For legions of movie lovers in Fresno and all over the world, tonight was an exciting night as billions tuned in to watch the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Hosted by Ellen Degeneres, this year's awards show did what the Oscars do best, honor the best accomplishments in film in class and respect, with Degeneres keeping the night lively with her unique sense of humor, even going so far as to order pizza for all the celebrities in attendance. On top to that, Ellen and the nominees broke the record for most retweeted photo even posted on Twitter, which can be viewed here. This year's winners and nominees, which can be viewed at the Oscars' official website, should all be applauded for their success and celebrate their victories tonight.
The evening's top honor, Best Picture, went to 12 Years a Slave, which also won for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, while Cate Blanchett won Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Blue Jasmine. Jared Leto won for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his own performance in Dallas Buyers Club, while Lupita Nyong'o received a standing ovation for winning Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in 12 Years a Slave.
But the other big winner tonight was Gravity, which went home with a seven Oscars total, including Best Director for Alfonzo Cuarón. The film also sweeped many of the technical categories by winning for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects.
The Great Gatsby also went home with two awards tonight for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design. Meanwhile Dallas Buyers Club was recognized for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Her won for Best Original Screenplay.
Disney's Frozen was recognized as Best Animated Feature Film, and also won Best Original Song for "Let It Go", with music and lyrics composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and performed by Idina Menzel.
In other awards, 20 Feet from Stardom won the award for Best Documentary Feature, and The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life won for Best Documentary Short Subject. Helium won the award for Best Live Action Short Film, while Mr. Hublot was recognized for Best Animated Short Film. This year's award for Best Foreign Language Film went to Italy for the film The Great Beauty.
This examiner would like to personally congratulate both this year's winners and nominees for their success and he eagerly looks forward to this year's film slate to see who will be the big winners at next year's show.