In what might have been the only category that wasn’t a lock, 12 Years a Slave took home best picture at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, ending a night that saw Academy love being spread around many of the top nominated films. Except for American Hustle that is, which was completely shutout. Oy.
12 Years a Slave took home best picture, best supporting actress (Lupita Nyong’o), and best adapted screenplay (John Ridley). Brad Pitt, one of the film’s producers, accepted the best picture statue on behalf of the film before director Steve McQueen added a moving tribute to the man whose life inspired the movie:
“Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup. This is for all the people who have endured slavery, and the 21 million people who still endure slavery today.”
Gravity walked away with the most total awards (seven), including best director for Alfonso Cuaron, original score, visual effects, sound mixing and sound editing, cinematography and film editing.
Dallas Buyers Club picked up best actor for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto for best supporting actor, as well as an award for makeup and hairstyling. Cate Blanchett won best actress for her work in Blue Jasmine.
Frozen won best animated feature and also best song for “Let it Go.” Robert Lopez, one of its songwriters, became an EGOT winner, adding an Oscar to his Emmy, Grammy, and Tony.
Host Ellen DeGeneres did a great job keeping things relatively fast-paced, and even managed to set a social media record with a celeb selfie for the ages that quickly became the most tweeted photo in history. (Editor’s note: I love that it looks like Kevin Spacey is photobombing this in the background.)
A more somber highlight was an emotional “In Memoriam” segment, made all the more so with so many recent deaths — Sid Caesar, Harold Ramis, and Shirley Temple Black — ending with Philip Seymour Hoffman, and even throwing in a quick shoutout to Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old camera assistant who was tragically killed on the set of a film called Midnight Rider a couple of weeks ago. Many wondered if the Academy would recognize her in the segment, and after a social media campaign called “Slates for Sarah” garnered enough attention, the producers of the Oscars added Jones’ photo to a banner image that was broadcast across the bottom of our televisions last night.
Here’s a complete list of all the winners:
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Great Gatsby
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Dallas Buyers Club
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
BEST ANIMATED FILM
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
20 Feet From Stardom
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Great Beauty
BEST SOUND MIXING
BEST SOUND EDITING
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
BEST FILM EDITING
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Great Gatsby
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Let It Go”/Frozen
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
12 Years a Slave
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
12 Years a Slave
What did you think of the ceremony? How was it in comparison to recent years? Did your favorite films win this year? Let us know in the comments!
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