The 86th Academy Awards aka The Oscars

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If you did not already know, the 86th Academy Awards (The Oscars) took place this last Sunday, March 2nd, 2014. It was a night filled with memories, laughs, movies, songs and lots and lots of beautiful, flowing gowns! Continue reading for all of the need-to-knows that you may have missed!

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Hosted by the beautiful and funny, Ellen DeGeneres, the night was destined to be historical. The Red Carpet walks, of course notorious for the “gauntlet” of dress/tux judging and the Ryan Seacrest “mani-cam”, started early. “Gravity”‘s Sandra Bullock and “12 Years A Slave”‘s Lupita Nyung’o were top picks of the evening with different shades of blue and fairy tale details. “Wolf of Wall Street”‘s Leonardo DiCaprio (eternally a “looker”) and “Dallas Buyer’s Club”‘s Jared Leto looked ever the Prince Charming (s) in their stylish tuxes. Although the distractions were high with fashion headlines being made in every corner, Jennifer Lawrence managed to make steal the attention, again, by taking a dive on the Red Carpet!

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This woman never ceases to amaze the audience with her knack for taking a tumble at award shows. I believe it is her ability to get back up, while laughing at herself, that makes her so likeable.

The Winners:

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto for “Dallas Buyer’s Club”

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Jared Leto took home the Oscar for his role in “Dallas Buyer’s Club”. Sporting his stylish white tuxedo, the ’30 Seconds to Mars’ front man stood gracefully while accepting his award. Thanking his mother and acknowledging the many victims of the AIDS virus, he tells us that he (and his fellow actors) are “here and as you struggle to… to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible… We’re thinking of you tonight.” To anyone that has not yet seen this movie, I would highly suggest it.

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years A Slave”

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Probably the most heartfelt moment of the night: watching Lupita Nyong’o, a first time Oscar winner, react to winner her award. Lupita takes home her statue for her heart wrenching performance in “12 Years A Slave”. Invoking both pain, strength and hope from her performance, this Oscar was deserved. Accepting her award, Lupita reminds us that “every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey for “Dallas Buyer’s Club”

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“Alright, Alright, Alright…..” (In that drawwwwwl the women love) is easily all i could say about this man and his win would still be epic, but I will take a bit of time to credit this man with an amazing transformation. To have made it this far after stints in movies like “Failure to Launch” and “Tropic Thunder” is really amazing (to anyone that loves those movies, I apologize, but honestly: not Oscar worthy – funny, but Oscar worthy? not so much 🙂 ). To have evolved so much as an actor is exactly the message the Academy likes to send. I have to admit that I felt the most inward pleasure over this win. My heart felt good about the win. This movie was amazing, the acting was amazing and Matthew McConaughey deserved every bit of this win.

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine”

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Ok, so this woman is EVERYWHERE!! She always looks amazing and we KNOW she is a wonderful actress. I have not yet seen “Blue Jasmine”, but watching the clips of her talent were enough to win me over. Congratulations and keep up the good work!!

Best Picture: “12 Years A Slave”

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Congratulations to Steve McQueen and Brad Pitt for taking it upon themselves to re-create the memories of Solomon Northrup, a man who experienced the true definition of “horror”, first hand. This story alone is so moving and powerful that it could only have been done by a true power cast and power crew. The stars aligned for “12 Years A Slave” and an Oscar winning movie was made. Telling the story of Solomon Northrup, a free man stolen into slavery, “12 Years A Slave” will take you on an emotional roller coaster, oftentimes censoring nothing, leaving you feeling as if you have just experienced everything first hand. This movie is a breakthrough for both the actors and directors and deserved nothing but an Oscar.

On a lighter note, the Oscars are a night to honor ALL of those in the industry. A night for actors to sit, side by side, with their colleagues and mentors. A night to exhale and recognize the hard work that is put in everyday trying to keep us, the audience, entertained and happy. The Oscar Award show is a time for fun!

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Ellen Degeneres made history with this selfie (shown above). Featuring some of Hollywood’s finest actors and Oscar nominees, including Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kevin Spacey, winner that night, Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Channing Tatum, Bradley Cooper, Jared Leto’s forehead AND, surprise of the evening, Nyong’o’s date, her brother. This picture was uploaded and later that night, Twitter crashed. History in the making Ellen, good job!

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In perhaps one of the most non-traditional acts of Oscar history, Ellen ordered the hungry looking stars PIZZA!!

All in all, it was a great night, equipped with memories that will last a lifetime.

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