’12 Years a Slave’ wins Best Picture; ‘Gravity’ cleans up at Oscars

LOS ANGELES — “Gravity” led all films in number of Oscars, including an award for director Alfonso Cuaron, but it was “12 Years a Slave” that walked away with Best Picture at Sunday night’s Academy Awards.

“Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live,” said “12 Years” director Steve McQueen while his jubilant collaborators (including Brad Pitt) celebrated behind him on stage.

In his acceptance speech, Cuaron thanked “The wise guys at Warner Bros.” before catching himself and amending the phrase to “the wise people at Warner Bros.” The Mexican director devoted four years of his life to making the technically challenging film about a space mission gone wrong.

“Gravity’s” other Oscars are for original score, visual effects, sound mixing and sound editing, cinematography and film editing.

Matthew McConaughey won best actor for his performance in “Dallas Buyers Club.” His co-star, Jared Leto, won best supporting actor, and the film won for makeup and hairstyling.

Cate Blanchett won best actress for her performance in “Blue Jasmine.”

“12 Years a Slave” had two key awards at Sunday’s 86th Academy Awards: best supporting actress and adapted screenplay.

Newcomer Lupita Nyong’o won best supporting actress.

“It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is because of so much pain in someone else’s,” Nyong’o said, paying tribute to her character, Patsey, a slave in 1840s Louisiana. Her voice cracked noticeably as she spoke.

“Let It Go,” from the animated film “Frozen,” won best song. Robert Lopez, one of its songwriters, became an EGOT with his Oscar win: He now has an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. “Frozen”also for won best animated feature.

Darlene Love, one of the singers featured in documentary winner “20 Feet From Stardom,” launched into an impromptu version of “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” upon the film’s win. Her full-throated take brought down the house.

“The Great Gatsby” won two Oscars, for production design and costume design. Italy’s “The Great Beauty” took home the Oscar for foreign-language film.

The “In Memoriam” segment, which has received scrutiny in recent years after certain omissions, included notables who recently died — among them Sid Caesar, Harold Ramis and Shirley Temple Black — and concluded with Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Ellen DeGeneres managed to set a social media record with a celebrity-filled selfie that was retweeted more times than any photograph in Twitter history. She went into the audience and gathered a number of stars — including Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey and Bradley Cooper, who shot the image — and encouraged people to send it around the Internet. She had a pretty good head start, given that she has more than 25 million followers on Twitter.

Amy Adams, who was a best actress nominee for “American Hustle,” confessed to being nervous, even though she’s been nominated four other times.

“I woke up at 5 a.m. I couldn’t get back to sleep,” she told CNN’s Piers Morgan on the red carpet.

Still, the main attraction of the 2014 Oscars isn’t so much the winners. It’s the event — a showbiz extravaganza once described by Johnny Carson as “two hours of sparkling entertainment spread over a four-hour show.”

Among this year’s segments is a tribute to the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz,” which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Morgan talked with the children of “Oz” star Judy Garland — Minnelli and Lorna and Joey Luft — on the red carpet.

Asked who was the best singer in the family, Minnelli — an Oscar winner for “Cabaret” — responded quickly.

“Mama, we all know that,” she said.

Blue was the color of choice for many stars.

Nyong’o was wearing blue. So was Minnelli. Adams was dressed in Gucci.

Lawrence was an exception: She was in a striking red dress.

For “12 Years” actress Alfre Woodard, very little of the glitter matters.

Asked by Morgan what she was wearing, Woodard laughingly turned the question back toward the work that got all the nominees to the red carpet in the first place.

“I hope I’m wearing my talent tonight,” she said.

LIST OF WINNERS: 

Best picture

“12 Years a Slave” — WINNER
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity”
“Her”
“Nebraska”
“Philomena”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Actor in a leading role
Christian Bale – “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern – “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor – “12 Years A Slave”
Matthew McConaughey – “Dallas Buyers Club” — WINNER

Actor in a supporting role
Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper – “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender – “12 Years A Slave”
Jonah Hill – “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Jared Leto – “Dallas Buyers Club” — WINNER

Actress in a leading role
Amy Adams – “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett – “Blue Jasmine” — WINNER
Sandra Bullock – “Gravity”
Judi Dench – “Philomena”
Meryl Streep – “August: Osage County”

Actress in a supporting role
Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence – “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o – “12 Years A Slave” — WINNER
Julia Roberts – “August: Osage County”
June Squibb – “Nebraska”

Directing
Alfonso Cuaron – “Gravity” — WINNER
Steve McQueen – “12 Years A Slave”
Alexander Payne – “Nebraska”
David O. Russell – “American Hustle”
Martin Scorsese – “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Writing (adapted screenplay)
“12 Years A Slave” – John Ridley — WINNER
“Before Midnight” – Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke
“Captain Phillips” – Billy Ray
“Philomena” – Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
“The Wolf of Wall Street” – Terence Winter

Writing (original screenplay)
“American Hustle” – Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
“Blue Jasmine” – Woody Allen
“Dallas Buyers Club” – Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack
“Her” – Spike Jonze — WINNER
“Nebraska” – Bob Nelson

Animated feature film
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2″
“Ernest & Celestine”
“Frozen” — WINNER
“The Wind Rises”

Documentary (feature)
“The Act of Killing”
“Cutie and the Boxer”
“Dirty Wars”
“The Square”
“20 Feet from Stardom” — WINNER

Music (original song)
“Happy” – “Despicable Me 2″ – Pharrell Williams
“Let it Go” – “Frozen” – Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez — WINNER
“Ordinary Love” – “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” – U2, lyrics by Paul Hewson, aka Bono
“The Moon Song” – “Her” – music by Karen O, lyrics by Karen O and Spike Jonze

Music (original score)
“The Book Thief” – John Williams
“Gravity” Steven Price — WINNER
“Her” – William Butler and Owen Pallett
“Philomena” – Alexandre Desplat
“Saving Mr. Banks” – Thomas Newman

Visual effects
“Gravity” — WINNER
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Iron Man 3″
“The Lone Ranger”
“Star Trek Into Darkness”

Cinematography
“The Grandmaster”
“Gravity” — WINNER
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Nebraska”
“Prisoners”

Costume design

“12 Years a Slave”
“American Hustle”
“The Grandmaster”
“The Great Gatsby” — WINNER
“The Invisible Woman”

Makeup and hairstyling
“Dallas Buyers Club” — WINNER
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”
“The Lone Ranger”

Film editing
“12 Years a Slave”
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity” — WINNER

Documentary (short subject)
“CaveDigger”
“Facing Fear”
“Karama Has No Walls”
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” — WINNER
“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”

Foreign language film
“The Broken Circle Breakdown” – Belgium
“The Great Beauty” – Italy — WINNER
“The Hunt” – Denmark
“The Missing Picture” – Cambodia
“Omar” – Palestine

Short film (live action)
“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)”
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)”
“Helium” — WINNER
“Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)”
“The Voorman Problem”

Short film (animated)
“Feral”
“Get a Horse!”
“Mr. Hublot” — WINNER
“Possessions”
“Room on the Broom”

Production design
“12 Years a Slave”
“American Hustle”
“Gravity”
“The Great Gatsby” — WINNER
“Her”

Sound editing
“All Is Lost”
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity” — WINNER
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Lone Survivor”

Sound mixing
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity” — WINNER
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Lone Survivor”

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