An Oscar Mix of “Gravity,” Slavery … and Pizza

Published on March 4th, 2014
Steve McQueen, director of “12 Years a Slave,” thanks his family, the cast and producer/actor Brad Pitt after the film wins the Oscar for Best Motion Picture. Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Steve McQueen, director of “12 Years a Slave,” thanks his family, the cast and producer/actor Brad Pitt after the film was named Best Motion Picture.

“Gravity” dominated the 86th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night, winning seven Oscars in a ceremony high on audience participation with “selfies,” dancing, pizza and lots of laughter.

Alfonso Cuarón, director of “Gravity,” is the first Latin American to take home an Oscar for the directing category. “Gravity” also won for cinematography, film editing, original score, sound mixing, sound editing and visual effects.

12 Years a Slave” won the coveted award for Best Picture, making Steve McQueen the first African-American director to be honored in this category. The film also won Best Adapted Screenplay, and Lupita Nyong’o, this year’s breakout star, captured the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting role. Nyong’o gave an emotional acceptance speech in which she acknowledged the spirit of Patsy, the character she played in the film, for guiding her performance.

“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid,” Nyong’o tearfully said.

Matthew McConaughey won the Best Actor Oscar for his role as an AIDS victim who sells medication to other AIDS victims in “Dallas Buyers Club.” The film also won for Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, which went to Jared Leto.

The Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role went to Cate Blanchett for her performance in “Blue Jasmine,” which was directed and written by Woody Allen.

“Let It Go,” from the Best Animated Feature winner “Frozen,” won Best Original Song. Idina Menzel performed the song, along with other nominees in the category such as “The Moon Song” by Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, featuring Ezra Koenig, from “Her.”

Crowd favorite Pharrell Williams sang “Happy” from the animated film “Despicable Me 2” and danced with nominees in the audience including Nyong’o and Meryl Streep. Although “Happy” didn’t win, it is No. 1  on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Emmy Award-winning talk show host Ellen DeGeneres also interacted with the audience. In her second year in a row as host, DeGeneres ordered pizza for the audience and took a “selfie” that became the most retweeted photo in Twitter history with more than 2.7 million retweets.

It was a night to remember at the 86th annual Academy Awards, but if you missed the show, below is the full list of winners:

Best Motion Picture of the Year
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
12 Years a Slave—WINNER
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale for American Hustle
Bruce Dern for Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club—WINNER

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper for American Hustle
Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club—WINNER

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Amy Adams for American Hustle
Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine—WINNER
Sandra Bullock for Gravity
Judi Dench for Philomena
Meryl Streep for August: Osage County

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave—WINNER
Julia Roberts for August: Osage County
June Squibb for Nebraska

Best Animated Feature Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
Frozen—WINNER
The Wind Rises

Achievement in Cinematography
The Grandmaster
Gravity—WINNER
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Prisoners

Achievement in Costume Design
American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby—WINNER
The Invisible Woman
12 Years a Slave

Achievement in Directing
David O. Russel for American Hustle
Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity—WINNER
Alexander Payne for Nebraska
Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Documentary Feature
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet From Stardom—WINNER

Best Documentary Short Subject
Cavedigger
Facing Fear
Karma Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life—WINNER
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Achievement in Film Editing
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity—WINNER
12 Years a Slave

Best Foreign Language Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty—WINNER
The Hunt
The Missing Picture
Omar

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club—WINNER
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger

Best Original Score
The Book Thief
Gravity—WINNER
Her
Philomena
Saving Mr. Banks

Best Original Song
Happy from Despicable Me 2
Let It Go from Frozen—Winner
The Moon Song from Her
Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Achievement in Production Design
American Hustle
Gravity
The Great Gatsby—WINNER

Her
12 Years a Slave

Best Animated Short Film
Feral
Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot—WINNER
Possessions
Room on the Broom

Best Live Action Short Film
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Helium
PITÄÄKÖ MUN KAIKKI HOITAA? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem

Achievement in Sound Editing
All is Lost
Captain Phillips
Gravity—WINNER
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lone Survivor

Achievement in Sound Mixing
Captain Phillips
Gravity—WINNER
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor

Achievement in Visual Effects
Gravity—WINNER
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness

Best Adapted Screenplay
Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
Philomena
12 Years a Slave—WINNER
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Original Screenplay
American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club
Her—WINNER
Nebraska

Briahnna Brown covers TV and film for 101Magazine.net.

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