Film News: ‘12 Years a Slave’ is Best Picture at 2014 Oscars

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CHICAGO – Hollywood celebrated its big night at the 86th Academy Awards, and the biggest news was the selfie photo that apparently broke Twitter. The stark film “12 Years a Slave” won Best Picture, and Ellen DeGeneres took the celebrity group selfie that immediately was Tweeted around the world, overloading the popular website.

The other big win for “12 Years a Slave” was in the Best Supporting Actress category. Lupita Nyong’o took home the trophy, besting the early award season favorite, Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”). Best Actor and Actress completed the awards season cycle for Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyer’s Club”) and Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”), who were heavily favored. Alfonso Cuarón was honored as Best Director for the amazingly visual film “Gravity,” and Jared Leto was no surprise in winning the Best Supporting Actor for “Dallas Buyer’s Club.”

86th Academy Awards
Host Ellen DeGeneres and the Selfie that Broke Twitter
Photo credit: ABC

The breezier show still went over 3 and a half hours, but the Best Song nominations – eventually won by “Let it Go” from the animated film “Frozen” – were simply and entertainingly performed. Host Ellen DeGeneres low-keyed comic style was warmly received, and even silly bits like delivering pizza to the celebrity audience seemed to work at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Strangest moment? The mangling of Idina Menzel’s name by John Travolta, when he introduced her before she sang “Let it Go.”

The full list of winners for the 86th Academy Awards are as follows.

BEST PICTURE
“12 Years a Slave”


BEST ACTOR
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Spike Jonze, “Her”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
“The Great Gatsby”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Gravity”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“The Great Gatsby”

BEST EDITING
“Gravity”

BEST MAKEUP
“Dallas Buyers Club”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
“Gravity”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Let It Go,” from “Frozen”

BEST SOUND EDITING
“Gravity”

BEST SOUND MIXING
 “Gravity”


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
“Gravity”

BEST ANIMATED FILM
“Frozen”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“20 Feet from Stardom”


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“The Great Beauty”

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
“Mr Hublot”

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT
“Helium”

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
“The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life”

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

By PATRICK McDONALD
Senior Staff Writer
HollywoodChicago.com
pat@hollywoodchicago.com

© 2014 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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