LIVE BLOG- The 86th Academy Awards.


Here’s a secret and you’re not allowed to tell anyone- today we are both live streaming the 86th Academy Awards from our respective offices to bring to you up-to-date news on the drama, the drunkenness, the t00-long speeches, the tears and laughter of the biggest day in the film industry!


We’ll be doing this throughout the day so stay tuned!

Red Carpet time!

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Ellen is giving us great updates while we watch all the celeb’s trail blindly onto the red carpet waiting for their assistants to tell them where to go.

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Spacey came in looking veeery handsome and not looking at all murderous in a navy suit.

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The Cumberbatch came waltzing in looking very schmick with wind-swept hair. In true Cumberbatch style he took the interview opportunity to discuss the real-life occurrences of slavery across the world and his hopes that 12 Years a Slave will bring more awareness to this to the public. Cumberbatch plays plantation owner William Ford in the movie.


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The internet was waiting with baited breath to see what Jared Leto would turn up wearing, and in particular how he would style his luscious locks. He turned up rocking a white suit, red tie, and the internet instantly started comparing his amazing hair to many things:

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Leto should probably get a bodyguard for his hair.

Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 11.29.31 amYou could tell straight away when Jennifer Lawrence showed up because everyone started screaming and you could hear all the cameramen going “JENNIFER, JENNIFER! LOOK OVER HERE!!”.

And in true Jennifer style she showed up and did this:

The gifs are already circulating.

But she got up again and still looked an absolute knock-out in a simple but glamorous red Dior gown.




First up, Anne Hathaway (blinding me with her dress) presenting:

Best Supporting Actor:
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Jared told a touching story about a high-school drop out and single mom. That woman is his mother. He also dedicated his award to those who lost the battle with AIDS.
“Thanks for teaching me to dream.”

Best Costume Design:
Michael Wilkinson, “American Hustle”
William Chang Suk Ping, “The Grandmaster”
Catherine Martin, “The Great Gatsby”
Michael O’Connor, “The Invisible Woman”
Patricia Norris, “12 Years a Slave”


Make-Up and Hairstyling:
“Dallas Buyers Club” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” Stephen Prouty
“The Lone Ranger” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

WINNER: Adruitha Lee & Robin Mathews, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Animated Short Film:
“Feral” Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
“Get a Horse!” Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
“Mr. Hublot” Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
“Possessions” Shuhei Morita
“Room on the Broom” Max Lang and Jan Lachauer


Best Animated Feature:
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest & Celestine”
“The Wind Rises”


I LOVE MONTAGES. Some of the best movies made over the past few decades. Really touching.

Emma Watson & Joseph Gordon Levitt are now onstage to present visual effects. I ship this coupling.

 Best Visual Effects:
“Gravity” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
“Iron Man 3” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
“The Lone Ranger” Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
“Star Trek Into Darkness” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

No surprise here.

Zac Efron is on stage to present Karen O, performing THE MOON SONG, from HER. Beautiful.

Live Action Short Film:
“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)” Esteban Crespo
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)” Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
“Helium” Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
“Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)” Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
“The Voorman Problem” Mark Gill and Baldwin Li


Best Doco Short Subject:
“CaveDigger” Jeffrey Karoff
“Facing Fear” Jason Cohen
“Karama Has No Walls” Sara Ishaq
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” Edgar Barens


Thoughtful Ellen wants to order pizza for the crowd.

Bradley Cooper is now onstage to present the award for Documentary feature.

Best Documentary Feature:
“The Act of Killing”Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
“Cutie and the Boxer” Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher
“Dirty Wars” Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill
“The Square” Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer
“20 Feet from Stardom” Nominees to be determined


Bow down for Frank Underwood, here to introduce the recipients of the Governors awards (Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury & Pero Tosi) and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (Angelina Jolie).

Best Foreign Language Film:

The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium
The Great Beauty, Italy
The Hunt, Denmark
The Missing Picture, Cambodia
Omar, Palestine

WINNER: The Great Beauty

Cue film montage! A look at Nebraska, Her and Gravity.

Ellen has turned up in a new white suit to introduce Brad Pitt to introduce U2.

U2 is performing their original song “Ordinary Love” which they wrote and performed for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. As usual, they do a great performance and are given a standing ovation from the audience.


A look at the Febuary 15th Academy Scientific and Technical Awards highlights.

Ellen has gathered a bunch of actors from the audience for a group selfie in the hopes of breaking the record for most retweeted photo. It’s fantastic:


A beautiful Charlize Theron and Christopher Hemsworth present:


Nominees for Achievement in sound mixing:

Captain Phillips, Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro

Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson

Inside Llewyn Davis, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

WINNER: Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro

Chris Hemsworth has a great voice, he should present more.

Nominees for Achievement in sound editing:

All Is Lost, Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns

Captain Phillips, Oliver Tarney

Gravity, Glenn Freemantle

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Brent Burge

Lone Survivor, Wylie Stateman

 WINNER: Gravity, again. 

We’ve tried retweeting Ellen’s picture but we think she’s crashed Twitter:

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Christoph Waltz is presenting the nominees for:

Best Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Julia Roberts, August: Osage County

June Squibb, Nebraska

WINNER: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Lupita is charming accepting the award, “Yes! Thank you to the academy for this incredible recognition, 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, so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance and for Soloman thank you for telling her story and your own…” 


Ellen has actually ordered pizza and is pulling along the pizza guy to hand them out in the crowd:

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Amy Adams and Bill Murry are on stage to present, Bill to Amy: “You look like $146 million domestic,”.

Achievement in cinematography

The Grandmaster, Philippe Le Sourd

Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki

Inside Llewyn Davis, Bruno Delbonnel

Nebraska, Phedon Papamichael

Prisoners, Roger A. Deakins

WINNER: Gravity, again. 


Nominees for Achievement in film editing:

American Hustle, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten

Captain Phillips, Christopher Rouse

Dallas Buyers Club, John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa

Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger

12 Years a Slave, Joe Walker

 WINNER: GUESS WHO? YOU GOT IT- Gravity, again. 


Whoopie is presenting! Sporting red ruby slippers she is presenting the tribute to The Wizard of Oz for it’s 75th Anniversary. In the crowd are Judy Garland’s three children: Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft  and Joseph Luft.

Pink is performing Somewhere over the rainbow in tribute.

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Ellen is winning as a Oscar host:

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Jennifer Garner and the-man-with-the-best-name-ever Benedict Cumberbatch are on stage to present:

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Achievement in production design

American Hustle, Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler

Gravity, Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard

The Great Gatsby, Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn

Her, Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena

12 Years a Slave, Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker

 WINNER: The Great Gatsby, Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn

Someone other than Gravity didn’t win! Annnd a winner said hi and thanks to their kids, if you’re playing a Oscars Drinking Game now would be the time to take a shot.


Cue Montage! Lots of male actors.


Glenn Close is presenting this years In Memoriam. Cue tears.

Bette Midler is performing Wind Beneath My Wings in tribute to all of those who passed away. Classic.

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Bette Midler receives a standing ovation for her performance and completely deserves it. Fantastic performance.


Ellen confirms it- she crashed Twitter. History made.


Goldie Hawn on stage to present a tribute to 3 of this years Best Feature nominees Philomena, Captain Phillips and 12 Years a Slave.


AP currently freaking out because Let It Go is being performed by Idina Menzel.

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Jamie Foxx and Jessica Biel on stage to present the nominees for:

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

The Book Thief, John Williams

Gravity, Steven Price

Her, William Butler and Owen Pallett

Philomena, Alexandre Desplat

Saving Mr. Banks, Thomas Newman

WINNER: Gravity, Steven Price

I’m not saying they don’t deserve it, but DANG Gravity is getting ALL THE AWARDS.


Now for…

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

Alone Yet Not Alone from Alone Yet Not Alone

Happy from Despicable Me 2

Let It Go from Frozen

The Moon Song from Her

Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

 WINNER: Let It Go from Frozen

The winners who’s names I missed accept the award whilst rhyming. It’s awesome.

AP is very happy:

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HA is about to scream at the constant ads we’re getting on our live stream.

Ellen is gathering money from the crowd for the pizza guy.

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Penelope Cruz & Robert De Niro presenting:

Nominees for Adapted screenplay:

Before Midnight, written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke

Captain Phillips, screenplay by Billy Ray

Philomena, screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

12 Years a Slave, screenplay by John Ridley

The Wolf of Wall Street, screenplay by Terence Winter

WINNER: 12 Years a Slave, screenplay by John Ridley

Most deserving.

Now the Nominees for Original Screenplay

American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell

Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen

Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack

Her, Written by Spike Jonze

Nebraska Written by Bob Nelson

WINNER: Her, Written by Spike Jonze

The crowd goes wild!

Angelina Jolie and Sidney Poitier to present the Sscar for Best Director. The nominees are:

Best director

David O. Russell, American Hustle

Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Alexander Payne, Nebraska

Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

WINNER:  Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity



Alfonso takes a great shot at Warner Bros. while thanking people in his speech “The wise asses at Warner Brothers- uh the wise PEOPLE AT Warner Brothers…”. 

The great Daniel Day-Lewis now on stage to present the Best Lead Actress

Best lead actress

Amy Adams, American Hustle

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Judi Dench, Philomena

Meryl Streep, August: Osage County



WINNER: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine 

Cate is humble thanking all the other nominees along with Woody Allen (cue media articles about how controversial this is). She also gives a shout out to the Sydney Theatre Company and to the huge amount of talent in Australia. AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!


Now Jennifer Lawrence presenting the Nominees for the Best lead actor:

Christian Bale, American Hustle

Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club


WHO WILL WIN? WILL LEO FINALLY? We don’t think so… too much great talent…

WINNER: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club


Will Smith on stage to present Best Picture!

Best picture nominees:

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club





12 Years A Slave

The Wolf of Wall Street

We’re wondering why Will Smith is presenting for this award…but regardless he’s awesome.


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Thanks for joining us for the 86th Academy Awards!

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