So the Oscar winners have been announced - I called most of them in advance - but did you?

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  • Comment number 34. Posted by hammerman

    on 31 Mar 2014 15:21

    Just watched 20 Feet From Stardom, and is is better than AOK? No. Is it better than Springsteen & I? No. Is it a feel-good movie that's easy on the eye, a safe choice with a happy ending, and one you can bet the Academy watched all the way through?
    And the winner is....

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by danny

    on 6 Mar 2014 22:20

    Yup called them all, it was pretty obvious who was going to win by the time the Oscars came around, and i was convinced Lupita Nyong'o was going to beat Lawrence because its an astounding person and everyone loves Nyong'o now. At the start of awards season i thought best actor would definitely be Ejiofor but then Dallas Buyers appeared and the McConaughey buzz appeared and there was no stopping him. Fassbender should have won but he never had any buzz at all.

    Love Cate Blanchett, she deserved to win but hopefully Amy Adams can finally get one next year! She really deserves it, my favourite actress. in fact the only big Oscar i wasn't sure about was Best Original Screenplay, I thought Hustle would probably triumph because of the sheer love for American Hustle but then Spike Jonze kept winning everything which made the Oscar more believable.

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by I_am_I

    on 6 Mar 2014 20:42

    Sorry, what's the Oscars for, again? Id' rather watch my lawn grow.

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  • Comment number 31. Posted by spaceodds

    on 6 Mar 2014 16:59

    Since gambling is on the agenda; let's make a bet in regards to Dr. Kermode. With Under The Skin coming out next week, I bet that Dr. Kermode will either film a blog post, and/or talk to death about Nicholas Roeg's The Man Who Fell Down To Earth when he reviews Under The Skin next Friday.
    We all know that the good Doctor is a big fan of Roeg's film, so I will set the odds at 1-200 because I'm so sure he will mention Roeg's film either in passing, or he will sing its praises to the full.

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by babyfacemichael

    on 5 Mar 2014 21:33

    @18 information 1st

    You are a gentleman of great taste and discernment. The Hunt/The Secret/The Lives were all terrific

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by babyfacemichael

    on 5 Mar 2014 20:52

    Why didnt The Act of Killing win? It could be a lot of reasons. They gave the Oscar to some All American Unsung Heroines over a profoundly disturbing horror documentary. The AOK is a tough watch, because they are the real Hannibal Lecters . Free, boasting and laughing about getting away with murder/torture/rape on a grand scale. Evil triumphant is what is on display here. The Academy likes feel good. remember it didnt evan nominate Tilda swinton for Kevin because the subject was to close to the bone.
    And of course neither the US, Indonesian governments or the CIA wanted it to win, for very obvious reasons. Collusion in genocide doesnt fit with the image of the champions of freedom it likes to sell. The president of Indonesia said the film makes Indonesia look cruel. Thats because it IS.

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by Luke Smith

    on 5 Mar 2014 16:55

    I would like to stick up for Her, since everyone is scratching their head as to why it got best original screenplay. I thought it was really great that a science fiction film to be given a non-technical award (and I agree with @14 Ip - Gravity isn't science fiction. it's a disaster film that just happens to be set in space. Does anyone think Apollo 13 is science fiction?????). Her is a wonderfully craft film about human personal connectivity. How we have become so connected with each other via computers that we have lost all the personal connection we have for other human beings.

    Maybe it's more of a film for Gen Y geeks (being one myself) I don't know, but I do think it should be given more credit.

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by KamiTheGamer

    on 5 Mar 2014 07:52

    Like others, I called most of them and therein lies one of my criticisms of the Oscars; there's no surprise for the most part, even the winners themselves often feel like they're shoe-ins because the press has caught wind and hyped it to the N'th degree. Ellen did the best with what she was given I feel; a largely predictable set of awards that didn't shock, inspire or amaze (and frankly, a couple of those acceptance speeches did little more than annoy!).

    I think the Oscars should have a serious rethink; it's not that the awards ceremony thing is stale, quite the opposite - there's life in the old dog yet. But it's now such a set formula that this year in particular feels disappointingly bland and dull.

    Complain about Seth MacFarlane as much as you want, he was a dangerous host and danger is definitely what viewers enjoy most; a frisson of energy to shock the otherwise lifeless and plastic audience into something resembling interesting life. It may not be what those at the ceremony want; but then, if you're going to televise it to millions of people across the globe, what the people at the event want is entirely irrelevant. It's an annual televised event, and people want to be entertained. Okay, maybe not to the crass extreme as Seth MacFarlane, but still...

    And aside that, they need to rethink the reveal of nominations as well. Or ask themselves why more and more, the main meat of the awards is becoming laughably obvious; in more and more cases, you can set your watch by the winners. What is the point in having an awards ceremony and televising it across the world when there's no excitement in the main bulk of what the ceremony is about? You might as well have had a good nights sleep at that rate.

    I get the whole thing that they chose Ellen DeGeneres to get it back to safer ground. I just think that safer ground has been largely the bane of the Oscars for years. That said, getting pizza for those outside was a graceful step forward (and in keeping with what Ellen does in her day job) and the Selfie did at least break Twitter.

    But we'll remember the likes of Seth MacFarlane because it was a bit car-crash; you won't forget the Boob Song (and lord knows we've tried, eh?). This year... well... it's forgettable to the point most people have been trying to make controversy out of otherwise benign acceptance speeches.

    It's just all a bit... obvious. Why bother watching any event if the end results are so obvious?

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by icebadger

    on 5 Mar 2014 00:33

    I liked Seth Macfarlane last year. The boob song was ironic and playing on schoolyard sensibilities whilst mocking the over pompous nature of the ceremony. Obviously not to your taste Mark but I thought he was a hoot. By the way I got a clean sweep in the main categories but I'm bemused by the best photography oscar. Since when does green screen related post production have more artistic merit than well lit and well structured image composition?

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by MarkMGM

    on 4 Mar 2014 18:00

    To say Lupita Nyong'o didn't deserve the Oscar is ridiculous. A heart-wrenching performance left me in tears in the scene where "Patsy" asks "Solomon" to kill her to end her suffering. Most of the rest went as thought, which can be a bit boring sometimes. But you have to say this year the Academy got most of it correct. Shock!! Horror!!

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