Awards season is officially in the books!

Matthew McConaughey (far left), Cate Blanchett (center-left), Lupita Nyong’o (center right) and Jared Leto (far right) all took home Oscar gold.

Sunday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored the elite achievements in film-making made in 2013 at the Oscars. 2013 has to go down in history as one of the most prestigious years in film for we saw harrowing tales of triumph and tragedy, survival and sorrow, redemption and relentlessness and audiences came and responded with a fervor. Box office records were shattered in 2013, leaving big shoes to fill for this year, but as we close the chapter on 2013 and the 2013 Awards season, let’s take a look back at what was learned during this season honoring such prolific achievements in cinema.

  • Unstoppable momentum. If anyone has been following who has been winning during this Awards season, they should know that at last night’s Oscar’s, there were hardly any surprises. The familiar names of Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, Cate Blanchett, Matthew McConaughey and Alfonso Cuarón all took home awards as they have been doing for weeks and they were all were all very deserving winners. All of last night’s winners just never lost their respective momentum’s going into the Oscars and there were no realistic chances for upsets in any category.
  • A night for firsts. Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, Matthew McConaughey and Alfonso Cuarón all had something in common other than winning their Oscars lsat night. All of them were recipients of their first Academy Awards beating out veterans such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, David O. Russell, Alexander Payne and Martin Scorsese. Not bad for first timers right?
  • What a night it was for Alfonso Cuarón and his cinematically groundbreaking “Gravity”

    The sciences were attracted to “Gravity”. Alfonso Cuarón’s science fiction masterstroke took home seven Academy Awards including Best Director for Cuarón, Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Score and Best Cinematography. “Gravity” was one of the most extraordinary motion pictures to date and throughout the entire Awards Season process, the film reaped the rewards of its technical and technological prowess.

  • Most contenders were just there to enjoy the show. “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” were among the nominees that did not receive any Oscar love last night. With “Gravity” winning every technical award in sight and “Dallas Buyers Club” and “12 Years a Slave” winning some major awards, most of the nominees were overshadowed, but each film was outstanding in their own right.

The producers of “12 Years a Slave” including Brad Pitt (center right) and director Steve McQueen (right) celebrate their film winning the Oscar for Best Picture

And with that, 2013 at the movies, as well as the 2013 Award Season comes to a close. Congratulations to the nominees and winners for an outstanding year representing the best of 2013 but now 2014 is underway and there is ample excitement in store.

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