As for those that took home the golden statue, there were no surprises — which included yet another dejecting blow for Leonardo DiCaprio fans around the world, as he left without the Best Actor Oscar for the third time.
Matthew McConaughey won the award for his portrayal of AIDS-patient Ron Woodroof.
It was the award for Best Supporting Actress, however, that sent SCO into a frenzy, as I was over the moon thrilled that Lupita Nyong’o earned her first Oscar. Nyong’o is flawless; and in a sky blue Prada gown, she commanded the red carpet once more — as she has did the entire award season. Enchanting, and exuberant, this is a young woman who just gets it.
For much of the night, sci-fi thriller Gravity served the role of Michael Jordan, seemingly winning everything. Commendable films such as The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle were the Charles Barkley and Karl Malone — going home completely empty handed — as a result. But that all changed with the last honor of the evening, as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave earned the award for Best Picture, beating out all three of the aforementioned films.
Although last night’s Oscars lacked any real blindsiding moments, they were arguably the most entertaining in the last several years. For the second time, Ellen DeGeneres hosted the event, and even crashed Twitter in the process — orchestrating an impromptu selfie that featured Julia Roberts, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper and a timeless photobomb by Kevin Spacey. It became the most retweeted tweet of all-time.
But as with any Hollywood-themed soirée, it was the fashion that stole the show. Cate Blanchett was graceful in flesh-toned Giorgio Armani. She took home the award for Best Actress, for her role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
Presenter Naomi Watts was absolutely divine in a white cap-sleeved Calvin Klein Collection gown, designed by Francisco Costa. Although it was the majestic Angelina Jolie — accompanied by her Tom Ford-ladened husband, Brad Pitt — who looked magnificent in a full-sleeved, embroidered Elie Saab dress. The selection was a lighter rendition of the crimson red one the designer featured in his recent Haute Couture collection.
Along with Brad Pitt, actors Jared Leto (Rick Owens) — winner of Best Supporting Actor — and Chris Hemsworth (David August) were powerfully dapper in their tuxedos. And it was Sir Leo who perfected the traditional, yet masterful look in Armani.