Ellen created quite the social media surge with her celebrity filled selfie. This photo is still being talked about days after the show and continues to shatter twitter records. The picture garnered a whopping 2.7 million retweet(s at the writing of this article) and did temporarily crash the twitter servers.
In my opinion the biggest surprise of the evening was Matthew McConaughey’s Best Actor win. That is not to say he didn’t give an outstanding performance in the Dallas Buyer’s Club. He did. However, with the social media campaigns pushing for a Leonardo Dicaprio win, and the other outstanding performances by actors such as Bruce Dern and Chiwetel Ejiofor I think the media coverage of his performance had fallen in the shadows.
Now that the Hollywood award season has come to a close we begin to look forward to next year. There are some films that are already garnering Oscar buzz for next years show. These predictions may be entirely premature but perhaps if we look out for them now we may have a chance of actually seeing the entirety of Oscar nominated pictures.
Unbroken, Angelina Jolie’s sophomore director credit is about an Olympic runner turned soldier and his experience in a WWII POW camp.
Interstellar, This film starring Matthew McConaughey as worm hole discovering scientist could gain Christopher Nolan his first Best Director nod from the Academy.
Exodus, A Biblical epic premiering late in the year, starring Christian Bale, and directed by Ridley Scott has Oscar written all over it and would be a justifiable acknowledgement of the many Bible based movies coming out this year.
The Grand Budapest Hotel has already premiered in much of Europe. With an all-star cast and twice nominated writer/director Wes Anderson this movie has already legitimately generated Oscar buzz.
The Hobbit: There and Back Again, with the third and final installment of this journey to Middle-Earth the academy may finally make the effort to recognize this film series.
Keep an eye out for the films listed above. Watch for technical quality, great performances, and new and unique ideas. And remember to have fun at the cinema.