Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" was named Best Picture at the Oscars' 2014 ceremony. The drama, which earned nine total nominations at the 86th annual Academy Awards, also won awards for Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o) and Best Adapted Screenplay (written by John Ridley).
While "12 Years a Slave" won the Oscars' top honor, "Gravity" was the Academy Awards' big winner. Alfonso Cuaron's film, which was tied with "American Hustle" for the most nominations on the night, 10 in total, took home seven awards. Cuaron himself won two: Best Director and Best Editing, an award he shared with Mark Sanger. ("American Hustle" lost in all 10 of its categories.)
In addition to Nyong'o, acting winners included Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor for "Dallas Buyers Club") and Cate Blanchett, who won Best Actress for "Blue Jasmine." She received a standing ovation upon accepting her award. "Sit down, you're too old to be standing," she joked. She thanked her competitors in the category as well as Woody Allen, the film's controversial writer-director.
Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor for "Dallas Buyers Club," where he played Rayon, a transgender woman suffering from AIDS.
Other winners include "Frozen" (Best Animated Feature), "20 Feet From Stardom" (Best Documentary Feature), "The Great Beauty" (Best Foreign Language Film) and "Her" (Best Original Screenplay for Spike Jonze).
"12 Years a Slave"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"
Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity"
ALL OTHER CATEGORIES
Best Animated Feature
Best Foreign Language Film
"The Great Beauty" (Italy)
"20 Feet From Stardom"
Best Original Screenplay
"Her," written by Spike Jonze
Best Adapted Screenplay
"12 Years a Slave," screenplay by John Ridley
Best Original Score
"Gravity," Steven Price
Best Original Song
"Let It Go" from "Frozen," music and lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
"Gravity," Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
Emmanuel Lubezki, "Gravity"
Best Production Design
"The Great Gatsby," Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)
Best Costume Design
Catherine Martin, "The Great Gatsby"
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Best Sound Editing
Glenn Freemantle, "Gravity"
Best Sound Mixing
Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro, "Gravity"
Best Visual Effects
Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould, "Gravity"
Best Live-Action Short
"Helium," Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
Best Animated Short
"Mr. Hublot," Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
Best Documentary Short
"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life," Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
An historic night for Steve McQueen and "12 Years a Slave," wins for Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o, seven Oscars for "Gravity" and no love for "American Hustle." These were your 2014 Oscars. Hope you enjoyed it!
As expected, "12 Years a Slave" won Best Picture. Producers Brad Pitt and Steve McQueen accepted the award.
"To that I say alright, alright, alright." http://t.co/3MHHnAXXUv— ThePlaylist (@ThePlaylist) 6 years ago
NO ALL RIGHT ALL RIGHT ALL RIGHT WUT BIGGEST UPSET OF THE NIGHT.— Christopher Rosen (@chrisjrosen) 5 years ago
#truedetectiveseason2 is McCounaughey and his Oscar. He won for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club."
She also gave an impassioned plea to Hollywood to acknowledge that people want to see movies with female leads. One of the night's most memorable speeches.
Will Cate Blanchett thank Woody Allen? Let's find out!
"American Hustle" has lost seven times, thus far, on Oscar night, including in the Original Screenplay category where Spike Jonze's "Her" took top honors.
Just because it's great and you need to know that.
Cuaron wins his second Oscar of the night for "Gravity."
Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez accepted the award with a speech that rhymed.
Or, well, Adele Dazeem. Or whatever John Travolta called her when he introduced Menzel.
Adele Dazeem did okay, I guess— Jessica Goodman (@jessgood) March 3, 2014
Bette Midler sang "Wind Beneath My Wings" after the list of deceased stars was shown. Among those stars left out of the In Memoriam segment were Cory Monteith and James Avery. Sarah Jones, the camera woman who was killed on the set of "Midnight Rider," the Gregg Allman bio film, was also not mentioned.
"I felt quite fabulous," @Lupita_Nyongo says backstage of accepting Liza Minnelli's bear hug. #Oscars— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) 4 years ago
Catherine Martin gets another Oscar, giving her two for the night.
POOR LIZA. It's just not her night. #Oscars2014 http://t.co/fovJayjbwA— Harry Clayton-Wright (@HClaytonWright) 4 years ago
IS LIZA NOT SINGING?— Meredith Woerner (@MdellW) 5 years ago
She sings "Over The Rainbow" to pay tribute to "The Wizard Of Oz," which is 75.
That gets director Alfonso Cuaron his first Oscar of the night. Cuaron co-edited the film with Mark Sanger.
Bill Murray and Amy Adams gave out the award. Before announcing Emmanuel Lubezki as winner, Murray paid tribute to the late Harold Ramis, who died last week.
Put those think pieces away: Nyong'o topped Jennifer Lawrence for the award and received a standing ovation in the process. "No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid," she said.
That's three Oscars for "Gravity," if you're keeping score at home. It has received the most awards this evening.
If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars http://t.co/C9U5NOtGap— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) 5 years ago
But for those still awake: U2 played "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" and Brad Pitt introduced the band.
Director Paolo Sorrentino accepts the award and thanks, among others, Martin Scorsese. "The Great Beauty" was Italy's entry at the category.
And Darlene Love got to sing on the Oscars stage. Here's what Love told HuffPost Entertainment last year about a potential Oscars appearance:
That would be the ultimate. Never say never! Fate has been very good to me. I've been in the right place at the right time for the last 20 years. For one thing, it would give a lot of people the chance to see me. "Wow, that's Darlene Love. She really can sing! And she looks good."