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2014 Oscars: ‘12 Years a Slave’ best picture, ‘Gravity’ sweeps Academy Awards

Display of Oscar statuettes.
Display of Oscar statuettes.
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Ellen DeGeneres hosting the Oscars Sunday night on ABC will best be remembered for the extraordinary selfie taken by Bradley Cooper. It's filled with Ellen, Oscar winners and strangers that’s making the virtual rounds.

As Ellen predicted it even crashed Twitter. That was just one of many highlights comprising the 86th Academy Awards.

The biggest news of the ceremonies was “12 Years a Slave” winning three Oscars. These included best adapted screenplay, best supporting actress for red carpet darling Lupita Nyong’o, and best picture.

History has been made with the film’s director, Steve McQueen. He became the first black filmmaker to win best picture.

Gravity” literally swept up the Oscars with seven wins including best director for Alfonso Cuaron. He’s the first Mexican-born director to win in this category.

“American Hustle” received the most nominations at 10, tying with “Gravity.” Yet that film was completely shut out. For the third time in Oscar history “American Hustle” did not receive any wins in any of the four acting categories.

Musically the performances for best original song and two tributes were Grammy worthy in every way. Pharrell Williams and his trademark Canadian Mountie hat got some A-Listers: Amy Adams, Lupita Nyong’o, and Meryl Streep out of their seats with “Happy.”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs front woman Karen O performed “Moon Song” from the motion picture “Her.” Karen O’s soothing ballad was a pleasant change of pace in the show. U2 rocked it out with “Ordinary Love.” The audience gave them a standing ovation afterwards.

Idina Menzel, or Adele Dazeem was the name John Travolta gave in his introduction, definitely sang her heart out in a show-stopping performance that later won best original song.

Pink wore a ruby red slipper-esque gown singing a stunning version of “Over the Rainbow.” Her tribute performance was for “The Wizard of Oz” 75th anniversary release. After the In Memoriam, Bette Midler came out to belt her biggest hit “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

If there were Oscars for the best acceptance speeches of the night, they all went to songwriters and the four winning actors in their respective categories. First off ”Frozen’s” songwriting team of Bobby Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez rhymes was brilliant and innovative.

Lupita and Cate Blanchett were genuinely sincere, while Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were entertaining and passionate. During McConaughey’s speech, his was the most fascinating. You could never get enough of his storytelling approach throughout the awards season. He definitely delivered it on Oscar night.

Here’s a complete list of all winners from the 2014 Oscars.

Best Supporting Actor

Jared Leto - “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Costume Design

“The Great Gatsby”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Animated Short Film

“Mr. Hublot”

Best Animated Film


Best Visual Effects


Best Live Action Short Film


Best Documentary Short Subject

“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”

Best Documentary Feature

“20 Feet From Stardom”

Best Foreign Language Film

“The Great Beauty”

Best Sound Mixing


Best Sound Editing


Best Supporting Actress

Lupita Nyong’o - “12 Years a Slave”

Best Cinematography


Best Film Editing


Best Production Design

“The Great Gatsby”

Best Original Score


Best Original Song

“Let It Go” - “Frozen”

Best Adapted Screenplay

John Ridley - “12 Years a Slave”

Best Original Screenplay

Spike Jonze - “Her”

Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón - “Gravity”

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett - “Blue Jasmine”

Best Actor

Matthew McConaughey - “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Picture

“12 Years a Slave”

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