Dallas Buyers Club and Gravity were the toast of the 2014 Oscars on Sunday (02Mar14), but it was 12 Years A Slave which was named Best Picture on Hollywood's biggest night. The Steve McQueen slave drama was a triple threat, also scoring Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong'o and Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley.
AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club served up a double win in the male acting categories with Matthew McConaughey earning his first Oscar for Best Actor and Jared Leto claiming Best Supporting Actor, while Cate Blanchett took home the Best Actress title for her star turn in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.
However, it was Gravity which scored the most wins of the night with seven, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron and a string of technical awards.
The 86th annual ceremony was presented by Ellen DeGeneres and she opened the prestigious event by joking about the heavy rain which has lashed the usually-sunny state of California in the past few days, and poking fun at Jennifer Lawrence for her clumsy nature after she stumbled and fell to her knees on the red carpet as she arrived at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood - a year after she tripped up the stairs on the way to pick up her 2013 Best Actress Oscar.
Each of the nominations for Best Original Song were performed, but it was Frozen star Idina Menzel's rendition of Let It Go which earned husband and wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez the award.
Pop star Pink helped to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz by belting out Somewhere Over the Rainbow in front of Judy Garland's children Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft, who were among the guests in the audience, and Bette Midler made her performance debut at the awards by singing Wind Beneath My Wings following the annual In Memoriam segment, which featured tributes to the likes of James Gandolfini, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Karen Black, Paul Walker, Annette Funicello, Peter O'Toole, Richard Griffiths, Sid Caesar, Shirley Temple Black, Harold Ramis, film critic Roger Ebert and former Academy president Tom Sherak.
The full list of winners at the 2014 Oscars is:
Best Motion Picture of the Year:
12 Years A Slave
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:
Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years A Slave
Best Achievement in Directing:
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Best Writing, Original Screenplay:
Spike Jonze, Her
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay:
John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave
Best Animated Feature Film:
Frozen - Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee & Peter Del Vecho
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year:
The Great Beauty (Italy)
Best Achievement in Cinematography:
Gravity - Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Achievement in Film Editing:
Gravity - Alfonso Cuaron & Mark Sanger
Best Achievement in Production Design:
The Great Gatsby - Catherine Martin & Beverley Dunn
Best Achievement in Costume Design:
The Great Gatsby - Catherine Martin
Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling:
Dallas Buyers Club - Adruitha Lee & Robin Mathews
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score:
Gravity - Steven Price
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song:
Let It Go from Frozen - Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing:
Gravity - Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead & Chris Munro
Best Achievement in Sound Editing:
Gravity - Glenn Freemantle
Best Achievement in Visual Effects:
Gravity - Timothy Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk & Neil Corbould
Best Documentary, Feature:
Twenty Feet From Stardom - Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers
Best Documentary, Short Subject:
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Best Short Film, Animated:
Mr Hublot - Laurent Witz & Alexandre Espigares
Best Short Film, Live Action:
Helium - Anders Walter & Kim Magnusson
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award:
Late movie legend Richard Burton vowed to stay sober while making classic movie Under Milk Wood by limiting his drinking to only one bottle of vodka a day. The Welsh actor, who was a hardened drinker, appeared in the 1972 film opposite his on/off wife, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, and Peter O'Toole, and the film's director has opened up about the making of the movie in a book called Down Under Milk Wood.
In the tome, Sinclair reveals the difficulties he faced as he attempted to gather three of Hollywood's biggest names together, describing it as like "fixing a weekend between Howard Hughes, Queen Elizabeth II and Puck".
The moviemaker also claims Burton promised to cut down his booze intake while making the movie, adding, "'I am not drinking on your film,' he told me. 'That means only one bottle of vodka a day. I'm sober on two, but when I'm drinking it is three or more.'"
In the book, Sinclair also details Taylor's outrageous demands, including three special French nightgowns which swallowed up 50 per cent of the project's costume budget and her refusal to travel to the Welsh town of Fishguard for filming on location. Her scenes were shot separately at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England.
Sinclair also claims Taylor refused to perform on one of her scheduled filming days, so O'Toole took her out to lunch, plied her with alcohol and then held her up as she drunkenly read her lines in front of the camera.
Thor star Tom Hiddleston showed off his powers of mimicry when he appeared on hit U.K. motoring show Top Gear. The British actor was a guest on the car-lovers' programme and he stunned host Jeremy Clarkson with his accurate impersonations of Hollywood stars.
He took off Sir Anthony Hopkins, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Peter O'Toole, and he even delighted the audience by mimicking Clarkson's voice.
The presenter told Hiddleston, "That was very good. Somebody said you were a good mimic."
Hiddleston was on the show to take part in the Star In a Reasonably-Priced Car segment, in which celebrities race against the clock around a track in a family saloon.
However, the actor was left red-faced when Clarkson showed viewers his lap, as he stalled the vehicle on the starting line.
Watching his embarrassing slip-up, Hiddleston groaned, "I'm very nervous and it was wet out there... Oh the shame. Oh dear."
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Like the name implies, there are two films trapped inside director Bryan Poyser's latest effort: "Love" being one half, and "Air Sex" being the other. One film is a sometimes charming, sweet, and funny meditation on love between twenty-somethings, while the other is an aggressively unfunny aside that almost derails the entire film (take a guess at which one is which).
Aspiring filmmaker Stan (Michael Stahl-David) and pre-med student Cathy (Ashley Bell) find love in balmy Austin, but life drives the two to opposite coasts; Stan seeks his dreams under the bright lights of Hollywood, while Cathy heads to the wintery Northeast to attend a prestigious medical school in New York. Six months later, Sean's Hollywood aspirations have landed him in a pizza joint, while Cathy feels disconnected from her med school peers. When Stan catches wind that Cathy is flying home to Austin for the weekend, he can't help but "accidentally" fly home on the same weekend as his ex. The obviousness of Stan's gambit isn't lost on their friends Jeff and Kara, who are in the middle of a breakup of their own. The two ex-lovers try to avoid each other during the weekend, but as one of the characters comments, Austin is a small city, and the pair do threaten to bump into each other, whether by coincidence or by design.
When focusing on the relationships among the four leads, Love and Air Sex works well enough. All four come close to becoming fully rounded characters, and the dialogue is witty enough to entertain. The characters send spiked sexual jabs at each other, while hiding the simmering frustration over lost relationships. Throughout the film, our heroes try some new relationships on for size, and while some of them blossom with probability, others are a halted by old yearnings. Poyser shows a intimate understanding of the awkwardness and comedy of damaged romances, and how admitting one's true feelings can sometimes feel like a herculean labor.
The other half of the title, the "Air Sex," is unfortunately, where the film falls apart. First, let's back up and explain what "Air Sex" actually is: a very real competition where participants are tasked with creating explicit and racy sexual scenarios with a disembodied partner (think air guitar, but with more pelvic thrusts). These sessions of sexual "air-tercourse" get as obscene and vulgar as all get out. But the worst thing about these routines isn't that they're too perverse (and they are pretty perverse), but that they're hardly ever funny or entertaining, and that's a huge fault considering the idea takes up half the title. Jeff uses Air Sex as a scheme to get free beer (the winner of the local Air Sex competition gets to drink free for a year), but it's really an emotional pick-me-up after his break up from Kara. These epic sexual pantomimes go on for minutes at a time and quickly grow annoying. What might have been chuckle worthy sight-gag is ballooned into half of the film's focus, and the Air Sex side plot becomes completely obnoxious as the film grinds into its final act. The biggest crime is that all the time focusing on the Air Sex competition robs the film of time it could have used to put the main characters into better focus. Unless you enjoy sexual wordplay like "Hugh G. Rection" or "F**kasaurus Sex," and a lot of air humping, you might spend much of these sequences rolling your eyes.
Love and Air Sex is a deeply confused film. It wants to be a raunchy comedy and a heartfelt indie romance, but it's constantly weighed down by trying to serve both masters. What's left is a Frankenstein-like mess of a creature that resembles a pleasant romantic comedy sloppily sewed into a terrible raunchy bore. The results are sometimes charming, sometimes groan-inducing, and full of wasted promise.
Movie veteran Bruce Dern has revealed late Peter O'toole's epic portrayal of T.e. Lawrence in David Lean's Lawrence Of Arabia inspired him to become a better actor. In a new The Hollywood Reporter essay, Dern reveals he caught the film four years into his career and it set off a fire inside him to seek out the best work available to a character actor.
He writes, "All my life, I've been fascinated by people that get s**t done. T.E. Lawrence got stuff done. And the movie is just about perfect in every single category: lighting, camera, clothing, script, story, performances. There was an intermission, and it was worth the wait. I couldn't wait until the second half.
"What shocked me was, the first thing they shot for the movie was the beginning of the second half, the arrival of Lawrence with his bodyguards. Those guys, who look like the baddest a**es that ever lived, came in on horses and camels. Peter O'Toole's got the white garb on, and you realize he's a guy who's got some homies that can play.
"I was overwhelmed by the opera of Lawrence of Arabia. I couldn't sit through an opera, but I sure as hell could sit through that film.
"What's great is the time it takes to develop the character in front of your eyes, so you see the beginning, middle and end of relationships. It's fabulous for a film of that size... Lawrence of Arabia was the first time I'd seen character analysis with the camera in front of your eyes."
And he can only hope O'Toole is watching his acclaimed new film Nebraska with a smile: "If there's anything I'm proud about in Nebraska, it's that it's hard to see the work going on. In Lawrence, there's something going on - it's there. It's about life. Watching that old generation like Lean and O'Toole, that knowledge, that excitement, that passion infects you and infects you in a good way. You want to make 'em proud, even though they're not here anymore."
O'Toole died on 14 December (13), aged 81.
The ashes of acting icon Peter O'toole are set to be scattered in his birthplace of Connemara, Ireland. The Lawrence of Arabia star died on 14 December (13), aged 81, and he was mourned at a funeral in London last weekend (21Dec13).
His body was cremated and now his daughter, Kate, reveals they will be taking his remains back to Connemara to a final resting place, according to Herald.ie.
She says, "We're bringing him home. It's what he would have wanted."
The ashes will be scattered near O'Toole's hilltop retreat, which he purchased in the 1970s and boasts views of the Eyrephort peninsula.
O'Toole was born in Connemara, but his birth was registered in Leeds, England, where his parents moved to when he was a baby.
Leslie Phillips was devastated when he heard Peter O'toole had died as he was due to visit his old friend later that day. The British actor had scheduled a meeting to catch up with his pal after hearing of his recent ill health, but he was too late.
Phillips explains to Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper, "He was a very private person though and we fell out of contact for a while. That happens with people in this industry. Then recently I read that he had been unwell. I made plans to go and see him, but the day I was supposed to go they told me it was too late because he had died. That came as a great shock to me."
The Lawrence Of Arabia star died on 14 December (13) at the age of 81.
Acting legend Peter O'toole was laid to rest at a funeral in London on Saturday (21Dec13). The Lawrence Of Arabia star passed away on 14 December(13) at the age of 81, and he was mourned at a funeral in the British capital.
The service, attended by his ex-wife, Welsh actress Sian Phillips, took place at Golders Green Crematorium in north London, and was followed by a wake at the late actor's home. Attendees included pop star Sting and Alabama 3.
During the funeral, O'Toole's daughter Kate addressed the congregation and said of her father, "The world has lost a great actor, but I'm not concerned with that. I simply have lost a great dad and the best friend I ever had. Daddy made me laugh more than anyone else I have ever met in my life."
British actor Leslie Phillips has married for the third time at the age of 89. The former Carry On funnyman tied the knot with his fiancee, social worker Zara Carr, at a registry office in Mayfair, London on Friday (20Dec13), in front of just two witnesses.
The bride and groom, who appeared to have a growth on his nose, then celebrated the union with 40 friends and family for a blessing at a church near the star's home.
The ceremony took place less than a week after becoming engaged - Phillips proposed to Carr, 50, following the death of his friend Peter O'Toole last Saturday (14Dec13).
He said, "I realised I don't have much time and want to make the most of it. Zara is a wonderful woman, who not only looks good but has an amazing brain. I love her very much."
Phillips was previously married to Bond girl Angela Scoular, who committed suicide, aged 65, in April, 2011. He originally met Carr over 10 years ago, but they bonded as she helped him overcome Scoular's death.
The star split from his first wife, Penny Bartley, in 1965.
British actor Leslie Phillips is set to marry again at the age of 89. The funnyman proposed to his girlfriend, social worker Zara Carr, following the death of his friend Peter O'Toole on Saturday (14Dec13).
He says, "I realised I don't have much time and want to make the most of it. Zara is a wonderful woman, who not only looks good but has an amazing brain. I love her very much."
Phillips' wedding plans come two years after his second wife, Bond girl Angela Scoular, committed suicide aged 65 in April, 2011.
The star split from his first wife, Penny Bartley, in 1965.