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The Oscars 2014: a recap of the winners

Films are a major part of our lives; they inspire us in many ways we may not even notice. Last night, comedian Ellen DeGeneres hosted The Oscars, an awards ceremony honoring achievements in the film industry.

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Some of the expected winners of the night include “Gravity”, “The Great Gatsby” and “12 Years a Slave”. If you missed the show, here is a recap of the big winners of the night.

The film “Dallas Buyers Club” had a few winners. Jared Leto took home the award for Best Supporting Actor while Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor. The Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar also went to the “Dallas Buyers Club” crew.

“The Great Gatsby” won an Oscar for Best Costume Design and won an award for Achievement in Production Design.

The popular animated feature film loved by many today, “Frozen”, won Best Animated Feature Film and won Best Original Song with “Let it Go”.

Best Documentary Feature went to “20 Feet from Stardom” and Italy’s “The Great Beauty” won Best Foreign Language Film.

“12 Years a Slave” was another popular film of the night. The film won one of the major awards of the night, Best Picture. Lupita Nyong’o won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and John Ridley won for best adapted screenplay.

The Oscar for Best Original Screenplay went to Spike Jonze for “Her.”

As expected, “Gravity” also won many awards. The film was awarded for Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Visual effects. Alfonso Cuarón won the Oscar for Best Director.

Finally, the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role went to Cate Blanchett for her role in “Blue Jasmine”.

Although the Oscars are not overwhelmed with performances the way other awards shows usually are, there were a few performances that stole the show.

Pharell had everyone clapping along and dancing as he performed his new hit, “Happy”. Pink sang a beautiful rendition of “Over the Rainbow” in tribute of the classic film “The Wizard of Oz”. U2 performed “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” Bette Midler sang “The Wind Beneath My Wings” in a loving tribute. Lastly, Idina Menzel performed the best original song winner, “Let it Go” from the film “Frozen”.