By Bruce Edwin
Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 were presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, were also televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Comedian Ellen DeGeneres hosted the show with great success, with many laughs by all. Reviews for the show were greatly positive.
The Academy Awards are the most glamorous of all of the awards events in Hollywood, and each year, brings out the biggest and sexiest stars. This year, the most beautiful actresses that had the best presentation on the red carpet this year are as follows:
1. Anne Hathaway. A phenomenal talent; singer, dancer, and actress, the charming Anne Hathaway always looks stunning. This year, she outdid her self with sheer elegance, with a timeless, classic image captured by Academy photographer Aaron Poole, on the front cover page of this issue of The Hollywood Sentinel, among more.
2. The beautiful and talented Emma Watson arrives for the live ABC Telecast of The 86th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California, photo credit: Aaron Poole / ©A.M.P.A.S. Once a talented child star from the Harry Potter series among more, Emma Watson has grown up into a classy beauty, looking particularly perfect with every detail down to hair and make up this Oscar night.
3. Naomi Watts always looks amazing. From her hair and make up, to her dress, to her classic beauty and charm, this world class talent, one of the greatest talents of our time, elevates Hollywood to its glory days of the golden age. She looked amazing this Oscar night.
4. Penelope Cruz is one of the finest actors of our time. Her artistic choices are noble, and her beauty, charm, and class is forever Hollywood. She looked great this year at The Oscars.
5. Jennifer Garner has got one of the best smiles in Hollywood. Sweet, charming, and always a classic beauty in Hollywood, the talented actress looked great for this years Oscars.
Bette Midler Performance
Two-time Oscar nominated actress and multiple Grammy Award winning singer Bette Midler performed for the first time on the Oscars. Bette Midler received Oscar nominations for Actress in a Leading Role for “For the Boys” and The Rose.” She has recorded 13 studio albums, the first of which, 1972’s “The Divine Miss M,” sold over a million copies and earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist. Bette Midler has gone on to sell over 30 million albums worldwide and win two additional Grammys for the songs “The Rose” (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance) and “Wind Beneath My Wings” (Record of the Year). She has been honored with three Emmy Awards and a special Tony Award in 1974 for her contribution to that year’s Broadway season. Her numerous starring film roles include “The First Wives Club,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and “Ruthless People,” Last year, Bette Midler portrayed the late Hollywood agent Sue Mengers in the hit Broadway production, “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers.”
Anne Hathaway Presentation
Oscar winner Anne Hathaway presented at this year’s Oscars, among many other stars. Anne Hathaway won last year’s Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in “Les Misérables.” She was previously nominated for her leading role in the 2008 film “Rachel Getting Married.” Anne Hathaway, who made her feature film debut in 2001’s “The Princess Diaries,” has starred in films including “Ella Enchanted,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” among more.
Daniel Day-Lewis Presentation
Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis also returned to present at this year’s Oscars. Winning for the title role in last year’s “Lincoln,” Daniel Day-Lewis has also been nominated for five Oscars in the lead actor category. His previous wins were for the 2007 film “There Will Be Blood” and 1989’s “My Left Foot.” He also received nominations for his starring roles in “Gangs of New York” (2002) and “In the Name of the Father” (1993).
Jennifer Lawrence Presentation
Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence returned to present at this year’s Oscars. Jennifer Lawrence took home the Oscar for her lead performance in “Silver Linings Playbook.” She was nominated this year for her supporting role in “American Hustle.” Previously, Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for her leading role in “Winter’s Bone.” Her other credits include “X-Men: First Class” and “The Hunger Games” series, among more.
The Oscar Award Winners
Best motion picture of the year
“12 Years a Slave” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers
Performance by an actor in a leading role
Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club”
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Jared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club”
Performance by an actress in a leading role
Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine”
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave”
Best animated feature film of the year
“Frozen” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
Achievement in cinematography
“Gravity” Emmanuel Lubezki
Achievement in costume design
“The Great Gatsby” Catherine Martin
Achievement in directing
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón
Best documentary feature
“20 Feet from Stardom” Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers
Best documentary short subject
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
Achievement in film editing
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
Best foreign language film of the year
“The Great Beauty” Italy
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
“Dallas Buyers Club” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
“Gravity” Steven Price
Achievement in production design
“The Great Gatsby” Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn
Best animated short film
“Mr. Hublot” Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
Best live action short film
“Helium” Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
Achievement in sound editing
“Gravity” Glenn Freemantle
Achievement in sound mixing
“Gravity” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
“12 Years a Slave” Screenplay by John Ridley
“Her” Written by Spike Jonze
Achievement in visual effects
“Gravity” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“Let It Go” from “Frozen,” Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
While all of the Oscar nominated and winning films were very deserving, one picture, Saving Mr. Banks, was too greatly over-looked this award season. With an endearing story, expert casting, great acting, and beautiful directing and cinematography, Saving Mr. Banks is an uplifting film about the triumph of the human spirit and the victory of the creative artist to leave a legacy for the world to share and see. It is a film that can be loved by all ages, is well worth greater recognition, and one that we highly recommend.
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