The Bournemouth Rock is running its first Oscars live blog

The Bournemouth Rock is running its first Oscars live blog ©Alan Light

Over in America, the brightest and best in the world of Hollywood are preparing for the 86th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater. Over here, in a dark newsroom, The Rock team are preparing for their first Oscars live blog.

We’ll be providing you with updates on the Oscars throughout the night, starting at around 11pm as red carpet coverage starts and the world turns its eyes towards the glitz and glamour.

You can join the Twitter discussion by using the hashtag #RockOscars.

Hopefully we’ll get something as exciting as Jennifer Lawrence tripping over this year.



I’d like to thank the people who have made it to the end of this live blog, and indeed anyone who has read any of what I have written.

It has been a great night and I hope you have enjoyed reading the coverage as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

For now, goodnight good morning… ah, goodbye will do.



A shout for the most important person involved in tonight’s coverage… both for Sky Movies and us at The Rock.


The big winner of the night was, of course, Gravity which walked away with seven awards from ten nominations.

Oppositely, the biggest loser was American Hustle, which failed to convert any of its ten nominations into wins.

Five films received multiple prizes from the Academy tonight.

Gravity – 7
12 Years A Slave – 3
Dallas Buyers Club – 3
The Great Gatsby – 2
Frozen – 2


“Matthew McConaughey named just about everyone he could, including himself.”

– Boyd Hilton, Sky Movies


Steve McQueen was either really emotional, really drunk… or a bit of both.


“Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup.”

– Steve McQueen, Best Picture


The right result. A Gravity win was beginning to seem likely, but 12 Years A Slave is a uniquely important film. It demands to be seen.


Best Picture goes to 12 Years A Slave



Will Smith is presenting Best Picture. Unfortunately, he’s not dressed as Lucifer from A New York Winter’s Tale.

That would’ve been just crazy enough.



That was a delightfully madcap speech from McConaughey. The McConaissance is complete!


“It’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.”

– Matthew McConaughey, Best Actor


It really looked like McConaughey was going to kiss Jared Leto then…


Best Actor goes to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club


No surprises there.


J-Law is presenting Best Actor. Get ready for McConaughey’s crazy acceptance speech.


“For me, working on Blue Jasmine was a real synthesis of my work in theatre and on film.”

– Cate Blanchett, Best Actress


Best Actress goes to Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine


No surprises there. This was never going any other way.


Daniel Day-Lewis takes the stage to present Best Actress. There won’t be any upsets here. It belongs to Cate Blanchett and has done from the moment Blue Jasmine hit cinemas.

Woody Allen coaxed a beautiful performance from her.


It says a lot about how late it is that I couldn’t tell if Alfonso Cuaron had started speaking Spanish or if I was just too tired to understand him.


“For many of us involved in this film, it was definitely a transformative experience.”

– Alfonso Cuaron, Best Director


Sidney Poitier and Angelina Jolie presenting Best Director.

Best Director goes to Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity


Cuaron finally gets his chance to speak! He’s a popular winner in the Dolby Theater.


Anna Kendrick is feeling a little left out of the festivities…


“We [the crew] made a movie about relationships and intimacy, and that’s what we share together.”

– Spike Jonze, Best Original Screenplay


Best Original Screenplay goes to Spike Jonze for Her


Her is one of the best films of this year so far. Spike Jonze deserves every prize possible.


Cruz and DeNiro are back for Best Original Screenplay. This is Spike Jonze’s year, unless they decide to throw American Hustle a bone.


Best Adapted Screenplay goes to John Ridley for 12 Years A Slave


Big win for John Ridley. It’s a great film that deserves to be recognised.


Penelope Cruz and Robert DeNiro are presenting Best Adapted Screenplay. Looks like a 12 Years A Slave win.


So, just in case that selfie wasn’t enough for you, it has become more epic… with Doge.


It seems that they have been told in no uncertain terms to speed this thing up. That’s the only explanation for the ridiculous last 15 minutes or so.


Best Original Song goes to ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen


Great acceptance speech from Robert Lopez and Kristen-Anderson Lopez.

“Happy Oscars to you. Let’s do Frozen 2.”


Jamie Foxx doing some, shall we say bizarre, dancing as he announces Best Original Score.

Best Original Score goes to Steven Price for Gravity


More gold for Gravity. This is becoming one hell of a night. Six wins from seven nominations so far.


Well that seemed uncharacteristically off from Idina Menzel.

We reckon she was told to cut the song down and speed it up because they’re running over big style.


And John Travolta is here to introduce Idina Menzel’s performance of ‘Let it Go’. Our newsroom just exploded.


The ‘In Memoriam’ montage hit us hard in the newsroom.


Tears in the newsroom as the “In Memoriam” montage ends. The film industry lost too many people this year. Some titanic names on that list.


Glenn Close has taken the stage, remembering those the film industry has lost this year.

“They mentored us, challenged us, inspired us, elevated us and made us only want to be better.”


Forget Ellen’s selfie! This tweet wins the evening!


Montage of heroes introduced by Evans has The Rock newsroom cheering intermittently. Can you tell it’s getting late?


Every time Chris Evans is introduced, part of me really wants it to be our own ginger radio presenter.

One day…


Best Production Design goes to The Great Gatsby


Slightly angry clap from Leonardo DiCaprio as he realises that the Gatsby wins are as close as he’s going to get to a statuette tonight.


And now Britain explodes as Jennifer Garner is joined by a special presenting partner… Benedict Cumberbatch.

They’re presenting the Best Production Design award.


Some clearly didn’t enjoy Pink as much as we did here.


It was all going so well for Pink, but then she bottled that last note. Shame.


And Pink is singing the musical tribute to Oz. She’s nailing ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’.


Whoopi Goldberg introduces Judy Garland’s kids, celebrating the achievement of The Wizard of Oz on its 75th anniversary.


Anna Kendrick and Gabourey Sidibe hand out the Best Editing prize.

Best Editing goes to Gravity


And finally, Alfonso Cuaron gets to leave his seat and make his mark on stage. Will he get his moment when the Best Director award arrives?


Yet another word in praise of the “Framestore nerds” behind Gravity. A cheer from our newsroom at more BU and AUB recognition.


Best Cinematography goes to Gravity


There’s no stopping Gravity as it powers through the technical gongs. Do you think it can pull of a shock Best Picture win? Let us know by tweeting with the hashtag #RockOscars.


Bill Murray gives a shout out to the late Harold Ramis. Poignant and appropriate.


Amy Adams and Bill Murray are the next pair of presenters. They’re announcing the award for Best Cinematography.

Murray keeps calling her “baby”. She doesn’t seem to mind. Who would?


Ellen is still handing out pizza, oblivious to the fact she has almost completely broken Twitter with that selfie.


Brad Pitt just saved Meryl Streep by handing her a plate for pizza.

For those not watching the show, that genuinely just happened. On Earth. Tonight.


There isn’t a dry eye in the house as Lupita Nyong’o gives an emotionally charged acceptance speech.

This won’t be the only award she wins in her career. I’m calling that now.


“It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is a result of so much pain in someone else’s.”

– Lupita Nyong’o, Best Supporting Actress


Best Supporting Actress goes to Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years A Slave


A worthy winner, if a slight shock. Her debut performance is an absolute stunner in an absolutely essential film. She will be a star.


Ellen butchered Christoph Waltz’s name there.

But here comes Best Supporting Actress…



Best Sound Editing goes to Gravity


The technical category sweep for Gravity continues. It won’t win Best Picture, but its innovation is definitely being recognised.


And here it is. This is probably the best selfie ever.


Best Sound Mixing goes to Gravity



Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron upping the attractiveness quotient of the evening considerably, despite making a mess of the autocue.

They’re presenting the sound awards.


Ellen is really labouring the pizza/selfie gags now.

Although, this might be the starriest selfie ever taken. We’re just refreshing Ellen’s Twitter and waiting.


Lupita Nyong’o is the bookies’ favourite for Best Supporting Actress now.

This newsroom still wants a J-Law victory. We just love her, and she was great in American Hustle.


Despite the fact that this is a decent song, there’s something irritating about Bono. Maybe it’s everything about him?


Costume change for Ellen as she introduces Brad Pitt to the stage.

He is here to introduce U2, performing ‘Ordinary Love’ from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.


Tyler Perry, fresh from winning a Razzie for Worst Actress yesterday, is discussing some of the Best Picture noms as it looks like Amy Adams is set to fall asleep.


Best Foreign Language Film goes to The Great Beauty


We’re back on more predictable ground here. Paolo Sorrentino’s film has pretty much swept the board across the awards this year.


Best Foreign Language Film is up next. The Great Beauty looks likely to win, but the big story is that Blue Is The Warmest Colour – hotly tipped for success – was not even eligible.


We’re still reeling from The Act of Killing, which was robbed for Best Documentary.

Are there any more shocks in store? There are some big DiCaprio fans in the newsroom.


Kevin Spacey gets cheers and applause for getting his Frank Underwood on for the House of Cards fans.

He introduced the Governor’s Awards, which handed an Honorary Oscar to Angela Lansbury.


Best Documentary Feature goes to 20 Feet From Stardom


We have the night’s first big shock. That has been pegged as a cert for The Act of Killing for months.

Does this bode well for future surprises tonight? Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #RockOscars.


Bradley Cooper is the next presenter, handing out the award for Best Documentary Feature.

Our money is on The Act of Killing – a hard-hitting masterpiece of factual cinema.


It seems as if the brief moment of Ellen holding a guitar earlier was just a throwaway gag. This is thoroughly bizarre stuff.


And, rounding out the short categories…

Best Documentary Short goes to The Lady In Number Six



We’re back to the short film categories.

Best Live Action Short goes to Helium



There’s only one thing we’re waiting for in the newsroom of The Rock. We want Frozen.


Zac Efron introduces a live performance of ‘The Moon Song’ from Her. It’s a beautiful, haunting piece of work from Karen O.


Best Visual Effects goes to Gravity


That’s a win for us here in Bournemouth. Framestore, behind the Gravity effects, employs a number of graduates from Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emma Watson presenting Best Visual Effects. It’ll be Gravity, probably.


Best Animated Feature goes to Frozen


And now Disney gets its win. Joy in the Rock newsroom.


We have our first tears! The men behind Mr Hublot have been left visibly emotional by their win.


Best Animated Short goes to Mr Hublot


Bit of a shock there. Smart money was on another Disney win.


Kim Novak and Matthew McConaughey are presenting the prize for Best Animated Short.


You’ll be pleased to know that Twitter is filling up with GIFs of Meryl Streep dancing with Pharrell Williams.


Channing Tatum is here, or as we like to know him, Superman from The Lego Movie.

He’s introducing some people called Team Oscar, who sound like a more glamorous, less exciting version of Team America.


We’d tell Harrison Ford that we love him, but he knows.


Best Makeup and Hairstyling goes to Dallas Buyers Club



Best Costume Design goes to The Great Gatsby



Martin Scorsese is having the best time of anyone. He cracks up every time Ellen alludes to Jonah’s genitals.


I think our Opinions Editor is a little confused.


Another early contender for next year?


Pharrell danced with Amy Adams, Lupita Nyong’o and, brilliantly, Meryl Streep.

He snubbed Christian Bale though. Poor bloke.


Here comes Pharrell Williams performing ‘Happy’, nominated for Best Original Song. He’s not exactly dressed for the occasion…


“It must be tiring being a nominee. So much you have to do… I imagine.”

– Jim Carrey


Nice acceptance speech from Jared Leto, praising his family, bandmates and mentioning those suffering from unrest in Ukraine and Venezuela.


“I love you Mom and thank you for teaching me to dream.”

– Jared Leto, Best Supporting Actor


Best Supporting Actor goes to Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club



Best Supporting Actor must go to Jared Leto, despite great performances from Michael Fassbender and Barkhad Abdi.


“Jonah, you showed us something in The Wolf of Wall Street that I have not seen for a very long time.”

– Ellen DeGeneres


For your viewing pleasure, Jennifer Lawrence falling over last year…


“One of the nominees is Her, and by “her”, I mean Meryl Streep.”

– Ellen DeGeneres


“Movies offer us an escape. Movies inspire us. I’m not saying that movies are the most important thing in life, because we all know the most important thing in life is youth.

– Ellen DeGeneres


The award for ‘Happiest To Be Here’ has to go to Barkhad Abdi. He’s adorably pleased.


Ellen DeGeneres: “It has been raining. We’re fine. Thank you for your prayers.”


As the awards start, join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #RockOscars.


Almost time to go inside the Dolby Theater for the Oscars ceremony.

Let’s start handing out those golden baldies!


Sandra Bullock speaks from the red carpet.

“The person who went into filming Gravity is not the same person that came out of filming the movie.”


There is some serious dress rage in the Rock newsroom. Criticise Charlize Theron at your peril!


Our Blogs Editor is setting his stall out for next year nice and early…


Not letting Lupita Nyong’o talk about 12 Years A Slave at all. We’ve already heard enough about the dress…


Bradley Cooper and Jonah Hill are clearly Hollywood’s latest bromance…


15 minutes to go! My money is on these winners…

Best Picture: 12 Years A Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle
Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze for Her
Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley for 12 Years A Slave


Cate Blanchett talks about the feminist power of a film like Blue Jasmine.

“There’s this kind of myth in Hollywood that female-driven films don’t do well at the box office.”


Red carpet fatigue is setting in on the blogosphere.


Jared Leto has been chatting about Dallas Buyers Club.

“I haven’t made a movie in six years, so I feel very lucky to have been a part of this movie.”


Alex Zane just called Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie “the most powerful couple in the world”, without irony.



Sky wish to make it clear that Gravity is available on their store from tomorrow. They’ve told us five or six times in the last hour… just to make sure, you know.


Leo snaps a picture of his fans. We know a red carpet pro when we see one!


Our Deputy Online Editor has spotted a bizarre resemblance on the red carpet.


We have an Emma Watson. This is not a drill. Hermione is here.


How are they going to usher off the winners who speak for too long this year?

Last year it was the theme from Jaws. Maybe it’ll be ‘We Saw Your Boobs’…


Apparently Kristen Bell has a burrito in her clutch bag for when she gets hungry later…


Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t going to win. It’s a shame really, because The Wolf of Wall Street was clearly a real passion project for him and Marty.

“I became completely obsessed with Jordan Belfort’s novel. It’s a film about our times, about wealth. I wanted to put this culture up on screen.”


Jonah Hill is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Wolf of Wall Street.

“This is a completely surreal experience. Martin Scorsese is my hero. I’m just so proud and so happy to be here.”


Only about 45 minutes to go until the ceremony starts.

We’re looking forward to Ellen DeGeneres’ opening skit. It has to be more palatable than ‘We Saw Your Boobs’, surely?


Oh Jen…


The world just loves Jennifer Lawrence.


J-Law is here! And, of course, she’s been bumbling around…

“He [David O Russell] is the actor whisperer… This year, I actually did a stairs test [with the dress], but I did trip over a cone.”


Sky making it abundantly clear where their priorities lie…

“We’ll be talking to some men a little bit later.”



Jennifer Lawrence, dressed in red, has been stumbling all over the red carpet apparently. Is it just us hoping for a repeat of last year’s stumble on the steps?


Matthew McConaughey spouting bizarre sound bites as usual. Can’t wait for his acceptance speech later…


Naomi Watts, presenting tonight, praises Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine.

“I laughed, I cried, I cringed. I did all things… and so did she.”


This isn’t the last we’ll be seeing of Cate Blanchett tonight.

Her work in Blue Jasmine was nothing short of marvellous and she deserves every award that has come her way.


Amy Adams on American Hustle.

“I knew when watching everyone else’s work that something amazing was happening.”


The mighty Benedict Cumberbatch has arrived, looking considerably more Sherlock than Smaug.


Amy Adams – nominated for Best Actress for American Hustle – is a close second to Lupita Nyong’o in the avalanche of Twitter love.


Sky Movies talking to Alfonso Cuaron and Sandra Bullock about Gravity

It’ll win Best Visual Effects tonight, thanks to the work of Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth graduates at British special effects studio Framestore.


Seacrest is clearly having a great time. Can’t say that I’m missing his “coverage”.


Jared Leto – frontrunner for Best Supporting Actor – has appeared, with his family in tow.

Thankfully, he’s looking a lot healthier than he did in Dallas Buyers Club.


The stars are really starting to arrive now. We’ll be bringing you up-to-date pictures as they appear of all of the exciting, colourful dresses and… black suits.


Piers Morgan is lurking behind the Sky Movies red carpet correspondent like some sort of ominous hell beast.

“I’ll be back Britain. I’ll be back. Mwuahahahahaha!”


Twitter just can’t get enough of Lupita Nyong’o tonight.


The look we have all been waiting for. Lupita, wearing Prada, has sent the blogosphere into overdrive.


Matthew McConaughey tells Alex Zane he has been picking films that make him “a bit scared”. When they lead him to Academy acclaim and a probable Oscar win, it’s hard to argue with his choices.



Amy Adams is wearing Gucci… apparently.


We’re tipping 12 Years A Slave for victory here at The Rock. It is harrowing, masterful and it absolutely needs to win Best Picture.


Shocking, but interesting, infographic about the diversity – or lack thereof – of the Academy Awards.


Lots of people waiting to see Lupita Nyong’o on the red carpet. Her style has been a major talking point throughout awards season this year!


The girls from Frozen have arrived!


Some *ahem* insight from Perez Hilton…


I really like watching the Oscars on Sky Movies. No Ryan Seacrest, but plenty of Boyd Hilton.



The only way to watch the Oscars as a student…


Looking ahead to the Best Picture prize…

It looks like a straight fight between 12 Years a Slave and Gravity for the big award. It’s essentially a battle between traditional awards fare and revolutionary visual effects.

Of course, it would be wrong to count out American Hustle though. It has Academy love written all over it.


The awards are getting lavatorial already…


The Oscars are very important of course, but the Razzies were also announced last night.

The god-awful Movie 43 won Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay and Worst Director. After Earth, starring Will and Jaden Smith, swept the acting awards, winning Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Combo.


Welcome to the Bournemouth Rock’s Oscars live blog! From now until the end of the ceremony, we’ll be providing you with live coverage of the Academy Awards.


Join us here from 11pm for in-depth rolling coverage of the 86th Academy Awards, taking place in Hollywood.

We will be following all of the thrills, spills, winners and losers as the ‘golden baldies’ are handed out.

To join the conversation on Twitter, use the hashtag #RockOscars and you might find yourself featured on the Oscars live blog.