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No Hobbit joy at Oscars

American Hustle’s 10 nods got completely hustled and left empty-handbagged. Gravity did the biz for sheer volume, 12 Years picking off gongs for Best Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay and the big one.

Among the pre-show entertainment was a tweet from Empire: Wong Kar-Wai has apparently taken a selfie on the red carpet. It took five years and cost $85 million.

After Mr Hublot won Best Animated Short Film, The Guardian’s blogger tweeted advice that applied to plenty more titles: type it into Google you mostly just get stuff about Swiss watches. Think SEO, filmmakers.

The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug had three technical nods, for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and VFX.

Early in the proceedings, the VFX gong went to Gravity. Letteri’s eight nominations pale against Hobbit sound mixers Michael Semanick (10 nominations, 2 wins) and Christopher Boyes (14 nominations, 4 wins).

Producers can console themselves with the knowledge that Smaug opened #1 in Japan – the last major territory on the tour – taking US$3.4M, over a third more than An Unexpected Journey took there on its opening weekend.

From across the ditch, Catherine Martin has had a fair run through awards season, picking up a good number of awards for her efforts on Mr Martin’s The Great Gatsby. At the Academy bash she was again nominated for both Costume and Production Design and won both. Winning the first award of the evening and the third of her career, she became the most Oscared-up Aussie. She had a speech ready to go, stashed in her bra. “It’s a very Australian thing to do.”

Martin’s win started a bad run for the three Asian titles nominated. Almost the only Asian to make it to the stage was Sir Run Run Shaw, whose image turned up in the In Memoriam segment. Filipino-American Robert Lopez made it to the stage in person, to collect the gong for Best Song.

Gatsby beat The Grandmaster in the costume category before the Academy entirely predictably selected a European title for the subtitles gong and The Grandmaster then missed out on the cinematography gong to Gravity.

It does seems odd to award a cinematography Oscar for shooting a blue-screen but don’t allow mo-cap performances in the acting categories.

Australian interest extended to Cate Blanchett, who completed the hat-trick for the Aussie nominees.

Late in the evening – if not actually late in the proceedings – former Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais got in on the act, tweeting, “RT if you’d like me to host next year’s Oscars, drunk, without any rehearsals”.

The Oscar winners are (marked ***):

Best Picture
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club

*** 12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Actor In A Leading Role
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
*** Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Actress In A Leading Role
Amy Adams, American Hustle
*** Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Actor In A Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
*** Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Actress In A Supporting Role
*** Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
June Squibb, Nebraska
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

Animated Feature
*** Frozen
The Croods
The Wind Rises
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine

The Grandmaster, Philippe Le Sourd
***Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki
Inside Llewyn Davis, Bruno Delbonnel
Nebraska, Phedon Papamichael
Prisoners, Roger A. Deakins

Costume Design
American Hustle, Michael Wilkinson
The Grandmaster, William Chang Suk Ping
*** The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin
The Invisible Woman, Michael O’Connor
12 Years a Slave, Patricia Norris

American Hustle, David O. Russell
*** Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron
Nebraska, Alexander Payne
12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen
The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese

Documentary: feature
The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
Cutie and the Boxer, Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher
Dirty Wars, Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill
The Square, Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer
*** 20 Feet From Stardom, Nominees to be determined

Documentary: short subject
CaveDigger, Jeffrey Karoff
Facing Fear, Jason Cohen
Karama Has No Walls, Sara Ishaq
*** The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall, Edgar Barens

American Hustle, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
Captain Phillips, Christopher Rouse
Dallas Buyers Club, John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
*** Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger
12 Years a Slave, Joe Walker

Foreign Language Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium
*** The Great Beauty, Italy
The Hunt, Denmark
The Missing Picture, Cambodia
Omar, Palestine

Makeup And Hairstyling
*** Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Stephen Prouty
The Lone Ranger, Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

Music: Original Score
The Book Thief, John Williams
*** Gravity, Steven Price
Her, William Butler and Owen Pallett
Philomena, Alexandre Desplat
Saving Mr. Banks, Thomas Newman

Music: Original Song
Alone Yet Not Alone, from Alone Yet Not Alone
Happy, from Despicable Me 2
*** Let It Go, from Frozen, Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez
The Moon Song, from Her
Ordinary Love, from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Production Design
American Hustle, Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler
Gravity, Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
*** The Great Gatsby, Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn
Her, Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena
12 Years a Slave, Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker

Short Film: Animated
Feral, Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
Get a Horse!, Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
*** Mr. Hublot, Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
Possessions, Shuhei Morita
Room on the Broom, Max Lang and Jan Lachauer

Short Film: Live Action
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me), Esteban Crespo
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything), Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
*** Helium, Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?), Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
The Voorman Problem, Mark Gill and Baldwin Li

Sound Editing
All Is Lost, Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
Captain Phillips, Oliver Tarney
*** Gravity, Glenn Freemantle
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Brent Burge
Lone Survivor, Wylie Stateman

Sound Mixing
Captain Phillips, Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
*** Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
Inside Llewyn Davis, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
Lone Survivor, Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

Visual Effects
*** Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
Iron Man 3, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
The Lone Ranger, Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
Star Trek Into Darkness, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

Writing: Adapted screenplay
Before Midnight, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
Captain Phillips, Billy Ray
Philomena, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
*** 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley
The Wolf of Wall Street, Terence Winter

Writing: Original screenplay
American Hustle, Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen
Dallas Buyers Club, Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack
*** Her, Spike Jonze
Nebraska, Bob Nelson

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