Well, that's about it from us. For the parochial among us, it's been a pretty amazing Oscars, the most successful ever by Australians with three wins: Catherine Martin (best costume design for The Great Gatsby), Martin again with Beverley Dunn (production design for Gatsby) and Cate Blanchett (best actress, Blue Jasmine).
Bad luck but well played David Clayton (visual effects for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) and Michael Wilkinson (costume design, American Hustle).
Of course, none of us has done anything to warrant a share of your glory but, to hell with it, we'll bask in it anyway.
Until next time. We hope you've enjoyed.
It's been a blast.
Oscars 2014: Ellen DeGeneres hosts winners, performers
Actors Emma Watson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt present the Oscar for visual effects to Gravity. Photo: Reuters
Oh, and one more dispatch from the winners' rostrum. Brad Pitt has won his first Oscar, as a producer of best picture 12 Years A Slave. It will be all smiles chez Brangelina tonight, you'd imagine, with Angelina Jolie also collecting an honorary Oscar for her humanitarian work.
WOW! "12 Years a Slave" Best Picture of the Year! My friends, I believe this is on the best films ever made. A work of powerful art. Genius.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) March 3, 2014
And for those who are keeping count, here's a look at the losers' circle:
American Hustle: zero wins from 10 nominations
Captain Phillips: zero from six
Nebraska: zero from six
The Wolf of Wall Street: zero from five
Philomena: zero from four
Oh, and poor Leo DiCaprio, who has now been nominated for four acting Oscars without a single win. And just to rub salt in the wounds, he was also up for a best picture Oscar as one of the producers of The Wolf of Wall Street. Bummer.
Leonardo DiCaprio on the red carpet. Photo: Getty Images
Let's do a quick tally. Of the big contenders, 12 Years a Slave wins three from nine, including best picture, supporting actress and adapted screenplay; Gravity gets seven from 10, including best director and a raft of technical awards, including cinematography and score; Dallas Buyers Club got best actor and supporting actor and hair and make-up, giving it three from six nominations.
As often happens in a year crowded with good films, it's a split field, though Alfonso Cuaron can go home with his head held very high tonight.
With the possible exception of Christian Bale being cruelly overlooked for a strikingly good performance in American Hustle, I'm inclined to think they got it about right this time around.
What do you think?
Philippa Hawker: American Hustle's zero wins from 10 nominations is not the biggest shut-out. That's a record shared by The Colour Purple (Steven Spielberg) and The Turning Point (Herbert Ross) with zero from 11.
Another selfie from Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres.
One more talking point: having conspicuously avoided all mention of her writer-director at the BAFTAs last month, best actress winner Cate Blanchett took the bold step of muttering the words "Woody Allen" into her microphone while accepting the award. It was greeted neither with a thunderous chorus of approval nor with howls of derision, but rather with a muted smattering of polite applause. The jury remains out on Woody, it seems, but Our Cate appears once again to have steered a perfect course through the seas of intranquility.
Oscar winner Jared Leto has taken to Twitter to show his appreciation.
Let's take a moment and spare a thought for David O. Russell: last year, his Silver Linings Playbook was nominated for eight Oscars and won just one, Jennifer Lawrence's well-deserved best actress gong. This year he went one better. American Hustle was up for 10 awards, and collected a big fat zero. For what it's worth, I loved the film, and thought it much better than the melodrama of Silver Linings. My hot vein of form continues.
If the 12 Years a Slave director is babbling this much and talking this quickly now, imagine what he'll be like at 3am at the Vanity Fair after party.
So that's it, 12 Years a Slave gets best picture, thus proving the Academy voters are not racists (per Ellen's opening remarks), and giving Steve McQueen the opportunity to deliver one of the least coherent speeches in living memory.
12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen and producer and star Brad Pitt embrace after winning the Oscar for best picture. Photo: Getty Images
Wow. What a moment for a tech meltdown. Sorry for the lag, everyone.
Matthew McConaughey speech is a good-natured, God-bothering egotistical ramble.
"There's three things I need every day," he says. "Something to look up to, something to look forward to, and something to chase."
He looks up to God, he tells us, and appears to be auditioning for some as yet-unannounced Billy Graham biopic. He looks forward to his family. He chases his hero. tells us that's him, 10 years from now.
Call me churlish, but I like him a little less at the end of that speech than I did at the beginning. Despite the Dazed and Confused nod there with his "all right, all right, all right".
Matthew McConaughey accepts the Oscar from Jennifer Lawrence. Photo: Getty Images
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street
Winner: 12 Years a Slave
Trailer: 12 Years a Slave
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York is abducted and sold into slavery.PT2M24S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2yqa7 620 349 December 4, 2013
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
Winner: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Trailer: Dallas Buyers Club
In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.PT3M0S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-321cj 620 349 February 5, 2014
And here's Jennifer Lawrence, walking across the stage without tripping over. Is there nothing this woman can't do?
Big plug there for the Sydney Theatre Company. Get on the phone and get those season tickets, kids; they'll be gone in minutes.
We are bursting with pride! Congrats Cate! #Oscars2014— SydneyTheatreCompany (@SydneyTheatreCo) March 3, 2014
#CateBlanchett keepin it real, keepin it classy, keepin it Aussie. Well done lady! I hope we realize how lucky we are to have her!— Magda Szubanski (@MagdaSzubanski) March 3, 2014
Thrilled for the uber-talented Cate Blanchett. We had the pleasure of flying to&from Australia with her and she could not have been nicer.— Steve Levitan (@SteveLevitan) March 3, 2014
CATE BLANCHETT wins BEST ACTRESS for BLUE JASMINE! She's so crazy talented and pretty. And her husband's a normal guy. I like her. #SMoscars— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) March 3, 2014
"Sit down, you're too old to be standing," Cate starts, and if they could take that statue back I bet they would.
Cate Blanchett collects her second Oscar from six nominations. Photo: Getty Images
Anyone notice the thematic similarity of the clips? Three of them - Cate, Meryl and Sandra - are shown having tantrums. Hmmm.
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Winner: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Last year's best actor winner Daniel Day-Lewis is up to intro the best actress nominees. Is this Cate's big moment?
With the 45-second mark looming, Alfonso gives his many thanks in Spanish. Twenty years from now, the whole ceremony will probably be delivered the same way.
Cuaron gives Sidney a homebuy handshake. Right-on.
He says making Gravity was a transformative experience, "but what sucks is that while for many people that transformation was wisdom, for me it was just the colour of my hair".
Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron collects the Oscar from Angelina Jolie. Photo: Getty Images
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
Winner: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
At 87, Sidney is looking good but sounding frauil. There's a lot of love in the room for him.
Angelina Jolie, left, and Sidney Poitier. Photo: Getty Images
Angelina Jolie and Sidney Poitier take the stage to present. If you were trying to read the tealeaves you'd say this is a sure sign 12 Years will win best picture.
OK, just four awards to go and you'd have to conclude that David O. Russell's American Hustle looks set for the big cold shoulder. If anyone has a chance of grabbing something, you'd have to go for Christian Bale. Cate Blanchett is surely a lock for best actress and either Martin Scorsese of Alfonso Cuaron for best director. But hell, with my form so far, I wouldn't take my word for any of it.
Oh, and this is good. Spike Jonze wins best original screenplay for Her. It's nice when the voters get it right.
Spiiiiiiiiiike!!! :)— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) March 3, 2014
So stoked Spike Jonze won best original screenplay for Her. Such an amazing film.— Abigail Breslin (@yoabbaabba) March 3, 2014
SPIKE JONES wins BEST SCREENPLAY for HER! Loved this flick. He's always been a great director, but he CRUSHED as a writer on this. #SMoscars— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) March 3, 2014
Some criticism of the Oscar for best song.
Don't get me wrong the "Frozen"song was good but My brother PHARRELL got ROBBED!— Ludacris (@Ludacris) March 3, 2014
Genuinely generous acceptance speech from John Ridley. His script supervisor on the sitcom he started out on, Martin, gets a big thank you, but it's Solomon Northup, author of the 1853 autobiography 12 Years A Slave, who gets the biggest nod. "The are his words," he says. Damn right.
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
Winner: Spike Jonze, Her
Big cheers for Philomena in the best adapted screenplay category. Still baffling that Before Midnight is considered an adapted work, simply because it's a sequel.
Before Midnight - Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and 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
Winner: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
The flattest joke in Oscar history just keeps on keeping on. Ellen has Pharrell's hat, is begging for money to pay for the pizzas. Lupita Nyong'o tosses in her lip balm. Hell, she's an Oscar winner now; that's probably worth a couple of grand.
Love that ad for Nebraska on Nine during the break. The daytime telly audience is probably about the same average age as the cast: that's targeted marketing for you.
That might be a first: a pitch for a sequel during an acceptance speech. "Happy Oscars to you, let's do Frozen 2."
Happy (Despicable Me 2), Pharrell Williams
Let It Go (Frozen), Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
The Moon Song (Her), Karen O and Spike Jonze
Ordinary Love (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Paul Hewsom, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen
Winner: Let It Go (Frozen), Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Best song is up now. I'd love to see Karen O win it but my money is on Happy.
Ellen's selfie continues to do the rounds on Twitter. This post by Kevin Spacey has been favourited more than 1000 times.
Look, don't come down too hard on me if I've lost track but by my calculations that is six wins from seven for Gravity. Is this film now as unstoppable as a disintegrating space station on re-entry? Or is it about to burn up to nothing?
The Book Thief - John Williams
Gravity - Steven Price
Her - William Butler and Owen Pallett
Philomena - Alexandre Desplat
Saving Mr Banks - Thomas Newman
Winner: Steven Price, Gravity
Jamie Foxx and Jessica Biel present best original score, and he starts by observing that "a great score will blow ... your mind". It's almost enough to blow ... a hole in Biel's concentration. She recovers, though, and keeps on track even while he does Chariots of Fire or some such in the background.
Another best song nominee, and the only big Broadway-style number among them. Idina Menzel, the original Elpheba from Wicked, does Let It Go from Frozen and dear God I wish she would.
And here's John Travolta, who looks like he's been double-dipping with Goldie in the fountain of youth. Can the man even blink any more?
Goldie Hawn presenting. Is this some sort of Oscars first, a mother and daughter (Kate Hudson) presenting in the same ceremony? Goldie looks seriously scary; is there a cryogenic chamber behind her?
It's always a mawkish part of the ceremony, but it's hard not to be moved a little by the roll call of departed talent. Especially when they go young.
Here's the explanation: Bette Midler wanted to hog all the applause for herself.
Philippa Hawker: RIP Alain Resnais, the great French filmmaker, whose death has just been announced. He was 91. Resnais fans have another film to look forward to, The Life Of Riley.
Glenn Close, in a sheath of black, intros the In Memoriam segment. For once they don't play Memories, and let us give thanks for that. Paul Walker passes without a ripple, so too Peter O'Toole and Saul Zaentz and Joan Fontaine. If Phillip Seymour Hoffman doesn't garner some applause there's only one explanation: the audience is under strict instructions not to clap until the whole thing is over. No playing favourites with the dead.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jennifer Garner present best production design. It goes to Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn for The Great Gatsby. This is Dunn's first award, but it is Martin's fourth from six nominations. And with that, she becomes the most successful Australian in Oscar history, passing Orry-Kelly's three wins (all for costume design). Congratulations to her, and to Baz and all who worked on that great sparkly beast of a film.
Australians Beverley Dunn, left, and Catherine Martin accept their Oscars for production design and set decoration for The Great Gatsby. Photo: Getty Images
Ellen is out again dressed as Glinda the good fairy from Wicked (I think), and this one does deserve a cheer. It's outrageous.
Ellen as Glinda from The Wizard of Oz. Photo: Getty Images
American Hustle - Judy Becker and Heather Loeffler
Gravity - Andy Nicholson, Rose Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
The Great Gatsby - Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn
Her - K.K. Barrett and Gene Serdena
12 Years a Slave - Adam Stockhauden and Alice Baker
Winner: Catherine Martin (Production Design) and Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration), The Great Gatsby
So, there were 24 awards to be handed out in this ceremony and with just nine to go, Gravity is streaks ahead, with five in teh bag. But they're all in the technical categories, so there's no guarantee that past performance is an indicator of future results (as they say in the fine print).
Elijah Wood is one of several stars to tweet their endorsement of Lupita Nyong'o's win for best supporting actress.
So happy for @Lupita_Nyongo winning for 12 Years A Slave. A beautiful and unforgettable portrayal of a strong yet sensitive soul.— Emile Hirsch (@EmileHirsch) March 3, 2014
@Lupita_Nyongo congratulations. what a beautiful speech.— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) March 3, 2014
Somewhere Over The Rainbow ... Pink performs during the Wizard of Oz tribute. Photo: Getty Images
Four-time Oscar host Whoopi Goldberg shows off her red shoes as she intros a tribute to the 75th anniversary of The Wizardof Oz. Though Liza Minnelli is in the audience, as are Lorna Luft and Joey Luft, Judy Garland's kids aren't called upon to sing. Instead, it's Alicia Moore, better known as Pink. She does a creditable version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow. I'm just waiting for her hubbie Carey Hart to come zooming across the stage on an extreme Moto-X broomstick.
Even if he wins nothing else, Alfonso Cuaron isn't going home empty-handed. He's won best editing for Gravity, with Mark Sanger. He doesn't get to say a word, though, as the orchestra kicks in after Sanger's acceptance speech. Maybe Alfie is counting on having another shot later.
Garry Maddox: Best cinematography makes four Oscars for Gravity. Sweeping the technical categories as expected, but how much will its technical brilliance count when it comes to best picture?
Philippa Hawker: Roger Deakins will have to wait another year. Emmanuel Lubezki is a worthy winner.
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
Winner: Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger, Gravity
The Grandmaster - Philippe Le Sourd
Gravity - Emmanuel Lubezki
Inside Llewyn Davis - Bruno Delbonnel
Nebraska - Phedon Papamichael
Prisoners - Roger A. Deakins
Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Nice little on-the-fly shout-out from Bill Murray to Harold Ramis. Like it.
A modestly dressed Amy Adams and a startlingly wizened-looking Bill Murray present best cinematography. Man, he could do with soem Vaseline on the lens.
A sneak look at the futuristic (circa 1965) future home of the Academy. Weird.
OK. Here's the pizza gag pay-off. Meryl takes a slice, so does Julia Roberts, Leo DiCaprio declines, Jared and Harrison take some She tries to hit Harvey Weinstein up for the tip. "No pressure, there's only a billion people watching."
Seriously, the only winner here appears to be the pizza chain, Big Mama's and Papa's.
Hungry? Ellen DeGeneres hands out the pizza slices. Photo: Getty Images
First big win of the night for 12 Years a Slave. "So much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else's," she notes of her poor terrorised slave girl Patsey.
Astonishingly, it's the film debut for the Yale graduate, who was born in Mexico City of Kenyan parents in 1983. Even more astonishingly, she's 31. Expect sales of whatever moisturiser she's using to go through the roof.
A jubilant Lupita Nyong'o with her Oscar for best supporting actress. Photo: Getty Images
I love this guy. Christoph Waltz intros the best supporting actress nominees. Lupita Nyong'o is clearly the crowd fave for 12 Years A Slave.
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska
Winner: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
All Is Lost
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Another technical award for Gravity, for sound mixing, and again it's well deserved. Is this a portent of a big night for the film, or consolation for missing out on the big awards to come later on?
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
There's a compendium tech and scientific awards wrap-up and mna, it looks like an especially awesome epsiode of Mythbusters. I could watch a whole hour of helicams and flipping cars and all the rest of it. Then again, I could watch plenty of Charlize Theron too. She's presenting the sound award with one of those Hemsworth boys. Is it Thor or James Hunt; damn, it's hard to tell.
Garry Maddox: While Catherine Martin was favoured by many Hollywood pundits to win best costumes for The Great Gatsby, that endorsement by Academy voters suggests Martin has an excellent chance for best production design with Beverley Dunn as well. They are up against Gravity, American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave and Her.
Now she's taking a meta-mega-selfie with Meryl and Bradley and Jen and ... aw, who knows? I'm just waiting for the pizza to arrive.
What a meta-moment. Ellen takes a selfie with Liza Minnelli. How long till that's doing the rounds? Like here, for example?
Baz Luhrmann has tweeted his support for wife Catherine Martin, who collected her third Oscar earlier in the ceremony. She's also up for production design for her work on The Great Gatsby, sharing the nomination with Beverley Dunn (set decoration).
Ellen reappears dressed all in white. It gets a big yell, and she treats the response with all the respect it deserves. "New clothes." Yup.
She introduces a man who needs no introduction but who gets one anyway. Brad Pitt. He introduces U2, who do an appealingly stripped-back MTV Unplugged-style acoustic take on their song Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. There's nowhere to hide, and despite a few wobbly notes from Bono it's pretty impressive and draws a standing ovation from the crowd. Given their average age, perhaps we should be applauding them for still being able to get to their feet so quickly.
Impressive: U2 perform a stripped-back version of Ordinary Love. Photo: Getty Images
What are the presenters getting up to behind the scenes?
Now here's a man you're unlikely to see on the nominees list any time soon: Tyler Perry. He's introducing two best picture nominees pretty unlikely to play all that well to his key demo, you'd guess: Nebraska and Her. Mind you, he gets Gravity too, and Tyler's many fans are likely to have given that the big floaty thumbs-up.
Of course, I meant The Great Beauty. Am I hearing things or did he thank Diego Maradona?
Best foreign film is introduced by foreigner Ewan McGregor and two-time nominee Viola Davis. The Hunt has to be the frontrunner here, surely.
Foreign Language Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Missing Picture
Winner: The Great Beauty
Trailer: The Great Beauty
The Great Beauty is Paolo Sorrentino's powerful and evocative tale of hedonism and lost love, and an extraordinary depiction of contemporary Rome - where life is a performance, and the city its stage.PT2M4S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-310ey 620 349 January 17, 2014
For a quick recap of the ceremony so far, check out our photo gallery below.
Oscars 2014: Ellen DeGeneres hosts winners, performers
Actors Emma Watson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt present the Oscar for visual effects to Gravity. Photo: Reuters
Spacey rattles off the honorary and humanitarian awards winners, including Angela Lansbury, Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin. Oh look, there's Our Geoffrey showering Lansbury with accolades. More, she wrote.
Two-time winner Kevin Spacey comes out and channels House of Cards' Francis Underwood. He is a card, and we love him for it.
First major boilover of the night, perhaps? The Act of Killing would have been the bold choice, 20 Feet From Stardom the safe and popular. Both worthy, and it's a nice touch to see Darlene Love get her chance in the spotlight. Not even the 45-second orchestra would dare try to drown her out!
The Act of Killing - Trailer
The Act of Killing is a devastating look at Indonesia's repressions of the 1960s. The documentary screens on July 28 and August 3 as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival.PT2M51S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2puak 620 349 July 12, 2013
Ellen wanders among the crowd - "hi Marty, hey Harrison" - and does a bit about ordering pizza for everyone. Not sure what the point of that was, and it falls a bit flat.
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
20 Feet From Stardom
Winner: 20 Feet From Stardom
Trailer: 20 Feet From Stardom
Back-up singers bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.PT2M44S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2xggz 620 349 November 13, 2013
And the winner of the least-seen category is ... best documentary short. As always, the contenders look well worth seeing. Who's for bringing back the old tradition of a short film before the main feature at the cinema? What? You'll have to speak up, my hearing aid's gone on the blink, sonny. Ah, you kids know nuthin'.
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
Winner: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Live Action Short Film
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have To Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem
Time for a spot of navel-gazing: is Kate Hudson channelling Amy Adams in that dress? She and Jason Sudeikis introduce best live action short film, and the winner is ...
Girls creator and compulsive tweeter Lena Dunham is swearing off social media for the Oscars.
Mad respect to committed live tweeters. Too distracting! I'm going to just LIVE (and read your tweets.)— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) March 3, 2014
But rest assured I'll be cryin tears of joy during the category that includes my beloved TV grandma June & the radiant dream known as Lupita— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) March 3, 2014
Word just in: that was Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend accompanying Karen O. Like I said, ecumenical place, the Oscars.
Former Disney star Zac Efron introduces former post-punk singer Karen O (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fame) to sing The Moon Song from Spike Jonze's Her (sung in the film by Scarlett Johansson). What an ecumenical place the Oscars is.
But David Clayton is pipped by Gravity. That's two Australians out of contention now, and one win. But surely no one will complain about Gravity winning in this category. Thoroughly deserved.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness
It's former child stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emma Watson, introducing best visual effects. Australian David Clayton is in with a shout for Peter Jackson's latest Hobbit film.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emma Watson. Photo: Getty Images
Ellen talks about the importance of hitting your mark; she's standing way off to the right of the screen. She introduces a woman who is no stranger, except to people who don't know her. It's Sally Field, introducing a tribute to "ordinary" heroes, this year's overarching Oscar ceremony theme. There's a small clip, as chance would have it, of Field herself in her Oscar-winning role in Norma Rae, alongside bits of Lincoln, Braveheart, Lawrence of Arabia. Clearly, ordinary is a pretty broad category.
Philippa Hawker: Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises is a wonderful film - sad that it's missed out for best animated feature.
Trailer: The Wind Rises
In what he says will be his last film, Hayao Miyazaki tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.PT2M18S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2zvaq 620 349 December 24, 2013
Big yell of support for the allegedly now-retired Hayao Miyazaki whose The Wind Rises is nominated for best animated feature, but it's Frozen that wins. As absolutely everyone predicted.
Australia's Catherine Martin accepts the Oscar for costume design. Photo: Getty Images
Philippa Hawker: With her win, Australia's Catherine Martin equals Orry-Kelly's count of three Oscars. She's up for one more, so she might surpass his record.
Animated Feature Film
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises
Fearless Anna sets off on an epic journey with rugged mountain man Kristoff to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.PT2M40S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2unu1 620 349 September 30, 2013
Matthew McConaughey and Kim Novak are announcing the best animated short award, and her face coud hardly be less animated. And that voice! At last the big fella has started to put a little weight back on; it was very hard to watch him wasting away in Dallas Buyers Club and not much easier in The Wolf of Wall Street, though that is a seriously funny turn in Scorsese's film. Small role, but it could easily have picked up a nomination.
Kim Novak and Matthew McConaughey. Photo: Getty Images
Animated Short Film
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
Winner: Mr Hublot
Ellen is doing her best to make sure no nominee goes home empty-handed; she hands Bradley Cooper, who lost out to Jared Leto for best supporting actor, some scratchies. I hope they're real.
Harrison Ford is on stage, describing best picture nominees American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club and Wolf of Wall Street as "riveting and raucous". He says it in this gravelly monotone that could put the world's greatest insomniac to sleep in a heartbeat. That is a skill, dude.
Bad luck for Michael Wilkinson, the other Australian nominated for best costume, for American Hustle. Really, Amy Adams's navel should get its own award for its performance in those outfits.
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
Winner: Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews, Dallas Buyers Club
Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson - or is it Laurence Fishburn? - take to the stage to present best costume. And it goes to Catherine Martin for The Great Gatsby; she pulls her acceptance speech from her bra – "a very Australian thing to do", she says, and promises "I'll be very short". She thanks her team, and of course "my incredible husband, Baz Luhrmann. He makes it all possible. He dreams the dream". Short but sweet.
Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson present the Oscar for best costume. Photo: Getty Images
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
Winner: Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby
Well, that was cute, and I'll be astonished if it doesn't win best song. Hell, even Bono was clapping (while no doubt wishing for the worst). Our Lady of Cate was up on her feet there, and so was Meryl. Let It Go from Frozen is Pharrell's stiffest competition, but only if eight-year-olds get to vote.
Oscar favourite: Pharrell Williams performs Happy from Despicable Me 2. Photo: Getty Images
Ellen DeGeneres is tweeting throughout the ceremony. That's ambitious!
Here comes the "phenomenally cool" Pharrell Williams and his hat to perform Happy, from Despicable Me 2, the first of the four songs nominated. Is that giant animated smiley face a throwback to Carrey's LSD gag or is that merely a happy coincidence?
Jim Carrey, the most animated actor in Hollywood, introduces a tribute segment for animation. He pays tribute to the "special kind of magic" that helps make elephants fly ... "LSD," he says. "I might be reading that wrong."
There are five Australians in with a chance for an Academy Award today, including Catherine Martin and Michael Wilkinson in the best costume design category. Martin, a two-time winner for Moulin Rouge, is up for The Great Gatsby (she's also nominated, with Beverley Dunn, for best production design for the film), while Wilkinson is nominated for American Hustle. Here, Garry Maddox takes a look at our chances in the single category in which Australians have been most successful – six wins from 16 nominations – while our sensational interactive looks at that stunning history in more detail.
"One of the nominees tonight is Her. And by Her, I mean Meryl Streep." This is her 18th nomination, for three wins. Given that ratio and the fact she won for The Iron Lady two years ago, she's not got a chance this time around.
"Anything could happen tonight. Possibility number one, 12 Years a Slave wins best picture. Possibility number two, you're all racists." You've gotta love this woman.
He's pretty, that Jared, but with that beard he's no Rayon. He pays a gentle, loving tribute to his high-school drop-out single mother, then somehow tries to extend the love to the popular uprising in Ukraine, his brother, the 30-something million victims of AIDS. Is it just me, or are you feeling a bit left out?
Best Supporting Actor
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
Winner: JARED LETO
Jared Leto pays tribute to his mother while accepting the Oscar for best supporting actor. Photo: Getty Images
First presenter is Anne Hathaway, living proof that winning an Oscar is no guarantee of popularity; this girl attracts haters like a piece of three-day-old meat attracts flies.
Judging by the applause, Jared Leto will win.
Garry Maddox: After a bright start by Ellen DeGeneres, I'm looking forward to seeing how the awards play out. I went for 12 Years A Slave but Gravity and American Hustle could easily win best picture. And there is plenty of interest from an Australian perspective.
You're all winners, Ellen says. Well, not all of you. Those of you who've won awards. Cute.
And we have action. A Tonight Show style intro as Ellen DeGeneres takes to the stage in a tux and starts on a monologue. Barkhad Abdi, nominated for best supporting actor in Captain Phillips, gets a shout-out. "He's from Somalia. He knows all about wine." Give it a moment. Let it breathe.
Ellen DeGeneres opens the Oscars ceremony. Photo: Getty Images
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has shared this pic of himself en route in tux.
The big kids are coming out to play. The hottest Australian actor on the planet right now (well, if you trust imdb's starmeter), Margot Robbie has tweeted a pic of herself getting ready for the Oscars.
So, according to our good friends over at Life and Style, who are live-blogging the red carpet, Jennifer Lawrence has tripped on her way into the ceremony. Last year, of course, she tripped on the way up the stairs to get her best actress award. I'm starting to think either this woman is seriously clumsy or she's a one-trip pony.
2014 Oscars: red carpet photos
Amy Adams arrives at the 2014 Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
If you want to play pick-the-winner at home or the office, why not print out our Oscars sweep sheet. Well, it's just a list of all the nominees with a little box for you to pick-and-tick your predictions, but it does the job.
Hello and welcome to our live Oscars blog. Over the next few hours we'll be bringing you the ceremony, the awads, the snubs and the SNAFUs (here's hoping) as it all unfolds.
To get you in the mood, take a look at Stephanie Bunbury's rundown on who should win, who will win and why. We can't promise she's got it right, but it's good fun.
Poll: This year's selection up for best picture at the Academy Awards ranges from slavery to space, which film do you think should take home the Oscar?
- 12 Years a Slave
- Dallas Buyers Club
- American Hustle
- Captain Phillips
- The Wolf of Wall Street
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