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'Gravity' dominates 2014 Academy Awards, '12 Years a Slave' wins Best Picture

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It was a night for the first time winners at the 2014 Academy Awards which took place on Sunday night. "Gravity" had the big night, winning seven statues, but in the end, "12 Years a Slave" took home the top prize, "Best Picture".

For most of the night, it was fairly uneventful, predictable, and a bit boring. Thankfully, Ellen Degeneres came prepared to pick up the slack, delivering some genuinely funny and awkward moments, none funnier than when she ordered pizza and helped deliver slices to the likes of Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Harrison Ford, among others in the first few rows of the theatre.

"Gravity" was one of the big winners of the evening, winning seven Academy Awards -- so far -- including Alfonso Cuaron for Best Director and Steven Price for Best Original Score, as well as a number of other technical awards.

In the acting categories, Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for "Blue Jasmine" and then Matthew McConaughey followed that up with his first Academy Award for Best Actor in "Dallas Buyers Club".

"12 Years a Slave" finally picked up its first Academy Award of the night, nearly two hours in, when Lupita Nyong'o won Best Supporting Actress. That happened about an hour after Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor for "Dallas Buyers Club".

But "12 Years" wasn't done. John Ridley picked up the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and ultimately Best Picture to cap the night off.

Continuing the trend of first time winners, Spike Jonze won his first in his fourth try for "Her".

The winners are all listed below. You can also check out the full list of 2014 Oscar nominees.

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

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

Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave

Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her

Best Animated Feature: Frozen

Best Documentary Feature: 20 Feet from Stardom

Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty, (Italy)

Outstanding Short Film -- Animated: Mr. Hublot, Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares

Outstanding Short Film -- Live Action: Helium, Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson

Documentary Film -- Short Subject: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

Outstanding Cinematography: Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki

Outstanding Music -- Original Score: Gravity, Steven Price

Outstanding Music -- Original Song: “Let It Go,” Frozen; music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Outstanding Visual Effects: Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould

Outstanding Production Design: The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)

Outstanding Costume Design: The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin

Outstanding Makeup and Hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews

Outstanding Sound Mixing: Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro

Outstanding Sound Editing: Gravity, Glenn Freemantle

Outstanding Film Editing: Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger

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