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Similar to last year's Oscars, the 2014 Oscars proved yet again that I have no idea what is going on in the world of film. After watching the Academy Awards, I now have a list of about 20 different movies and short films to watch because they looked so brilliant. Please excuse me as I wave goodbye to the last shred of productivity I had.
Host Ellen DeGeneres brought fun to what could have been another stuffy awards show by being her usual hysterical self and also going around and offering celebrities pizza she got delivered. She is definitely one of a kind. The big winners this year include "12 Years a Slave", "Gravity" and "Dallas Buyers Club." "12 Years a Slave," which is based on the true story of a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery during pre-Civil War United States, won the coveted title of Best Picture. "Gravity" also racked up a grand total of seven Oscars, with director Alfonso Cuaron winning Best Directing.
There were two acceptance speeches this year that truly stuck out to me, and those were by Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto. Lupita won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in the movie "12 Years a Slave," and the entire audience gave her a standing ovation. In her speech, she explained, "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... no matter where you are from, your dreams are valid." This was her feature film debut and she won an Oscar on her first go. In addition to her Oscar nomination, Lupita was nominated for 31 other awards for her role in "12 Years a Slave." This alone speaks wonders for her incredibly performance.
Jared Leto, lead vocalist for 30 Seconds to Mars and also a successful actor, won Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club" as an HIV-positive transgendered woman. In his speech, Leto shed light on more important issues than simply winning an award, "To 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 make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we're thinking of you tonight... this is 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." The moving speech was quite possibly my favorite moment of the Oscars.
While many may view the Academy Awards as just another event for Hollywood to celebrate themselves, it's hard to deny that these films bring viewers on a journey that could change the way one may view the world. And the moral of the story is that if you're ever feeling sad; remember that you have just as many Oscars as Leonardo DiCaprio.