2014 Oscar Winners

Now that it’s all said and done, this year’s Academy Awards ceremony ended largely as expected. ’12 Years a Slave’ won Best Picture, ‘Gravity’ swept the technical achievements, and Matthew McConaughey gave an utterly incomprehensible acceptance speech. How did you do in your Oscar pool? Read this post if you’d like a shot at winning ’12 Years a Slave’ on Blu-ray.

The only Best Picture nominee I’ve actually seen, ‘American Hustle’, was shut out of every category where it was nominated. How is it that this movie wasn’t even in the running for the Best Makeup and Hairstyling prize? It should have won that for the opening scene alone.

All in all, I guessed 15 of the 24 categories correctly, which is pretty good for me. In fact, as an impromptu contest, for the first of our readers who can guess exactly which 15 categories I predicted, I will personally buy you a copy of Best Picture winner ’12 Years a Slave’ on Blu-ray. You get one and only one chance at this. You must name all 15 categories in one comment at the end of this post, and you can only make one attempt.

I’ll suspend our normal rule prohibiting people who’ve won other contests within the past year. However, other normal contest guidelines apply. The contest is only open to entrants from the domestic United States. Employees of this site or Internet Brands are not eligible.

You have until the end of the day today, Monday, March 3rd. I’ll announce the results in the Comments to this post tomorrow. If no one guesses correctly by the deadline, no prize will be awarded.

[Update: Sorry, folks. The deadline has expired and there were no winners.]

In the meantime, here’s a rundown of which movies actually won Oscars last night:

Best Picture
  1. ’12 Years a Slave’
  2. ‘American Hustle’
  3. ‘Captain Phillips’
  4. ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
  5. ‘Gravity’
  6. ‘Her’
  7. ‘Nebraska’
  8. ‘Philomena’
  9. ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

Winner: ’12 Years a Slave’

Best Director
  1. Alfonso Cuaron, ‘Gravity’
  2. Steve McQueen, ’12 Years a Slave’
  3. Alexander Payne, ‘Nebraska’
  4. David O. Russell, ‘American Hustle’
  5. Martin Scorsese, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

Winner: Alfonso Cuaron

Best Actor
  1. Christian Bale, ‘American Hustle’
  2. Bruce Dern, ‘Nebraska’
  3. Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’
  4. Chiwetel Ejiofor, ’12 Years a Slave’
  5. Matthew McConaughey, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Winner: Matthew McConaughey

Best Actress
  1. Amy Adams, ‘American Hustle’
  2. Cate Blanchett, ‘Blue Jasmine’
  3. Sandra Bullock, ‘Gravity’
  4. Judi Dench, ‘Philomena’
  5. Meryl Streep, ‘August: Osage County’

Winner: Cate Blanchett

Best Supporting Actor
  1. Barkhad Abdi, ‘Captain Phillips’
  2. Bradley Cooper, ‘American Hustle’
  3. Michael Fassbender, ’12 Years a Slave’
  4. Jonah Hill, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’
  5. Jared Leto, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Winner: Jared Leto

Best Supporting Actress
  1. Sally Hawkins, ‘Blue Jasmine’
  2. Jennifer Lawrence, ‘American Hustle’
  3. Lupita Nyong’o, ’12 Years a Slave’
  4. Julia Roberts, ‘August: Osage County’
  5. June Squibb, ‘Nebraska’

Winner: Lupita Nyong’o

Best Animated Feature
  1. ‘The Croods’
  2. ‘Despicable Me 2’
  3. ‘Ernest & Celestine’
  4. ‘Frozen’
  5. ‘The Wind Rises’

Winner: ‘Frozen’

Best Foreign Language Film
  1. ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ (Belgium)
  2. ‘The Great Beauty’ (Italy)
  3. ‘The Hunt’ (Denmark)
  4. ‘The Missing Picture’ (Cambodia)
  5. ‘Omar’ (Palestine)

Winner: ‘The Great Beauty’

Best Original Screenplay
  1. ‘American Hustle’
  2. ‘Blue Jasmine’
  3. ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
  4. ‘Her’
  5. ‘Nebraska’

Winner: ‘Her’

Best Adapted Screenplay
  1. ’12 Years a Slave’
  2. ‘Before Midnight’
  3. ‘Captain Phillips’
  4. ‘Philomena’
  5. ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

Winner: ’12 Years a Slave’

Best Cinematography
  1. Roger Deakins, ‘Prisoners’
  2. Bruno Delbonell, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’
  3. Philippe Le Sourd, ‘The Grandmaster’
  4. Emmanuel Lubezki, ‘Gravity’
  5. Phedon Papamichael, ‘Nebraska’

Winner: ‘Gravity’

Best Production Design
  1. ’12 Years a Slave’
  2. ‘American Hustle’
  3. ‘Gravity’
  4. ‘The Great Gatsby’
  5. ‘Her’

Winner: ‘The Great Gatsby’

Best Costume Design
  1. ’12 Years a Slave’
  2. ‘American Hustle’
  3. ‘The Grandmaster’
  4. ‘The Great Gatsby
  5. ‘The Invisible Woman’

Winner: ‘The Great Gatsby’

Best Documentary Feature
  1. ’20 Feet from Stardom’
  2. ‘The Act of Killing’
  3. ‘Cutie and the Boxer’
  4. ‘Dirty Wars’
  5. ‘The Square’

Winner: ’20 Feet from Stardom’

Best Documentary Short Subject
  1. ‘CaveDigger’
  2. ‘Facing Fear’
  3. ‘Karama Has No Walls’
  4. ‘The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life’
  5. ‘Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall’

Winner: ‘The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life’

Best Short Film, Animated
  1. ‘Feral’
  2. ‘Get a Horse!’
  3. ‘Mr. Hublot’
  4. ‘Possessions’
  5. ‘Room on the Broom’

Winner: ‘Mr. Hublot’

Best Short Film, Live Action
  1. ‘Aquel No Era Yo’ (‘That Wasn’t Me’)
  2. ‘Avant Que de Tout Perdre’ (‘Just Before Losing Everything’)
  3. ‘Helium’
  4. ‘Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?’ (‘Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?’)
  5. ‘The Voorman Problem’

Winner: ‘Helium’

Best Film Editing
  1. ’12 Years a Slave’
  2. ‘American Hustle’
  3. ‘Captain Phillips’
  4. ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
  5. ‘Gravity’

Winner: ‘Gravity’

Best Original Score
  1. William Butler & Owen Pallett, ‘Her’
  2. Alexandre Desplat, ‘Philomena’
  3. Thomas Newman, ‘Saving Mr. Banks’
  4. Steven Price, ‘Gravity’
  5. John Williams, ‘The Book Thief’

Winner: ‘Gravity’

Best Original Song
  1. “Happy” from ‘Despicable Me 2’ – Pharrell Williams
  2. “Let It Go” from ‘Frozen’ – Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez
  3. “The Moon Song” from ‘Her’ – Karen O. & Spike Jonze
  4. “Ordinary Love” from ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ – Paul Hewson (Bono), Dave Evans (The Edge), Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen

Winner: “Let It Go”

Best Sound Editing
  1. ‘All Is Lost’
  2. ‘Captain Phillips’
  3. ‘Gravity’
  4. ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’
  5. ‘Lone Survivor’

Winner: ‘Gravity’

Best Sound Mixing
  1. ‘Captain Phillips’
  2. ‘Gravity’
  3. ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’
  4. ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’
  5. ‘Lone Survivor’

Winner: ‘Gravity’

Best Visual Effects
  1. ‘Gravity’
  2. ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’
  3. ‘Iron Man 3’
  4. ‘The Lone Ranger’
  5. ‘Star Trek into Darkness’

Winner: ‘Gravity’

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
  1. ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
  2. ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa’
  3. ‘The Lone Ranger’

Winner: ‘Dallas Buyers Club’


  1. Timcharger

    1. Best Picture
    2. Best Director
    3. Best Animated Film
    4. Best Adapted Screenplay
    5. Best Costume Design
    6. Best Production Design
    7. Best Original Song
    8. Best Film Editing
    9. Best Cinematography
    10. Best Sound Editing
    11. Best Sound Mixing
    12. Best Visual Effects
    13. Best Makeup and Hairstyling
    14. Best Original Screenplay
    15. Best Actress

    • Timcharger

      There’s a part of me that thinks you wanted Bad Grandpa to win Best Makeup & Hairstyling and voted that way. And may have let your heart overrule your mind.

  2. 1)Best Picture
    2)Best Visual Effects
    3) Best Sound Editing
    4) Best Original Score
    5) Best Original Song
    6) Best Film Editing
    7) Best Costume Design
    8) Best Production Design
    9) Best Animated Feature
    10) Best Director
    11) Best Original Screenplay
    12) Best Adapted Screenplay
    13) Best Actress
    14) Best Supporting Actress
    15) Best Actor

    • William Henley

      Hmmm, so there is a couple of major hints in a couple of other blog postings. I still think I did well picking Josh’s picks.

  3. Chris

    Best Picture
    Best Director
    Best Supporting Actor
    Best Supporting Actress
    Best Animated Feature
    Best Foreign Language Film
    Best Original Screenplay
    Best Adapted Screenplay
    Best Cinematography
    Best Film Editing
    Best Original Song
    Best Sound Editing
    Best Sound Mixing
    Best Visual Effects
    Best Makeup and Hairstyling

    By the way, you have it incorrectly listed as Dallas Buyers Club winning Best Original Screenplay, but I assumed you predicted Her, which actually won.

  4. I picked 18 correctly, but missed the “big” one, as I thought GRAVITY would pull a late-in-the-game upset.

    Winners this year were rather predictable (as always), but the show was pretty good. Ellen’s opening monologue was rather bland, but once she went out into the crowd, things got really fun…the selfie photo and ordering pizza (then collecting for the tip) might be the funniest thing I’ve ever seen at the Oscar. There’s something quite entertaining about forcing celebs to act like ordinary people.

    …and shame on Leo DiCaprio for not playing along “I don’t want any pizza!” 🙁

    • William Henley

      I saw part of it. Ellen was being Ellen, which is always fun (ie she acting like she has stage fright). I pretty much watched most of the opening monologue, really didn’t have any interest in the rest of it. I truthfully just don’t care anymore. About the only Awards show I may watch is Kid’s Choice, mainly just because it is fun watching celebs get slimmed.

  5. David Staschke

    1. Best Picture
    2. Best Actor
    3. Best Actress
    4. Best Supporting Actor
    5. Best Director
    6. Best Song
    7. Best Original Score
    8. Best Animated Feature
    9. Best Sound Editing
    10. Best Sound Mixing
    11. Best Visual Effects
    12. Best Adapted Screenplay
    13. Best Original Screenplay
    14. Best Production Design
    15. Best Cinematography

  6. Ryan M

    1. Best Picture
    2. Best Director
    3. Best Actor
    4. Best Actress
    5. Best Supporting Actor
    6. Best Animated Feature
    7. Best Foreign Language Film
    8. Best Original Song
    9. Best Original Screenplay
    10.Best Cinematography
    11.Best Costume Design
    12.Best Sound Editing
    13.Best Sound Mixing
    14.Best Visual Effects
    15.Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  7. Shout92

    1. Best Picture
    2. Best Director
    3. Best Actor
    4. Best Actress
    5. Best Supporting Actor
    6. Best Animated Feature
    7. Best original Song
    8. Best Cinematography
    9. Best VFX
    10. Best Sound Editing
    11. Best Sound Mixing
    12. Best Makeup and Hairstyling
    13. Best Production Design
    14. Best Costume Design
    15. Best Foreign Language Film

  8. Josh Zyber

    Sorry, no winners in the contest. I think what most of you failed to account for were the categories that I blind-guessed at and happened to get right.

    Here are the categories I actually predicted correctly:

    Best Picture
    Best Director
    Best Actor
    Best Actress
    Supporting Actor
    Adapted Screenplay
    Animated Feature
    Original Song
    Sound Mixing
    Sound Effects Editing
    Visual Effects
    Makeup and Hairstyling
    Documentary Short

    That’s right, I missed Supporting Actress (I thought it would be Jennifer Lawrence) and Original Screenplay (I voted Dallas Buyers Club), but I got Documentary Short Film.

    • Timcharger

      “Sorry, no winners in the contest. I think what most of you failed to account for were the categories that I blind-guessed at and happened to get right.”

      So this was a game of chance and not skill?

      Idea for next game: Josh will think of a number between 1-1000. Everyone gets one guess.

      • William Henley

        If it makes you feel any better, I honestly was thinking along those lines, and very nearly chose Documentary Short. I never would have guessed Hair and Makeup, though, especially after he menitoned his choice wasn’t even nominated.

        I am sure if more people had of played, someone would have won.

  9. Chris B

    I was surprised to see The Great Gatsby win anything, not that it didn’t deserve it..I just figured after such lukewarm reviews the academy wouldn’t vote that way

  10. Someone explain to me why racism seems so alive and well even today? I strongly believed that 12 Years a Slave would get Best Picture strictly out of fear of retribution had it not won. And as expected, it did.
    I did not watch the Oscars but the highlights had Degeneres making a comment as well to the tune it better with or else we’re all racists. Wtf?

    It doesn’t matter though – look at the past 30 years of Best Pictures. I think I have seen maybe half of them, and of that half enjoyed less than I can count on one hand.

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