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'12 Years' wins Oscar for Best Picture, 'Gravity' grabs most

Posted Monday, March 3, 2014 at 5:51 AM Central
Last updated Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 8:34 AM Central

by John Couture

It was touted as Ali vs. Frazier as both American Hustle and Gravity came into the Oscars with 10 nominations each, but the result was more vintage Tyson vs. some unfortunate soul who would wake up a week later with at least a nice paycheck to soothe his pain and suffering. Last year's awards darling David O. Russell and his film American Hustle was completely shut out while Gravity took home a show-leading seven statuettes.

While it was an impressive showing for Gravity, their awards were mostly in the the technical categories where they swept through the competition. At the top, 12 Years a Slave ruled as it took home Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong'o, Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley and, of course, Best Picture.

12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen might not have won for Best Director, but that didn't prevent him from giving his speech as part of the Best Picture win. His celebratory "jump for joy" afterwards pretty much summed up the night that was safe and a departure from last year's controversial host Seth MacFarlane. This year's host Ellen DeGeneres did an admirable job and got plenty of rave reviews on the social networks, but to me it just felt too safe.

The real winners of the night were Samsung and Twitter thanks to all of the selfies that DeGeneres posted from her phone to the popular social network. Oh, and we can't forget that local pizza joint Big Mama's and Papa's Pizzeria. I'm not sure how their pizza tastes, but if you click the link above, you can tell they are great at capitalizing on the buzz.

I love that delivery guy. He spotted Jennifer Lawrence and made a bee-line for the popular young actress and made sure she got a slice. And in a move that only cements her awesomeness in my eyes, she wolfed down the pizza with a zeal usually reserved for hardcore pizza fanatics and not Oscar-winning actresses.

In the moment that crystallized the ceremony for me, Matthew McConaughey channeled his Dazed and Confused character to end his acceptance speech for Best Actor, "Alright. Alright. Alright."

Yes, Matthew the night was "alright."

If you missed the entire telecast, here's everything distilled down to less than 2 minutes, compiled by the folks at Digg.

Here are all the winners from Sunday night's 86th Annual Academy Awards.

Best Picture

Actor In A Leading Role

Actress In A Leading Role

Actor In A Supporting Role

Actress In A Supporting Role


Original Screenplay

Adapted Screenplay

Animated Feature Film

Art Direction

  • WINNER - Catherine Martin (Production Design) Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration), The Great Gatsby
  • Judy Becker (Production Design) Heather Loeffler (Set Decoration), American Hustle
  • Andy Nicholson (Production Design) Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration), Gravity
  • K.K. Barrett (Production Design) Gene Serdena (Set Decoration), Her
  • Adam Stockhausen (Production Design) Alice Baker (Set Decoration), 12 Years a Slave


Costume Design

Documentary Feature

Documentary Short Subject

  • WINNER - The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
  • CaveDigger
  • Facing Fear
  • Karama Has No Walls
  • Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Film Editing

Foreign Language Film


Music (Original Score)

Music (Original Song)

  • WINNER - 'Let it Go' by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Frozen
  • 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams, Despicable Me 2
  • 'The Moon Song' by Karen O and Spike Jonze, Her
  • 'Ordinary Love' by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Short Film (Animated)

  • WINNER - Mr. Hublot
  • Feral
  • Get a Horse!
  • Possessions
  • Room on the Broom

Short Film (Live Action)

  • WINNER - Helium
  • 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

Sound Editing

Sound Mixing

Visual Effects

Source: Oscar.com