It was a night for upsets, surprises and selfies at last night’s 86th Annual Academy Awards. With so many amazing and critically-acclaimed movies to choose from, which ones won and which ones walked away empty-handed? We’re glad you asked.
Gravity took home the most statues at the end of the night, seven in all, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón and a half-dozen other awards, mostly in technical categories like Best Cinematography or Best Film Editing. 12 Years a Slave came in second with three wins, in the traditionally prestigious categories, including the biggie: Best Picture. Lupita Nyong’o won Best Supporting Actress for her breathtaking work in that drama. Likewise Dallas Buyer’s Club took home three trophies, including wins for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, which went to Matthew McConaughey and his co-star Jared Leto. The major awards were rounded by Cate Blanchett’s win for her outstanding performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
12 Years A Slave’s third win came for Best Adapted Screenplay, while one of the year’s most original movies, Her, won – appropriately – the Best Original Screenplay award.
On the musical side, one of Gravity‘s seven awards was for Best Original Score courtesy of composer Steven Price. And the mega-smash hit “Let It Go” from Frozen beat out all contenders to take home Best Original Song. The ceremony was also filled with great performances of those nominated songs, as U2 did a stripped-down version of “Ordinary Love,” Idina Menzel gave a show-stopping rendition of “Let It Go,” Pharrell Williams revved up “Happy” by wading into the crowd to get stars dancing, and Karen O and Ezra Koenig slowed things down a bit with “The Moon Song” from Her.
Don’t forget – you can listen to the nominated songs and other music from this year’s award-winning movies in the Oscar Nominations 2014 playlist on the Music Unlimited service.
View all the winners and the rest of the nominees here. Haven’t seen all of them? That’s alright, they’ll be coming to the Video Unlimited service so you can enjoy them in the comfort of your own home.
Tagged: Oscars 2014
Every week, we round up some of the great new Featured Playlists you can find on the Music Unlimited web and mobile apps. Check out the latest below!
Great Oscar® Winning Songs
Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the Academy Awards is the Oscar for Best Original Song. That said, the biggest names in popular music have won them, from revolutionary talents such as Dylan and Eminem to elite songwriters such as Burt Bacharach and Henry Mancini. Where else but the Oscars can you have Three 6 Mafia and Barbra Streisand hanging out in the same winner’s circle?
Featuring: Eminem, The Swell Season, Bruce Springsteen
Put on your best threads and find a comfy spot on your sofa because the Oscars® are coming! That’s right, this Sunday (4pm PT/7pm ET) on ABC all eyes will be on Los Angeles to see what their favorite stars will be sporting on the red carpet, what films will dominate and which actors and actresses will walk away with all the hardware. To get you ready for the biggest night in movies, we’re calling out 10 of the nominated actors and actresses based on their star power and industry résumé.
Take a look at the list below and tell us who you think has the best chance to win. Also, don’t forget you can earn a $5 credit for every $20 spent on past and current Oscars® nominated films here.
- Julia Roberts (August: Osage County) – Best Actress in a Supporting Role
- Sandra Bullock (Gravity) – Best Actress in a Leading Role
- Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) – Best Actor in a Leading Role
- Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) – Best Actress in a Leading Role
- Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) – Best Actress in a Leading Role
- Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) – Best Actress in a Supporting Role
- Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) – Best Actor in a Leading Role
- Christian Bale (American Hustle) – Best Actor in a Leading Role
- Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) – Best Actor in a Supporting Role
- Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) – Best Actor in a Supporting Role
It’s an exciting week for new releases on PlayStation Store! Available now are new releases of Basement Crawl, a Tales of Symphonia Chronicles bundle, the nostalgia-packed PAC-MAN MUSEUM and much, much more!
Thief is now available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Step into the shoes of Garrett as he navigates narrow streets, grand cathedrals and traverses rooftops. As you move through the City and snatch objects, you’ll increase your thieving skills. Maybe you’ll enjoy stealing a little too much…
Nashville-based The Wild Feathers have had quite a ride since the release of their debut album last year. With their music straddling several genre lines, they’ve shared the stage with a variety of different artists, including blues prodigy Gary Clark Jr., Rock Stalwarts NEEDTOBREATHE & even the legends like Bob Dylan & Paul Simon. They are currently rounding out a North American tour with Jamestown Revival & Saints of Valory (dates below), wrapping up next week in LA before heading to Europe. Don’t worry, they’ll be back for a handful of shows in April & May, including a slot at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival. Speaking of country, they are appearing tonight as themselves on the hit ABC show Nashville, performing the single,
This busy band sent us over a list of some of their essential tour tracks, including current hits from artists like CHVRCHES & influences like Ryan Adams. Listen to the whole thing here.
North American Tour Playlist
Godzilla: “You’re not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a natural disaster. You’re lying! It was not an earthquake, it wasn’t a typhoon because what’s really happening is you’re hiding something out there!”
Watch more mass destruction by a giant, walking lizard: Godzilla (1998), Cloverfield
Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.
- The long-awaited return of alt-rock icon Beck, a companion album to his softer, intricate 2002 album, Sea Change.
- ScHoolboy Q’s third album, the first under a major label, that includes collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Tyler, The Creator & more.
- The 7th album from Dierks Bentley, largely influenced by the death of his father and birth of a son after his last album in 2012.
- The Fray’s 4th album, which departs from their predominately piano-driven past and infuses a wall of synth & electronic elements.
New Albums Available This Week [2/25/14]:
Beck – Morning Phase
ScHoolboy Q – Oxymoron
Dierks Bentley – Riser
The Fray – Helios
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Major Lazer – Apocalypse Soon EP
Morrissey – Your Arsenal (Definitive Master)
Silversun Pickups – The Singles Collection
Various Artists – Son of God (Original Soundtrack)
John Butler Trio – Flesh & Blood
Priscilla Ahn – This is Where We Are
Brad Meldau & Mark Guiliana – Melihana: Taming The Dragon
SKATERS – Manhattan
The Dollyrots – Barefoot and Pregnant
T. Mills – All I Wanna Do EP
Grizfolk – From The Spark
Twin Forks – Twin Forks
Nenh Cherry – Blank Project
We Were Promised Jetpacks – E Rey: Live in Philadelphia
Heart – Fanatic Live from Caesars Coliseum
Yellow Ostrich – Cosmos
Death Vessel – Island Intervals
Lo-Fang – Blue Film
New Singles Available This Week [2/25/14]:
Foster the People – “Pseudologia Fantastica”
Portugal the Man – “Heavy Games”
Rick Ross – “War Ready” (Feat. Jeezy)
Robin Thicke – “For The Rest Of My Life [Part 2] (ft. Tamar Braxton)”
Coming Up Next Week [3/4/14]:
Pharrell Williams – G I R L
Rick Ross – Mastermind
Lea Michele – Louder
Drive By Truckers – English Oceans
Various Artists – Bob Dylan – 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration [Remastered]
Eli Young Band – 10,000 Towns
David Nail – I’m A Fire
Martina McBride – Everlasting
Real Estate – Atlas
Soundtrack- The Grand Budapest Hotel (Original Soundtrack)
Rufus Wainwright – The Best of Rufus Wainwright
Nick Waterhouse – Holly
Comeback Kid – Die Knowing
Various Artists – Ultra Music Festival 2014
We Are Scientists – TV en Français
Little Hurricane – Gold Fever
Eagulls – Eagulls
Erik Hassle – Somebody’s Party
The Revivalists – City of Sound
Nothing – Guilty Of Everything
Eternal Summers – The Drop Beneath
Wake Owl – The Private World of Paradise
Ume – Monuments
It’s a busy week for the Video Unlimited service! A Batman Bundle, Academy-Award winner Departed for 99 cents and even a special Oscars promotion that gives you $5 in Wallet Cash back for every $20 you spend! Get all the details in this week’s New Release Recap.
Homefront: Based on the Chuck Logon novel of the same name and adapted for the big screen by the one and only Sylvester Stallone, this film promises to be gripping, action packed and heart wrenching all in one.
Beginning today and running through March 11th we’ve got something very special for fans of a certain Caped Crusader: A double dose of their favorite vigilate. For a limited time grab the Batman: The Dark Knight Bundle, including Batman: Arkham Origins for the PS3 and The Dark Knight Returns: Deluxe Edition, which brings a classic comic story to animated life.
In Batman: Arkham Origins experience the younger, hotheaded Batman as he defends himself against assassins hired by the Black Mask. In this prequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, you’ll face the Joker for the very first time, along with a load of other supervillains. There are enhanced gaming features too! Disable the Penguin’s arms caches, recover hidden datapacks from Riddler’s data and hunt down bombs left by Anarky.
Meanwhile in The Dark Knight Returns, sit back and watch as Bruce Wayne brings Batman out of retirement to take on a new menace threatening Gotham City. Years after hanging up the cape and cowl and with the world on the brink of war the city once again needs its Dark Knight. But will an older – but no less determined – Batman be able to stop The Joker, gangs of vicious mutants and the other threats?
Get the game and the movie now for one low price and enjoy today!
Tagged: arkham origins, Batman, the dark knight returns
A new kind of hero and top spot holder has emerged! Young Ender Wiggin was able to lead the International Military to victory against an alien race known as the Formics while allowing Ender’s Game to rocket to this week’s most popular movie on the Video Unlimited service.
Coming in at number two and continuing the theme of man versus a foreign being, this time from the sea, is Pacific Rim. Orbiting the top five was Oscar Best Picture nominee Gravity, starring Hollywood’s seasoned vets Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Check out the latest #VUTop10 in its entirety below and be sure to tell us what you plan to watch this weekend in the comments section:
- Captain Phillips
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
- Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Extended)
- Last Vegas (2013)
- Gravity (plus Bonus Features)
- Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
- Thor: The Dark World
- Escape Plan
- Pacific Rim
- Ender’s Game