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article imageOscars: '12 Years a Slave' takes top award; 'Gravity' wins seven

By Tim O'Brien     Mar 2, 2014 in Entertainment
"12 Years a Slave" wins best picture as the Oscars just wrapped up in Hollywood. It was a victory for movies tonight with a split between top movie and director. That is something that has now happened two years in a row.
Cate Blanchett won for best actress in "Blue Jasmine" while Matthew McConaughey won for best actor in "Dallas Buyers Club."
Ellen Degeneres as host of the Oscars started out the show in fine form with jokes that didn't burn those in attendance too much. Perhaps one that did zing was the one aimed toward Liza Minnelli.
She noted that the best impersonator of Liza was in the audience and then said, "Thank you sir." Liza and siblings were attendance for the tribute to "The Wizard of Oz."
The first standing ovation of the evening went to Darlene Love as he sang her part of the acceptance speech for documentary, "20 Feet From Stardom." The second went to Bono and U2.
Jared Leto won the first award of the night as he took and swept award season with his supporting actor win. In the supporting actress category, Lupita Nyong'o snapped Jennifer Lawrence's dream of going back-to-back. Nyong'o won for her role in "12 Years a Slave." With that announcement came another standing ovation, the third of the evening.
One more standing ovation went to Pink for her version of "Over The Rainbow." At this point, it was surprising that ordering pizza for the audience didn't get one. Bette Midler and her emotional "Wind Beneath My Wings" garnered a partial standing ovation. The fifth of the night went to Idina Menzel for "Let It Go."
The show was a throwback to the show's of the past, with host Ellen DeGeneres not throwing out the snark and sarcasm and put it back into the place where it should be.
The award show the others want to be. The show that brings pride to the industry. It wasn't one where the host takes over and slams all in its wake. It promoted the industry while having fun along the way and respecting those who bring the movies to life.
With the win by Alfonso Cauron in the best director category for "Gravity," it solidifies its place as the night's top winner with seven, even though it didn't win the big prize. Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" kept its front-runner status and was awarded the top prize. A win all around for the show and the movies.
The night was that much of a surprise as the tech awards went the way of "Gravity" which will made it the big winner, numbers wise, of the night.
The In Memoriam of late has garnered problems with people it leaves out but there is only so much time. But, Roger Ebert, film critic did make it as did Ramis, who just recently passed away. During the cinematography award, presenter Bill Murray inserted his own tribute to Harold Ramis. A good, light touch which did not take anything away from the award.
In one of the heated categories and a throwback to the old days, the songs up for Oscar came back into the discussion. "Let It Go" beat out the other front-runner, "Ordinary Love," by U2. All performances were well received. A few more ovations were accorded as well, so the audience got their exercise.
EARLIER: Here is a reminder of the Oscar nominations. The winners will be updated live as the awards happen right here on Digital Journal.
"12 Years a Slave"
"American Hustle"
"Captain Phillips"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Alexander Payne, "Nebraska"
David O. Russell, "American Hustle"
Martin Scorsese, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Christian Bale, "American Hustle"
Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Note: Blanchett never was in doubt, even when Woody Allen troubles arose.
Barkhad Abdi in "Captain Phillips"
Bradley Cooper in "American Hustle"
Michael Fassbender in "12 Years a Slave"
Jonah Hill in "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Jared Leto in "Dallas Buyers Club"
Note: Leto swept his way through award season and this topped it off.
Sally Hawkins in "Blue Jasmine"
Jennifer Lawrence in "American Hustle"
Lupita Nyong'o in "12 Years a Slave"
Julia Roberts in "August: Osage County"
June Squibb in "Nebraska"
Note: As Nyong's speech went on it proved the power of the role and her presence. And her win over Lawrence was justified.
The Croods"
“Despicable Me 2”
“The Wind Rises”
“Ernest and Celestine”
“12 Years a Slave”
“Before Midnight”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
“Captain Phillips”
Note: John Gidley speaks with depth as he honors a mentor.
“American Hustle”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Blue Jasmine”
Note: Spike Jonze proves what a truly original screenplay is.
"The Act Of Killing"
"Cutie & The Boxer"
"Dirty Wars"
"The Square"
"Twenty Feet From Stardom"
"The Broken Circle Breakdown"
"The Great Beauty"
"The Hunt"
"The Missing Picture"
MUSIC (Original Score)
“The Book Thief” John Williams
“Gravity” Steven Price
“Her” William Butler and Owen Pallett
“Philomena” Alexandre Desplat
“Saving Mr. Banks” Thomas Newman
MUSIC (Original Song)
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel
“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson
“The Grandmaster,” Philippe Le Sourd
“Gravity,” Emmanuel Lubezki
“Inside Llewyn Davis,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Nebraska,” Phedon Papamichael
“Prisoners,” Roger A. Deakins
“American Hustle,” Michael Wilkinson
“The Grandmaster,” William Chang Suk Ping
“The Great Gatsby,” Catherine Martin
“The Invisible Woman,” Michael O’Connor
“12 Years a Slave,” Patricia Norris
“CaveDigger,” Jeffrey Karoff
“Facing Fear,” Jason Cohen
“Karama Has No Walls,” Sara Ishaq
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall,” Edgar Barens
“American Hustle,” Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
“Captain Phillips,” Christopher Rouse
“Dallas Buyers Club,” John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
“Gravity”, Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
“12 Years a Slave,” Joe Walker
“American Hustle” Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler
“Gravity” Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
“The Great Gatsby” Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn
“Her” Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena
“12 Years a Slave” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker
SHORT FILM (Animated)
“Feral”, Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
“Get a Horse!,” Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
“Mr. Hublot,” Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
“Possessions,” Shuhei Morita
“Room on the Broom,” Max Lang and Jan Lachauer
SHORT FILM (Live Action)
“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me),” Esteban Crespo
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything),” Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
“Helium,” Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
“Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?),” Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
“The Voorman Problem,” Mark Gill and Baldwin Li
“All Is Lost,” Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
“Captain Phillips,” Oliver Tarney
“Gravity,” Glenn Freemantle
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Brent Burge
“Lone Survivor,” Wylie Stateman
“Captain Phillips,” Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
“Gravity,” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
“Inside Llewyn Davis,” Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
“Lone Survivor,” Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow
“Gravity,” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
“Iron Man 3,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
“The Lone Ranger,” Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
“Star Trek Into Darkness,” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton
“Dallas Buyers Club,” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” Stephen Prouty
“The Lone Ranger,” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny
The Oscars live LIVE in all time zones on ABC tonight (March 2).
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