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"12 Years A Slave," "Gravity" big winners at 2014 Oscars
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Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejioforin in 12 Years a Slave - © 2013 - Fox Searchlight Pictures
Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejioforin in 12 Years a Slave - © 2013 - Fox Searchlight Pictures

HOLLYWOOD – 12 Years A Slave took the prize for Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards on Sunday, while Gravity won the most Oscars with seven olden statues.

12 Years is the adaptation of Salomon Northrup’s true story of his journey from freedom to slavery and back to freedom in the mid-1800s. Lupita Nyong'o, who played a tortured slave woman in the film also won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. John Ridley also won the Best Adapted Screenplay award for the film.

Matthew McConaughey won the Best Actor prize for his portrayal of a 1980s AIDs patient and FDA activist in The Dallas Buyers Club, while cast mate Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a transgender AIDs sufferer in the film.  Cate Blanchett took the Best Actress award for her performance of a mentally unstable socialite in Blue Jasmine.

Gravity’s Alfonso Cuaron won for best director, as the film about astronauts struggling to survive a space disaster also swept all the “technical” awards (sound editing/mixing, editing, visual effects, cinematography), along with the prize for Original Score.

Ellen Degeneres hosted the show, which featured musical performances by all the original artists in the Best Original Song category. Frozen’s “Let It Go” won the award for co-writer Robert Lopez, who joins the elite “EGOT” club, reserved for artists who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony. Frozen also took home the prize Best Animated Feature.

20 Feet From Stardom, a film about backup singers that premiered at Utah’s Sundance Film Festival won the Oscar for Best Feature Documentary.

Perhaps the biggest snub of the night went to American Hustle. The film was shut out, despite equaling Gravity with ten nominations.

Here’s the list of all the winners and the nominees (winners in bold):

Best Picture

"12 Years a Slave"

"American Hustle"


"The Wolf of Wall Street"

"Dallas Buyers Club"




"Captain Phillips"

Best Actor

Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyer's Club"

Christian Bale, "American Hustle"

Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"

Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"

Amy Adams, "American Hustle"

Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"

Judi Dench, "Philomena"

Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"

Best Supporting Actor

Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyer's Club"

Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips"

Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle"

Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"

Jonah Hill, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Supporting Actress

Lupita Nyong’o, "12 Years a Slave"

Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"

Sally Hawkins, "Blue Jasmine"

Julia Roberts, "August: Osage County"

June Squibb, "Nebraska"

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 Original Screenplay

Spike Jonze, "Her"

"American Hustle"

"Blue Jasmine"

"Dallas Buyers Club"


Best Adapted Screenplay

John Ridley, "12 Years a Slave" 

"Before Midnight"

"Captain Phillips"


"The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Original Song

"Let It Go" from "Frozen," Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez

"The Moon Song" from "Her," Karen O. and Spike Jonze

"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 Production Design

Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn, "The Great Gatsby"

"American Hustle"



"12 Years a Slave"

Best Film Editing

Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger, "Gravity"

"12 Years a Slave"

"Captain Phillips"

"American Hustle"

"Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Cinematography

Emmanuel Lubezki, "Gravity"

"The Grandmaster"

"Inside Llewyn Davis"



Best Sound Editing

Glen Freemantle, "Gravity"

"Captain Phillips"

"All Is Lost"

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

"Lone Survivor"

Best Sound Mixing

Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro, "Gravity"

"Captain Phillips"

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

"Inside Llewyn Davis"

"Lone Survivor"

Best Foreign Language Film

"The Great Beauty"

"The Broken Circle Breakdown"

"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 Visual Effects

Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould, "Gravity"

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

"Iron Man 3"

"The Lone Ranger"

"Star Trek Into Darkness"

Fast fact: Nominated for 10 Oscars, this is the first win for "Gravity."

Best Animated Feature


"The Croods"

"Despicable Me 2"

"Ernest and Celestine"

"The Wind Rises"

Fast fact: Nominated for two Oscars, this is the first win of the evening for Disney's "Frozen."

Best Animated Short Film

"Mr. Hublot"


"Get a Horse!"


"Room on the Broom"

Best Makeup And Hairstyling

"Dallas Buyers Club"

"Bad Grandpa"

"The Lone Ranger"

Fast fact: This marks the second Oscar win of the evening for "Dallas Buyer's Club."

Best Costume Design

Catherine Martin, "The Great Gatsby"

"The Grandmaster"

"American Hustle"

"The Invisible Woman"

"12 Years a Slave"


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