The 2013-2014 awards season came to a peak on Sunday evening with the ultimate finale in film: The Oscars.
It’s a night to celebrate beautiful storytelling, which all of us can be inspired by. So, we rounded up some of the most saved and shared articles surrounding this year’s Awards, Hollywood’s favorite actors and actresses, and even a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating an Oscar-worthy flick.
Note: These are best read with popcorn.
Mark Harris, Grantland
Yes, yes, by now we know who won. But isn’t it fun to look back and see if what we thought would happen, was indeed, correct? Mark Harris knows movies better than anyone, and gives us his picks for Best Picture and Best Director.
Anne Helen Petersen, BuzzFeed
“What’s your favorite Jennifer Lawrence moment? When she tripped on the way to accept her Academy Award, or when the paparazzi snapped photos of her drinking Veuve Cliquot straight out of the bottle?”
Bruce Feiler, The New York Times
“Oscar nominees this year have been told they have 45 seconds. That’s about 65 words, or two tweets. What do they need to know?”
Anne Thompson, Salon
It’s not that Hollywood can’t make great movies — but all the talent and energy is migrating to HBO and Netflix.
Brooks Barnes, The New York Times
“The new Mr. McConaughey, 44, has improbably become a serious performer and the guy a lot of would-be actors want to emulate. A catchphrase has even popped up in the film world: The McConaughey Model.”
Alissa Walker, Gizmodo
“Credited as Her’s ‘graphical futurist designer,’ McFetridge was charged with imagining how we might interact with our devices in that near-future (which he estimates is anywhere from next week to 15 years from now).”
Kevin B. Lee, The New York Times
“Chopping up a performance into numbers can reveal a multitude of hidden factors that may influence how it affects you. The minutes an actress is seen in close-up can point to the power of cinematography in generating feelings of empathy with her.”
Michael V. Copeland, Re/Code
In an attempt to engineer the perfect Best Picture, at least by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences standards, Benn Stancil, the chief data analyst at Mode Analytics, sifted through mountains of data collected from entertainment information outfit Rovi and the Academy Awards database.
Ashley Mateo, Digg
New to the Academy Awards? Digg put together a handy guide of weird Oscars trivia. Start quizzing yourself in anticipation of next year’s show.
A.V. Club Staff, A.V. Club
Inspired by the Oscars, the A.V. Club gathered its staff and readers to answer the question – What’s your least favorite Best Picture winner?