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Oscars 2014: '12 Years a Slave' and 'Gravity' are the biggest winners

Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave." Pictured are director Steve McQueen (left) and actor Brad Pitt (right), who are two of the producers of "12 Years a Slave."
Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave." Pictured are director Steve McQueen (left) and actor Brad Pitt (right), who are two of the producers of "12 Years a Slave."
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The sci-fi thriller "Gravity" won the most awards (seven Oscars) at the 86th Annual Academy Awards (which took place at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014), but in the end, it was the historical drama "12 Years a Slave" that got the top prize: Best Picture. ABC had the live U.S. telecast of the show, which was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, whose antics during the ceremony included handing out pizza to celebrities in the audience and taking selfie photos of herself with several of the Oscar nominees who were sitting in the front rows.

Pictured at left: "12 Years a Slave." Pictured at right: "Gravity."
Photo at left: Fox Searchlight Pictures. Photo at right: Warner Bros. Pictures.

"12 Years a Slave" won three Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (for Lupita Nyong'o) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

As widely predicted, "Gravity" (which had 10 Oscar nominations) dominated in the technical categories. The seven Oscars won by "Gravity" were Best Director (for Alfonso Cuarón), Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Original Score.

"Dallas Buyers Club," which had six Oscar nominations, won three Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (for Matthew McConaughey), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (for Jared Leto), and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

"Frozen" and "The Great Gatsby" won two Oscars each. "Frozen" got the awards for Best Animated Film and Best Original Song (for "Let It Go"). "The Great Gatsby" took the prizes for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

Cate Blanchett of "Blue Jasmine" won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Some leading contenders at the awards show that ended up not winning any Oscars were "American Hustle" (which had 10 Oscar nominations); "Nebraska" and "Captain Phillips" (six nominations each); and "The Wolf of Wall Street" (five nominations).

Movies that were eligible for nomination had to be films released in at least one U.S. theater during 2013.

"12 Years a Slave" is based on the true story/memoir of Solomon Northup, an African-American who was kidnapped and enslaved for 12 years in the South in the 1800s. In his acceptance speech, "12 Years a Slave" director/producer Steve McQueen dedicated the Oscar to "everyone who's ever been enslaved" and people who are currently being enslaved.

In his acceptance speech, Brad Pitt, who is one of the producers of "12 Years a Slave," gave much of the credit to McQueen for the movie's vision. This is the first Oscar for Pitt, who has previously been nominated as an actor for the movies "Moneyball," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "12 Monkeys."

(Click here for list of winning and nominated movies at the 86th Annual Academy Awards that are available on VOD.)

Presenters at the 2014 Oscar ceremony included Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, Sidney Poitier, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Viola Davis, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emma Watson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jennifer Garner, Samuel L. Jackson, Kim Novak, Matthew McConaughey, John Travolta, Robert De Niro, Bill Murray, Amy Adams, Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn, Zac Efron, Gabourey Sidibe, Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans, Tyler Perry, Christoph Waltz and Anne Hathaway.

Performers at the show included U2, Pharrell Williams, Idina Menzel, Pink, Bette Midler and Karen O.

Here is the complete list of winners and nominees for the 86th Annual Academy Awards:

* = winner

Best Picture
"12 Years a Slave"*
"American Hustle"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Captain Phillips"

Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity"*
David O. Russell, "American Hustle"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Alexander Payne, "Nebraska"
Martin Scorsese, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Actor
Christian Bale, "American Hustle"
Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyer's Club"*

Best Actress
Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"*
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips"
Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle"
Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"
Jonah Hill, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyer's Club"*

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"
Sally Hawkins, "Blue Jasmine"
Lupita Nyong’o, "12 Years a Slave"*
Julia Roberts, "August: Osage County"
June Squibb, "Nebraska"

Best Animated Feature
"The Croods"
"Despicable Me 2"
"Ernest and Celestine"
"The Wind Rises"

Best Original Screenplay
"American Hustle"
"Blue Jasmine"
"Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Adapted Screenplay
"12 Years a Slave"*
"Before Midnight"
"Captain Phillips"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Foreign Language Film
"The Broken Circle Breakdown"
"The Great Beauty"*
"The Hunt"
"The Missing Picture"

Best Documentary Feature
"20 Feet From Stardom"*
"The Act of Killing"
"Cutie and the Boxer"
"Dirty Wars"
"The Square"

Best Documentary Short Subject

"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life"*
"Facing Fear"
"Karama Has No Walls"
"Prison Terminal: Last Days of Private Jack Hall"

Best Live Action Short Film
"Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)"
"Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)"
"Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)"
"The Voorman Problem"

Best Animated Short Film
"Get a Horse!"
"Mr. Hublot"*
"Room on the Broom"

Best Original Song
"Alone Yet Not Alone" from "Alone Yet Not Alone"
"The Moon Song" from "Her," Karen O. and Spike Jonze
"Let It Go" from "Frozen," Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez*
"Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," U2 (Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr.) and Danger Mouse (Brian Burton)
"Happy" from "Despicable Me 2," Pharrell Williams

Best Original Score
Steven Price, "Gravity"*
Alexandre Desplat, "Philomena"
William Butler and Owen Pallett, "Her"
John Williams, "The Book Thief"
Thomas Newman, "Saving Mr. Banks"

Best Sound Editing
"Captain Phillips"
"All Is Lost"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Lone Survivor"

Best Sound Mixing
"Captain Phillips"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Lone Survivor"

Best Production Design
"American Hustle"
"The Great Gatsby"*
"12 Years a Slave"

Best Cinematography
"The Grandmaster"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"

Best Makeup And Hairstyling
"Dallas Buyers Club"*
"Bad Grandpa"
"The Lone Ranger"

Best Costume Design
"The Great Gatsby"*
"The Grandmaster"
"American Hustle"
"The Invisible Woman"
"12 Years a Slave"

Best Film Editing
"12 Years a Slave"
"Captain Phillips"
"American Hustle"
"Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Visual Effects
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Iron Man 3"
"The Lone Ranger"
"Star Trek Into Darkness"

* = winner