With the curtain falling on last night’s Oscars, the 2014 film Award season came to a close – so what better time to look back on the highs and lows of the last two months of red carpet hustle and bustle?
At the Golden Globes
Things kicked off in January with the Golden Globes where 12 Years a Slave claimed Best Motion Picture (drama) and made itself favourite for the BAFTAs and Oscars. American Hustle claimed Best Motion Picture (musical or comedy) and Best Actress (musical or comedy) for Amy Adams. Meanwhile, critically acclaimed TV drama Breaking Bad also got its fair share of the limelight with lead actor Bryan Cranston winning Best Actor in a TV series (drama).
Leonardo DiCaprio fans were also pleased to see him scoop the Best Actor in a motion picture (musical or comedy) award for the Wolf of Wall Street. This gave hope that this might finally be his Oscar year – sadly this was not the case.
Straight from the red carpet into the pages of Heat magazine went Jared Leto’s revelation that he waxed his private parts, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler explaining that the film Gravity was "the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age", and Jacqueline Bisset’s extra-long journey to the podium, followed by a long stretch of not knowing what to say before refusing to leave the podium and starting to swear – nice!
At the BAFTAs
February brought us the BAFTAs and the wonderfully dry and articulate Stephen Fry. Again the major accolades went to 12 Years a Slave and Gravity, but perhaps this ceremony will be better remembered for Tinie Tempah high-fiving Prince William as he continues his ascent from the pages of NME magazine to those of Tatler.
At the Oscars
Finally the Oscars arrived. Unsurprisingly, 12 Years a Slave claimed the Best Picture award once more and best director went to Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity. American Hustle walked away empty handed, despite being nominated for 10 categories, while Matthew McConaughey followed up his rave reviews in Empire Magazine with the top honour.
Awards aside, our favourite moments captured online and in the magazines included Meryl Streep shimmying with Pharell Williams, host Ellen DeGeneres taking a selfie with a gaggle of Hollywood A-listers, Lupita Nyong’o’s moving acceptance speech and Steve McQueen’s leaps of joy after accepting the award for Best Picture.
Red carpet winners
These ladies have clearly got a Vogue magazine subscription as they effortlessly nailed their red carpet looks…and the fashion awards go to:
Amy Adams – the American Hustle star stood out beautifully in a stunning red Valentino halter gown at the Golden Globes
Cate Blanchett – winning the Oscar for Best Actress for Blue Jasmine wasn’t enough for the Australian. She dazzled still further with a gorgeous nude Armani gown complete with silver beaded detail.
Lupita Nyong’o – Lupita looked breath-taking in a pale blue Prada Grecian-style gown to which she commented 'It's a blue that reminds me of the Nairobi sky.'
Red carpet losers
Ladies that would benefit from an Elle subscription for some much-needed fashion advice included:
Julia Roberts – even flashing her million dollar smile couldn’t eclipse the faux pas which was the Pretty Woman’s Golden Globe Dolce and Gabbana black and white failure
Sandra Bullock – usually hitting the nail on the head with every red carpet look, the Gravity star had a rare misstep in a Prabal Gurung tricolor gown at the Golden Globes
And the final word comes again from Empire Magazine, commenting, “THAT'S IT! That feels like a fair result: Gravity sweeps the technical categories and Cuaron takes Best Director, which feels perfectly deserved. 12 Years A Slave sees breakthrough star Lupita Nyong'o awarded and takes Best Picture as perhaps the most weighty of the bunch, and the Acting awards go to, well, everyone we predicted.”