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Oscar winners share their dreams as they are realized at 86th Academy Awards

Tonight, winners from 24 categories become new Oscar winners at the 86th Academy Awards during the 2014 Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Hollywood, Calif. Two films found the most Oscar glory as “12 Years a Slave” won the Best Picture Oscar and “Gravity” won the most Oscars (seven total) during the night including honors for Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects. On the sad side "American Hustle," that was nominated for ten honors, went home without one award.

Stars shine at the 2014 Oscars.
Photograph by Kay Shackleton
'12 Years a Slave' and 'Gravity' win big at 2014 Oscars
Photograph by Kay Shackleton

Going home with Oscars for their performance in film were Cate Blanchett for her glorious performance in “Blue Jasmine,” Lupita Nyong’o for her debut role in “12 Years a Slave,” Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto for their commanding turns in “Dallas Buyers Club.”

The 86th Annual Academy Awards was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and was broadcast live on ABC and televised in more than 225 countries worldwide. As winners filed into the interview room, it was clear that excitement is an understated description to apply to a new Oscar winner. Here is a the thoughts and reactions of winners as recorded in the Oscars interview room, attended in person by this writer.

In the interview room Leto shared his knowledge of how his character Rayon was to the world, "We have a show in the Ukraine in a couple of weeks. We have a show in Thailand in a few weeks. We had a show in Venezuela in the works. So, these things, social unrest, you know, social issues like this affect us in a really immediate way. So, I felt on behalf of the people that I interact with on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook, and my own interests as, you know, a global ‑‑ being a person in a global band, it was important to address those things."

The new Oscar winner also handed out his Oscar to the press to pass to each other and hold and scolded the Oscars for not letting anyone take a picture (due to the no photograph rule), "How can the press do their job, if you don't let the press do what they do?" He got a thunderous applause for this remark.

The newest Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress in "12 Years a Slave," Lupito Nyong'o seemed somewhat stunned with her Oscar win, "I don't think it's ‑‑ it hasn't sunk in that I'm holding this thing, and it's ‑‑ it's in my hands, but I haven't wrapped my mind around it yet. I ‑‑ I ‑‑ I ‑‑ you know, you hear people wanting you to win and predicting you'll win and everything, but it's just not real until you hear Christoph Waltz say your name, and it's perplexing that ‑‑ it's just very perplexing. But I'm so happy to be holding this golden man."

Matthew McConaughey, winner of the Best Actor Oscar for "Dallas Buyers Club," told of the moment he knew that his film would do well when, "And then I saw the first cut Jean‑Marc sent me to look at, and I was like, oh, I think we may have gotten it on camera. I think we have a good film here. Edited it together. I liked it. So you never know what's going to happen after that. All of a sudden it premieres in Toronto. It's received well. It sticks with people in a way, they pass that word along. Then we open up in a few theaters here in America and it started to gain momentum. Started to really stick with people."

Cate Blanchett, winner of the Best Actress Oscar for "Blue Jasmine," talked of how her theater work in Australia has helped her film career, "Look it's ‑‑ roles like this don't come along very often, and as I think I said, or I hope I said, or I imagined I said, that it was a real synthesis for me of the long, deep connection I've had with the theatre. And the kind of often sort of intangible connection I've had to film. And I think Woody Allen and the script that he wrote provided me that forum to kind of make that synthesis happen. You know, someone who is ‑‑ had a very fragmented sense of self. I mean, I don't think I could have approached that in as bold a way as perhaps I did risking for a year as I did without having worked with the folks at the Sydney Theatre Company as intensively as I have."

Here is a full list of the Oscar winners (winners are highlighted in bold type):

BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR :

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:

  • Bruce Dern for "Nebraska"
  • Leonardo DiCaprio for "The Wolf of Wall Street"
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor for "12 Years a Slave"
  • Christian Bale in "American Hustle"
  • Matthew McConaughey for "Dallas Buyers Club"

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR:

  • "Frozen"
  • "The Croods"
  • "Despicable Me 2"
  • "The Wind Rises"
  • "Ernest & Celestine"

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY:

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN:

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING:

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

  • "Cutie and the Boxer," An Ex Lion Tamer and Cine Mosaic Production
  • “Dirty Wars," A Civic Bakery Production
  • 20 Feet from Stardom,” Gil Friesen Productions and Tremolo Productions
  • "The Square," A Noujaim Films and Maktube Production
  • “The Act of Killing,” Final Cut for Real Productions

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT:

  • "CaveDigger," A Karoffilms Production
  • "Facing Fear," A Jason Cohen Production
  • "Karma Has No Walls," A Hot Spot Films Production
  • "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life," A Reed Entertainment Production
  • "Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall"

ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING:

·BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR:

  • "The Great Beauty"
  • "The Hunt"
  • "The Grandmaster"
  • "Omar"
  • "The Broken Circle Breakdown"

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIR STYLING:

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (Original score):

  • John Williams for "The Book Thief"
  • Steven Price for "Gravity"
  • William Butler and Owen Pallett for "Her"
  • Thomas Newman for "Saving Mr. Banks"
  • Alexandre Desplat for "Philomena"

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (Original song):

  • U2 for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" - song "Ordinary Love"
  • "Frozen" - song "Let it Go"
  • "Frozen" - song "Happy"
  • "Alone Yet Not Alone" - song "Alone Yet Not Alone"
  • "Her" - song "The Moon Song"

ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN:

BEST ANIMATED SHORT:

  • "Feral"
  • "Get a Horse!"
  • "Mr. Hublot"
  • "Possessions"
  • "Room o the Broom"

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT:

  • "Aquel No Era Yo"
  • "Avant Que De Tout Perdre"
  • "Helium"
  • "Do I Have to Care of Everything?"
  • "The Voorman Problem"

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING:

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING:

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS:

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

  • John Ridley for "12 Years a Slave"
  • Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for "Before Midnight"
  • Billy Ray for "Captain Phillips"
  • Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan for "Philomena"
  • Terence Winter for "The Wolf of Wall Street"

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

  • Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for "American Hustle"
  • Spike Jonze for "Her"
  • Bob Nelson for "Nebraska"
  • Woody Allen for "Blue Jasmine"
  • Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack for "Dallas Buyers Club"

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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com