2014 Oscars: ’12 Years a Slave’ Wins Big

Actors Chewitel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o and Director Steve McQueen of the film '12 Years a Slave'.  (Photo Credit: Google Images)

Actors Chewitel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and Director Steve McQueen of the film ’12 Years a Slave’.
(Photo Credit: Google Images)

The 86th Academy Awards live telecast has come to an end. 12 Years a Slave showed and proved, taking home gold statuettes for Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o), Best Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley) and Best Picture. Alfonso Cuaron won the Best Director Oscar for Gravity, beating out 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen. Gravity also won Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects awards as well.

Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey surprised viewers by taking home the Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor award for their tremendous performances in the film Dallas Buyers Club. Their well-deserved wins left many wondering just how much longer Leonardo DiCaprio and Amy Adams will have to wait for Oscar gold.

“Let it Go” from Frozen won Best Original Song, beating out Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ from Despicable Me 2 and ‘Ordinary Love ‘ from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom by U2, who performed a wonderful arrangement of the song during the broadcast.

Cate Blanchett won the Best Actress award for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Blanchett thanked the embattled director in her acceptance speech. Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, Matthew McConaughey and Steve McQueen delivered beautiful acceptance speeches.

Best non-performance of the night was made by last year’s Best Supporting Actress Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence let the audience have it for laughing while she was approaching the microphone on the stage, sounding more like her character Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle than an Academy Award-winning actress. Brava.

For a complete list of winners, visit Variety.

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