadians rescued Americans. Last year’s Best Picture winner Argo also featured Canadians saving Americans, in a storyline where a Canadian ambassador hid a group of Americans in his home and successfully smuggled them safely out of Iran. In 12 Years A Slave, the lead character, Solomon Northup, relied upon the generosity of a Canadian abolitionist to free him from slavery and reunite him with his family.

A recurring theme for many of the nominees, are the film’s storyline being based on true events or real-life people living or dead. Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years A Slave, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Philomena, American Hustle and Captain Phillips were all nominated in the Best Picture category and are adaptations of stories based on true events or real-life people. Judging by the popularity and critical praise for such films, it may become a trend or Oscar-bait in which film-makers seek to adapt stories from biographical books and old newspaper- archived stories rather than create an original story for their films.

It was a big night for Australians as Cate Blanchett won her second Oscar and her first Best Leading Actress Oscar for the film Blue Jasmine; Catherine Martin won two awards on the night, one for Best Costume Design and another for Best Production Design with fellow Aussie Beverley Dunn, both for the film The Great Gatsby.
It was an emotional night for first-time nominee and first-time Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o whose performance as Patsey in the film 12 Years A Slave earned her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Lupita’s acceptance speech was moving and inspirational with her words “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.” becoming a heavily shared meme on social media.

The complete *list of winners:
Tally Board:


7 Oscars; Gravity:

Alfonso Cuarón - Best Directing

Emmanuel Lubezki – Best Cinematography

Steven Price - Best Original Music Score

Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger - Best Film Editing

Glenn Freemantle - Best Sound Editing

Neil Corbould, David Shirk, Chris Lawrence, Timothy Webber - Best Visual Effects

Chris Munro, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Skip Lievsay - Best Sound Mixing

Alfonso Cuaron accepts the Best Achievement in Directing award for the film Gravity, onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday 2 March 2014 in Hollywood, California. Image: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.


3 Oscars; 12 Years A Slave:

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Anthony Katagas - Best Picture

Lupita Nyong’o - Best Actress in a Supporting Role

John Ridley - Best Adapted Screenplay

Lupita Nyong'o accepts the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role award for the film 12 Years a Slave onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday 2 March 2014 in Hollywood, California. Image: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.



3 Oscars; Dallas Buyers Club:

Matthew McConaughey - Best Actor in a Leading Role
Jared Leto – Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews - Best Makeup and Hairstyling


2 Oscars; The Great Gatsby:

Catherine Martin - Best Costume Design

Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn - Best Production Design

Cate Blanchett accepts the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role award for the film Blue Jasmine onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday 2 March 2014 in Hollywood, California. Image: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.


2 Oscars; Frozen:

Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho - Best Animated Feature Film

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez - Best Original Song called ‘Let It Go’



1 Oscar; Blue Jasmine:

Cate Blanchett - Best Actress in a Leading Role


1 Oscar; Her:

Spike Jonze - Best Original Screenplay

Matthew McConaughey accepts the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role award for the film Dallas Buyers Club onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on 2 March 2014 in Hollywood, California. Image: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.


1 Oscar; The Great Beauty (from Italy):

Paolo Sorrentino – Best Foreign Language Film



20 Feet From Stardom:

Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers - Best Documentary Feature

Jared Leto accepts the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role award for the film Dallas Buyers Club onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday 2 March 2014 in Hollywood, California. Image: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.


Mr Hublot:

Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares - Best Animated Short Film


The Lady In Number Six: Music Saved My Life :
Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed - Best Documentary Short Subject

Helium:

Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson – Best Live Action Short Film

*List courtesy of www.oscars.org

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Academy Awards golden statuette. Courtesy of oscars.org


Musical Musings by Linh

This year’s list of potential winners for Best Original Song consists of four songs that are beautifully sung and written with the themes, narratives and characters of the film as inspiration. I really love all four songs for different reasons but there are only two original songs I believe will win. I have created a list with music videos of the recently announced Oscar nominations for Best Original Song and which songs I think will be likely to take away the little golden statuette this year.

Best Original Song nominations:

‘Happy’ from the film Despicable Me 2. Music and lyrics by Pharrell Williams

The song ‘Happy’, sung by Pharrell Williams, definitely makes me feel happy when I hear it or while watching the music video. The song is a blend of soul, pop and dance music with simple and repetitive lyrics. ‘Happy’ played during the end credits of the animated family film Despicable Me 2, and has been a hit on iTunes and on mainstream music charts. I think ‘Happy’ has a good chance to win but may suffer from listener-fatigue after so many airings on radio and excessively streamed online.

'Happy' sung by Pharrell Williams from the animated family film Despicable Me 2.
Courtesy of PharrellWilliamsVEVO.





‘Let It Go’ from the film Frozen. Music and lyrics by Kristen-Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Frozen is one of my favourite Disney animated films and the songs are beautifully sung by the cast and Christophe Beck’s musical score is brilliantly written. Husband and wife song writing team Robert Lopez and Kristen-Anderson Lopez were responsible for the songs in the film and the Oscar nominated song ‘Let It Go’ is a solo sung by the character Elsa who finally feels liberated and can be herself after many years of hiding her magic. This song has a pop/rock version sung by Demi Lovato, which plays during the end credits. I prefer the musical theatre version sung in the film. I hope the Disney label won’t deter Academy Awards voters away from this emotionally stirring song.

Sing-along version of 'Let It Go' sung by Idina Menzel from the animated family film Frozen.
Courtesy of Walt Disney Animation Studios.





‘The Moon Song’ from the film Her. Music by Karen O. Lyrics by Karen O and Spike Jonze.

The film Her has one of the most bizarre love stories I have seen so far, and the Oscar nominated song ‘The Moon Song’ is sung in the film as a duet with Joaquin Phoenix on guitar and vocals, and Scarlett Johansson on vocals. The song is played again during the end credits with Karen O (Karen Lee Orzolek) on vocals. Karen O wrote the song with Her director Spike Jonze and will perform the song at the Academy Awards broadcast. ‘The Moon Song’ is a love ballad with a jazzy and bluesy sound that is ideal for serenading your lover or for slow-dancing. This song has a strong chance of winning the Oscar but has tough competition against the other nominees.

'The Moon Song' sung by Karen O from the romantic drama film Her.
Courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures.





‘Ordinary Love’ from the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Music by Paul Hewson (Bono), David Evans (The Edge), Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. Lyrics by Paul Hewson (Bono).

‘Ordinary Love’ was a song the rock band U2 wrote to honour Nelson Mandela, and was written especially for the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. This song effectively encapsulates all the qualities Mandela possessed in fighting for his people and believing that love for each other is key to overcoming differences. ‘Ordinary Love’ won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song and is likely to win an Oscar in the same category.

'Ordinary Love' sung by U2 from the biographical drama film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
Courtesy of U2VEVO



MY PICK TO WIN:
'Ordinary Love' sung by U2 or 'Let It Go' sung by Idina Menzel.
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Academy Awards statuettes. Courtesy of oscars.org


Picture Perfect by Linh


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Stellar Supporters by Linh

I think this year’s list of potential winners for Best Actor in a Supporting Role is the most open field out of all the categories this year, where none of the nominees are past winners, and all five actors appear in five different films which are nominated for Best Picture. Therefore, the potential first-timers section is long and the only section of my list. I enjoyed all the actors’ performances, but I think only two of them are most likely to win the Oscar in this category. I have created a list of the recently announced Oscar nominations for the acting categories and which performers I think will be likely to take away the little golden statuette this year


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Leading Lads by Linh

This year’s list of potential winners for Best Actor in a Leading Role is diverse in character roles, acting experience and Oscar award potential. There are two actors I find to be most likely to win the Oscar in this category but I do expect some surprises at the awards ceremony. I have created a list of the recently announced Oscar nominations for the acting categories and which performers I think will be likely to take away the little golden statuette this year


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Superb Supporters by Linh

This year, there are a few first-timers nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award and their performances are well-deserving of the recognition and the win. I have created a list of the recently announced Oscar nominations for the acting categories and which performers I think will be likely to take away the little golden statuette this year.

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Ladies List by Linh

There were some surprises and excitement as the nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards were announced last week. Most were mainstream box-office films but it was also encouraging for smaller production companies, film-makers and fans to see more independent films receiving attention for awards season.

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Poster artwork for the inaugural 2013 British Film Festival in Australia.


British Best by Linh


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2013 Italian Film Festival

September 23rd 2013 05:39
Poster artwork for the 2013 Italian Film Festival.


Classy Cinema by Linh


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