Top 10 Reasons to Watch the 86th Academy Awards

Feb 26, 2014 at 12:57 pm |

Here are 10 reasons why the whole world will be watching the 86th Annual Academy Awards.

10. PricewaterhouseCooper Introduction

Oscars PWC Counting Ballot

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Once an extra chance to grab a snack, producers have made the introduction of those who tabulate the ballots a playful part of the show.

9. The Red Carpet

Oscars Red Carpet Ready

Although not an official part of the ceremony, the Red Carpet has become one of Oscar night’s favorite traditions. Fans love to tune in and see Hollywood’s best and worst dressed.

8. Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett Santa Barbara Film Festival

Cate Blanchett – Santa Barbara Film Festival – Outstanding Performer of the Year – 02/01/2014

Since Blue Jasmine’s premiere, Cate Blanchett has been the Best Actress frontrunner. Everyone will be watching to see if the Woody Allen/Dylan Farrow abuse allegations will lead to an upset.

7. Jared Leto

Jared Leto - 19th Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Press Room - Barker Hangar - Santa Monica, CA, USA

01/16/2014 – Jared Leto – 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards – Press Room – Barker Hangar – Santa Monica, CA, USA
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Everyone loves a comeback story. Absent from the big screen for six years, Jared Leto returned in 2013 and has won almost every major Best Supporting Actor award for his portrayal of an HIV-positive, transgender prostitute.

6. Best Original Song Performances

Oscars Song Nominees

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This year’s performances of the Best Original Song nominees should be the most memorable in years. Broadway star Idina Menzel, Grammy-winning Pharrell, and legendary band U2 are all scheduled to perform.

5. Surprise Memorable Moments

Who doesn’t remember Roberto Begnini climbing over chairs to accept his Best Actor award in 1998 or Adrian Brody planting a huge kiss on presenter Halle Berry when he claimed the prize in 2002? Every year viewers hope for those surprise moments they’ll be talking about for years to come.

4. Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o Wins SAG Award

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Although not a lock for the Best Supporting Actress award, most experts are giving Lupita Nyong’o the edge over fellow nominee Jennifer Lawrence. Nyong’o has become a Red Carpet darling during awards season and has wowed everyone with her elegance and poise.

3. Matthew McConaughey

Hollywood loves when a mainstream movie actor takes a risk and becomes an Academy Award contender. Like Sandra Bullock in 2009’s Blind Side, McConaughey impressed movie critics and Oscar voters with a biographical portrayal. Most Oscar experts predict that viewers will hear another “Alright, alright, alright” acceptance speech.

2. Best Picture Race

Oscars - Best Picture Noms

In one of the closest Best Picture races ever, Gravity12 Years a Slave, and American Hustle are the top contenders for Oscar’s biggest prize.

1. Ellen DeGeneres

Becoming a two-time Academy Awards host, Ellen is the best reason to watch this year’s Oscar telecast. She’ll bring the perfect combination of comedic wit, starstruck awe, and improvisation to the hosting job.


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