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“12 Years a Slave” is 2013’s Best Picture winner

Brad Pitt and the rest of the group from 12 Years a Slave celebrate their Best Picture win
Brad Pitt and the rest of the group from 12 Years a Slave celebrate their Best Picture win
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It took over three hours, but the 2013 Academy Awards were held last night in Hollywood. Despite worries about weather and other nonsense, the ceremony was fun and interesting as hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres.

DeGeneres kept things funny and moving forward. Some of the highlights included her taking a “selfie” that included celebrities from Jennifer Lawrence to Meryl Streep in an attempt to make it the most retweeted tweet in the history of Twitter. She ended up accomplishing that and, in fact, shut down Twitter for a time. DeGeneres also delivered hot pizza to celebrities in the audience and then collected money for the delivery man.

As for the awards themselves, there were very few surprises. Nearly everyone that had already won an award in prior ceremonies came away with an Oscar. If there was one difference it was that Alfonso Cuaron won for Best Director for his film Gravity over Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave.

You shouldn’t feel too bad about McQueen, however, as 12 Years a Slave did win big. Lupita Nyong’o came away with a Best Supporting Actress award for her very first major movie role and her first award nomination. The movie also won for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Gravity won quite a few awards, but most of them were in the technical categories such as Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography. And in the animation category Disney’s Frozen came away with Best Animated Feature and an award for Best Song.

Here is the list of the major award winners for the 2013 Academy Awards:

Best Picture - 12 Years a Slave

Best Supporting Actor - Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress - Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Best Director - Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Best Actor - Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress - Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine