The Oscars were held this past Sunday, where stars and first-timers alike gathered to see who was the best in cinema this year. Ellen Degeneres hosted the show, opening with a celebrity-roast, all in good fun. The Hollywood of the South was even represented for scenes filmed in the movie Prisoners. Although it did not take home the Academy Award for its nomination in cinematography, the citizens of Newton County cheered on the movie that features the Mill from home. Big winner of the night was Gravity, taking home seven Oscars.
Best Supporting Actress was a big category, with Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong’o as the two most popular front runners for the award. Lupita’s role in 12 Years a Slave came out on top, giving a graceful speech, reminding everyone that the joy and honor she was receiving was due to her character, Patsy’s, agony. Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor for his role as a trans-gender AIDs patient in Dallas Buyers Club, with his speech dedicated to his mother and the countless individuals who have suffered from the terrible disease. Cate Blanchett took home the coveted Best Actress Oscar for her part as a New York socialite in Blue Jasmine. She looked beautiful in an Armani gown that matched her skin tone.
Finally, Matthew McConaughey took home the Academy Award for Best Actor. The actor lost 40 pounds to portray his role as a pharmaceutical-drug-smuggling electrician helping fellow AIDs victims. 12 Years a Slave took home the honor of Best Picture, with Steven McQueen as the director and Brad Pitt a producer and actor in the film. The campaign to have Sarah Jones’s name added to the memoriam section was a success, which made all of Hollywood cheer. Overall, the night was a success, with only a few botched names and mishaps. Ellen even successfully got the most retweets ever on a photo of the hottest celebs at the Oscars. Hopefully next year the Hollywood of the South will have even more Oscar connections! Until then!