BY ASHLEY PERRONE
The 86th annual Academy Awards took place on March 2nd, seducing 43 million viewers. It was a night filled with pizza, selfies, and the mispronunciation of Idina Menzel’s name. Ellen DeGeneres hosted a wonderful ceremony, and many well-deserved actors and actresses received an Oscar.
A few weeks ago, the Talon conducted an Oscars poll to see who the students of St. Joseph’s thought should win. Seeing the results and comparing it to the actual winners was very interesting. In the poll, a majority of students wanted “The Wolf of Wall Street” to win Best Picture. This movie was a popular pick among the younger crowd, perhaps because of their love for Leonardo DiCaprio. The Oscar, though, was handed to the moving film, “12 Years a Slave.” In reality, “The Wolf of Wall Street” was not the favorite to win; the race was between “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity.” In the end, a well-deserved “12 Years a Slave” took home the highest honor.
In the Best Actor category, “The Wolf of Wall Street” star Leonardo DiCaprio again gained the most votes in the student poll. Unfortunately, DiCaprio didn’t take home the Oscar; Matthew McConaughey earned the award for his magnificent portrayal of a dying drug dealer with AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Also, Jared Leto won for his supporting role in “Dallas Buyers Club” as an HIV-positive transgender woman. Ideally, the Academy seems to favor actors who totally transform themselves into their characters which is exactly what McConaughey and Leto did.
According to the student poll, Sandra Bullock earned the most votes in the Best Actress category for her role in “Gravity.” While “Gravity” swept the technical award categories, Bullock did not win the acting award. That award went to “Blue Jasmine” star Cate Blanchett, who was the favorite to win.
The Supporting Actress category was a tight race this year. Jennifer Lawrence, who got the most votes in this poll, and Lupita Nyong’o were both the favorites to win this year. In the end, “12 Years a Slave” starlet Lupita Nyong’o took home the award for her first movie role.
The Oscar for Best Director was an easy win for Alfonso Cuarón, who directed the action-packed film, “Gravity.” This was one of seven awards “Gravity” earned that night. In our poll, Martin Scorsese received the most votes for “The Wolf of Wall Street.”