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Oscars 2014: The Ceremony - As It Happened!
Oscars 2014: The Ceremony - As It Happened!
Live commentary of the 86th Academy Awards show

03 March 2014  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Ellen Degeneres - Oscar Ceremony
Photo: Getty Images


01:40 

It's beginning! Ellen's surrounded by an army of small see-through Oscars. "For those of you watching around the world, it's been a tough couple of days for us here. It's been raining. Thank you for your prayers. Last time I was here, Meryl Streep was nominated, Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio - so different! Barkhad Abdi is here. He's a Somalian, so he knows a lot about wine.

"Tonight's theme is Heroes In Hollywood, and we need heroes more than ever. The most important things are love and friendship and family, and if people don't have those things they generally get into showbusiness. I think you should think of yourselves as winners; not all of you, but the ones who have won before. I did a little bit of research: between all the nominees here tonight you've made over 1400 films, and in total you've gone through six years of college.

"Amy Adams, you're in two nominated films tonight. That is so - what's the word for it? - selfish. One of the nominees is Her - and by Her, I of course mean Meryl Streep. Meryl's been nominated 18 times, which sounds good, but if you add that up it's hundreds of thousands of dollars in hair and make-up and dresses, and she cannot afford to be nominated again. But here we all are: you're hungry, you're in competition, Jennifer Lawrence won last year. It's The Hunger Games! Jennifer, if you win tonight, I think we should bring you the Oscar. It's safer.

"Win or lose, you all look beautiful tonight. I'm not going to say who's the most beautiful, but it's Jared Leto. He's the prettiest. Jonah Hill is nominated for The Wolf Of Wall Street. You showed us something in that film that I have not seen for a very long time.

"We should get started. Anything could happen! Possibility one: 12 Years A Slave wins Best Picture. Possibility two: you're all racist. And now please welcome our first white presenter: Anne Hathaway!"

A mildly amusing start!

01:46 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Anne Hathaway's presenting, a little earnestly.

And the Oscar goes to... JARED LETO, Dallas Buyers Club!

Best Supporting Actor - Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Photo: Getty Images

Leto: "Incredible. Ellen, I love you. To my fellow nominees, I'm in awe and have so much respect for you all. In 1971, there was a teenage girl pregnant with her second child. She was a high-school dropout and single mum, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative and work hard. That was my mother, she's here tonight, and I just want to say thank you for teaching me to dream. To all the dreamers in places like Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say that as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we're thinking of you tonight. And this is for the 36 million people who lost the battle against AIDS. Thank you so much and goodnight."

Well that showed the importance of being earnest.

01:51 

"Citizen Kane. Lawrence of Arabia. Ace Ventura. Our next presenter was in one of those." Yes, it's Jim Carrey presenting. He pays tribute to Dern and then pulls Woody-from-Nebraska faces at him in a truly terrifying manner. Jeez, we don't want to give the guy a heart attack.

Says Carrey, "For years, Hollywood has been conjuring dreams of crazy colours and flying elephants, thanks to LSD. Wait! Animation."

So it's some sort of animation montage? Because reasons? Weirdly narrow choices too - almost all recent and about 90% Pixar or DreamWorks.

Still,"Anyone else feel that was a little light on Finding Nemo?" asks Ellen plaintively.

Back to the awards! Kerry Washington is here to present... Wait, no, it's Pharrell in a big stupid hat performing Happy from Despicable Me 2. He's dancing with Lupita Nyong'o and Amy Adams. There are small children on stage bopping cheerfully. This is waking us up slightly.

But now, back to the awards! Wait, no, it's an ads break.

02:00 

COSTUME DESIGN

As Ellen turns down Jonah Hill's offer to show her something (a penis), Samuel L. Jackson and Naomi Watts are presenting.

The winner is...CATHERINE MARTIN, The Great Gatsby.

Oscar Winner - The Great Gatsby
Photo: Getty Images

Martin: "I have a few words tucked into my bra; it's a very Australian thing to do. I have to thank my incomparable husband Baz Luhrmann. He makes it all possible, he dreams the dream."

02:02 

MAKE-UP & HAIRSTYLING

Still Watts and Jackson presenting this one.

The winner is...DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews, which got by on a $250 budget, which deserves all the awards.

Oscar Winner - Best Make Up And Hair - Dallas Buyers Club
Photo: Getty Images

"Thank you so much, you've fulfilled every dream we ever had. To Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, thank you for letting us torture you through a million hair and make-up changes a day."

02:04 

The Indiana Jones theme is playing! That can only mean one thing. Indy's here to steal back the golden idols that litter the stage Harrison Ford is on stage. He's presenting a mash-up showreel for the first three Best Picture nominees, which means - happily - that we only have three of these intermissions instead of nine. Hooray! We might get out of here before dawn.

02:07 

Channing Tatum gets played on with a big swoony orchestral theme. Seems about right. He's talking about...something to do with short films? And new filmmakers? Chosen at a separate ceremony? Basically, we think this is the Oscars equivalent of Done In Sixty Seconds. Well done newcomers, whoever you are!

02:14 

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Ellen's giving out scratchcards to losing nominees to make them feel better. That seems nice. Now Kim Novak and Matthew McConaughey are presenting - or at least he is and she is struggling to speak clearly.

The winner is... MR HUBLOT

Oscar Winner - Best Animated Short - Mr. Hublot
Photo: Getty Images

Lawrence Witz: "Sorry, lot of emotion. I have to take a paper. Thank you for supporting new filmmakers. It's my first movie as director. Thank you Mr Hublot for making this dream become reality!"

02:17 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

And this one goes to...FROZEN

(Well, we all saw that coming)

Oscar Winner - Best Animated Film - Frozen
Photo: Getty Images

Lee: "We're going to do this together, but we'll be fast."

Del Vecho: "We want to thank everyone at Disney Animation and our families."

Buck: "Finally we'd like to dedicate this to our guardian angel, my son Ryder Buck."

From the archive: The Frozen Directors' Character Guide

02:19 

Sally Field is talking about stories that challenge us and ones based on real people. It's a supercut of biopics, past and present and in some cases only vaguely based on fact (Braveheart?) and even further removed (To Kill A Mockingbird?). Wait, the theme is apparently "everyday heroes". So Lincoln? Gandhi? This makes no sense.

Whatever the definition of this lot, it's definitely a good time to nip out for a cuppa.

02:23 

VISUAL EFFECTS

Emma Watson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are here to present the Visual Effects award to Gravity whoever wins this one.

And the Oscar goes to...GRAVITY.

Oscar Winner - Best Visual Effects - Gravity
Photo: Getty Images

Shock of the night! You could've knocked us over with a feather etc.

Webber: "On behalf of all of us, thank you so much for this honour in a year of such great visual effects.It seemed like a crazy project, so thank you for Warners for believing in it; to George Clooney and Sandra Bullock for filling it with emotion; but most of all Alfonso for having the audacity to have this vision, to make it happen."

From the archive: Gravity VFX Supervisor Tim Webber Q&A

02:25 

A lower-key musical performance now, as Zooey Deschanel Karen O sings The Moon Song from Her. If you have a woolly cardigan and a hipster beard, employ them now.

02:33 

SHORT LIVE ACTION

Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis are presenting this one, and the winner is...HELIUM, Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson

Best Short Live Film - Helium
Photo: Getty Images

Walter: "This is crazy. I want to thank the Academy, and the short fans for keeping this category in the show. It's an amazing window for new talents.

Magnusson: "I would like to thank all those who keep making shorts, our fellow nominees, thank you all."

02:35 

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

The winner is...THE LADY IN NUMBER 6: MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE, Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

Oscar Best Documentary Short, The Lady In Number 6
Photo: Getty Images

"When I met Alice Summer, I was struck by her extraordinary capacity for joy and her amazing capacity for forgiveness. She died one week ago today, at 110. She died quietly. This is really for Alice. She taught everyone on my crew to be a little more optimistic and a little more happy about everything that happened in our lives. See the film, and I think she will help you all live a happier life."

02:40 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Bradley Cooper's presenting this one. You may have noticed that we're skipping all the earnest intros that come straight off the autocue, because the Oscar autocue is the place where words go to die. Anyway. Hell of a year for this category!

The winner is... 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers.

Oscar Winner - Best Documentary Feature - 20 Feet From Stardom
Photo: Getty Images

Neville: "Thank you. I first want to thank Gil Friesen. This was his baby. When we first met, he said we were going to win an Oscar, and I thought he was crazy. He passed away just before Sundance, but I know he's celebrating tonight."

Wow, and Darlene Love, one of the backing singers featured in the film, has taken the mic and is singing her thanks with a rendition of His Eye Is On The Sparrow. Other nominees, try this!

This award might be the first surprise of the night; many expected The Act Of Killing to take it. Perhaps it was a bit full-on for the voters.

02:45 

Kevin Spacey in the house! And he's doing Himself as Frank Underwood. He's also discussing the Honorary Awards, presented a while back because they take too long for the TV broadcast, apparently. He mentions Angela Lansbury (who isn't there because she's about to start a stage run in London), Steve Martin and costume designer Piero Tosi. The Humanitarian Award went to Angelina Jolie, because she's helped half the world and adopted the other half.

02:51 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Ewan McGregor, presumably chosen because Scottish is increasingly foreign, and Viola Davis are presenting.

The winner is... THE GREAT BEAUTY

Oscar Winner - Best Foreign Film - The Great Beauty
Photo: Getty Images

Sorrentino: "Thank you to the Academy, to my sources of inspiration - Fellini, Scorsese, Diego Maradona - to Rome and Napoli."

Well that could hardly have been more Italian. Did he really thank Diego Maradona?

02:54 

Tyler Perry is introducing the next three Best Picture nominees. Does this mean we're entering the second third? We hope so. We're getting as tired as Amy Adams' face right now. Weird noises are coming from Phil's computer, like there's a raccoon stuck in it, and we're beginning to freak out. Anyway, these three are Nebraska, Her and Gravity, which naturally fit together in a universe that's different to this one.

02:55 

Brad Pitt, now an uber-producer as well as a star, is introducing U2 to perform Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. It's not vintage, is it? And I say that as someone who actually likes them.

03:10 

Michael B. Jordan and Kristen Bell present the round-up of the Science & Technical Awards, aka the Awards For People Whose Jobs The Main Awards Organisers Don’t Understand. Big up to those people, who never get their day on the big stage.

03:11 

SOUND MIXING

Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are presenting the next one, and raising the heat everywhere within eyesight.

The winner is…GRAVITY, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro.

Oscar Winner , Best Sound Mixing - Gravity
Photo: Getty Images

“Thank you Academy members, and our leader, Alfonso. We want to thank you for your amazing vision and incredible patience.”

“Right now, we’re all over the moon. Thank you!”

03:11 

SOUND EDITING

The Oscar goes to…GRAVITY, Glenn Freemantle

Oscar Winner - Best Sound Mixing and Editing - Gravity
Photo: Getty Images

Freemantle: “Wow. My heart’s beating faster than Sandra’s. I’d like to thank Alfonso for an amazing film; the reason I’m here is because you gave me such an incredible film. You pushed us and pushed us, sometimes into the middle of the night, but thank you.”

03:17 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Last year's winner, Christoph Waltz, is naturally presenting this one.

And the winner is...LUPITA NYONG'O

Oscar Winner - Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years A Slave
Photo: Getty Images

She looks stunned. She really shouldn't be. The crowd are going nuts.

Nyong'o: "Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to the pain in someone else's, so to the spirit of Patsey my thanks. Steve McQueen, thank you for bringing us this. This has been the joy of my life. I am certain that the dead are standing about and watching and they are grateful and so am I. Chiwetel, thank you for your fearlessness. Michael Fassbender, you were my rock. When I look at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you're from your dreams are valid."

03:23 

Ellen's distributing pizzas to the hungry celebrities. Brad Pitt's handing out the paper plates to (noted Mystic Pizza fan) Julia Roberts and her row. Jennifer Lawrence tucked in (obviously); Jared Leto took a slice for his mum; Harrison's serving himself. Ellen's now trying to borrow money to pay from Sandra Bullock; on learning Bullock has no cash, she's hitting up Harvey Weinstein for a tip.

03:25 

The President of the Academy is now talking about history. Er, 1066! 1492! Wait, she's moved on to the present. Bet future's next...it was! Why are there all these boring bits in between the slightly-less-boring bits? Are they trying to bring us down after the temporary high that Nyong'o's win provided?

03:29 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

"Baby, you look like $146m domestic!" says Bill Murray to co-presenter Amy Adams. "Alright, you're the brains of the operation too baby; tell them who's up for best shooter."

"You forgot one: Harold Ramis for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day," says Murray after she finishes reading the nominees.

And the Oscar goes to...GRAVITY, Emmanuel Lubezki.

Oscar Winner - Best Cinematography - Gravity
Photo: Getty Images

Lubezki: "I would like to share this with the cast and crew - I know everybody says that - but I really do, especially with my friend and teacher Alfonso Cuaron. And with Team Webber and the Framestore nerds that made this trip possible, and David Heyman and Warners and Sandy Bullock. You are absolutely amazing. My family, my friends, my teachers - not all of them but some of them. Thank you all, and goodnight."

Yay Chivo!

From the archive: Top Cinematographers' Favourite Movie Moments

03:32 

FILM EDITING

Anna Kendrick and Gabourey Sidibe are presenting this one.

And the winner is... GRAVITY, Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger

Best Film Editing Oscar - Gravity
Photo: Getty Images

Sanger: "I'd like to thank our amazing team. There is no greater accolade than to be recognised by those who inspire you, and by that I mean you sir [to Cuaron] and my fellow nominees."

Cuaron started to say something, but was played off. He'll probably be back.

03:38 

Whoopi Goldberg is presenting something that seems to involve The Wizard Of Oz. They're "commemorating the legacy of The Wizard Of Oz and Judy Garland", and so her kids are here to take a bow - aha! That explains why Minelli's here! - and now Pink is performing a song that takes ages to turn into Somewhere Over The Rainbow. A little diaphragm control please! Try not to breathe mid-word. Her ruby dress is pretty though.

03:45 

Is this best selfie ever? We can't believe Lupita's brother is blocking Angelina Jolie.

03:46 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Ellen's now dressed as Glinda the Good ("Am I late?") as she introduces Jennifer Garner and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Oscar goes to... THE GREAT GATSBY Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)

Oscar Winner - Best Production Design - The Great Gatsby
Photo: Getty Images

Dunn: "Thank you to our fellow nominees; we're among a great group of people. I accept this award on behalf of the many technicians who work in the art department.

Martin: "Thank you, and I have to shout out to my children or they'll never forgive me!"

03:48 

Chris Evans and his beard are introducing "the most popular heroes", which means that as well as vaguely realistic heroes we now get people in capes and masks and holding wands and volunteering as Tributes and waving lightsabers. Hang on, that was Evans himself knocking a punchbag across the room in the montage! We're calling favourtism.

This montage should be renamed Films We'd Rather Be Watching In Full Instead Of Another Montage.

03:58 

Glenn Close is paying tribute to the recently departed.

RIP James Gandolfini, Karen Black, Tom Laughlin, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Carmen Zapata, Hal Needham, Richard Shepherd, Gerry Hambling, Jim Kelly, Stephenie McMillan, Les Blank, Eileen Brennan, Paul Walker, Fay Kanin, Charles L. Campbell, Deanna Durbin, Frederic Back, AC Lyles, Elmore Leonard, Annette Funicello, Petro Vlahos, Eduardo Cotinio, Saul Zaentz, Riz Ortolani, Peter O'Toole, Ray Harryhausen, Brian Ackland-Snow, Richard Griffiths, Sid Caesar, Roger Ebert, Shirley Temple Black, Joan Fontaine, Run Run Shaw, Juanita Moore, Mickey Moore, Stefan Kudelski, Harold Ramis, Eleanor Parker, Ray Dolby, Julie Harris, Maximiliam Schell, Richard Matheson, Gilbert Taylor, Tom Sherak, Esther Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman

And now Bette Midler's singing Wind Beneath My Wings. Even for an obit segment, this seems on the nose.

04:07 

Goldie Hawn's in a white satin dress just like her daughter's. Mother-daughter dressing is hot for 2014! She's introducing the showreel for the last three Best Picture nominees, which is BRILLIANT because it means we're entering the final third of the show. At this rate, we'll be finished and in bed by... oh god, like 11am. Anyway, it's Philomena, Captain Phillips and 12 Years A Slave, united by the subject of kidnapping, kinda.

04:09 

John Travolta introduces Idina Menzel to sing Let It Go from Frozen. It's the last of the Best Song contenders! Thank god they disqualified that Alone Yet Not Alone one, because now we can get on with it.

This is totally going to win though, right? Even if Menzel's atypically pitchy at the start.

Wait, the orchestra's in Capitol Records, and not in the auditorium. That might explain why the singers have seemed to have timing issues tonight.

04:16 

BEST SCORE

Jamie Foxx uses a well-timed pause to pep up the boring teleprompter intros, and then does a slow-mo Chariots of Fire bit when Jessica Biel tries to get back on track. Thank god someone's still trying to be funny! We'd lost hope.

And the Oscar goes to... GRAVITY, Steven Price.

Oscar Winner - Best Score - Gravity
Photo: Getty Images

Price: "Thank you so very much. Alfonso, I share this with you. You inspired every note I wrote. To all the musicians and friends who lent their talents to the score, this belongs to all of us. One of the great things about telling the story of Ryan Stone is that we got to celebrate life, and this is dedicated to those with whom I share my life."

From the archive: Steven Price On The Making Of The Gravity Soundtrack

04:18 

BEST SONG

And the winner is... Let It Go, FROZEN Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Best Song - Frozen
Photo: Getty Images

Kristen Anderson-Lopez: "To our fellow nominees, you are all rock stars, literally!"

Then they gave out their thanks in rhyme and in unison, and it's both adorable and clever, but it was also fast and we didn't get it all. So far, though, arguably the speech of the night.

04:26 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Ellen's doing a whip-round for the pizza, using Pharrell's giant hat. Then it's down to Penelope Cruz and Robert De Niro to introduce the first of the Screenplay awards.

And the winner is... 12 YEARS A SLAVE, John Ridley

Best Adapted Screenplay - 12 Years A Slave
Photo: Getty Images

Ridley: "I started writing in sitcoms a long time ago, and at that time I was fortunate enough to read everything I wrote, and that was John Dunn. This is an end to soul-crushing inadequacy. That was Solomon Northup's life, his words. Thanks to all the cast."

04:28 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

And the Oscar goes to... HER, Spike Jonze

Oscar Winner - Best Original Screenplay - Spike Jonze, Her
Photo: Getty Images

Wow! Biggest surprise so far.

Jonze: "This is an amazing moment, I appreciate it. I have 42 seconds so I better hurry. I'm up here not alone but with my friends and family who supported me through this. Natalie's crying, Brian's smiling; it's all of my friends, everyone I love. We made a movie about intimacy and that's what we share up here. Thank you guys for this."

04:38 

BEST DIRECTOR

Angelina Jolie and Sidney Poitier are presenting together. That's a whole lot of awesome sauce right there.

And the Oscar goes to... GRAVITY, ALFONSO CUARON obviously.

Oscar Winner - Best Director - Alfonso Cuaron
Photo: Getty Images

Cuarón: "Thanks to the Academy. Making a film can be a transformative experience, and I want to thank Gravity because this was one. Which is good, because it took so look that if not it would be a waste of time. For most people, that transformation was wisdom; for me, it was the colour of my hair. I want to thank the people who made that happen. My son Jonás Cuarón, Sandy - you are the soul and heart of the film, an amazing collaborator and one of the best people I ever met; George Clooney for your trust; Tim Webber, Steven Price. The wise guys at Warner Bros - the wise people at Warner Bros; Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu; Christine, como siempre. Y gracias a ti, mama, te amo."

04:47 

BEST ACTRESS

Daniel Day-Lewis is here, which can mean only one thing: he's presenting Best Actress to one of the "five sublimely gifted women" whose name is Cate Blanchett.

And the winner is... CATE BLANCHETT, Blue Jasmine

Oscar Winner - Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Photo: Getty Images

Blanchett: "Sit down, you're too old to be standing! Thank you, Mr Day-Lewis. You exacerbate this and blow it out of the ballpark. This means a great deal in a year of extraordinary performances by women. Amy Adams, everything you do, but your performance in American Hustle blew my mind! Meryl, you know. Sandra, I felt like I could watch that to the end of time. Judi Dench isn't here because her film was so successful that she's in India making a sequel! I'm here because Woody Allen wrote a script that blew me away. Perhaps those in the industry still clinging to the idea that films with women at the centre are niche, they're not. People go to see them and they make money. The world is round, people! To my husband, my sons, to the sublime Sally Hawkins and the extraordinary cast of Blue Jasmine, I don't know how to do this without you, to the hair and make-up people who try to make me look attractive. Finally, I would like to thank every single member of the Sydney Theatre Company. Working with you has made me a better actress. Thank you SO MUCH!"

04:54 

BEST ACTOR

Jennifer Lawrence walked onstage without tripping! And now she gets to present to someone other than her co-star in American Hustle, we're guessing.

And the Oscar goes to... MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, Dallas Buyers Club

Oscar Winner - Best Actor - Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Photo: Getty Images

McConaughey: [grinning a lot] "Thank you to the Academy, all 6000 members. Thank you to the other nominees; all your performances were impeccable in my opinion; I didn't see a false note anywhere. I want to thank Jean-Marc Vallee, our director, Jared Leto. There are three things I need every day: something to look up to, something to look forward to, something to chase. First I want to thank God, because that's who I look up to. He has shown me it's a fact that gratitude reciprocates. To my family, that's who I look forward to. My father I know is up there with a pot of gumbo, he's probably in his underwear and he's dancing right now. To my mother who's here tonight, who taught me and my brothers to respect ourselves and others. To Camilla and my kids, the courage you give me every day is unparallelled. And to my hero, that's who I chase. When I was 15 years old, I said, "It's me in ten years!" So I turned 25, and I thought, "I'm not even close!" Every day, my hero's always 10 years away. I'm never going to attain that, but that gives me somebody to keep on chasing. So whoever we look up to, whoever we look forward to, whoever we keep chasing, I say alright alright alright. Just keep living!"

05:00 

BEST PICTURE

IT'S THE BIG ONE. Is it going to be a total Gravity sweep? Can 12 Years A Slave take this one? Will American Hustle mount a late challenge? Will Smith's presenting this one, while wearing a cravat, which seems a little casual for the occasion.

And the Best Picture Academy Award goes to... 12 YEARS A SLAVE, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas

Best Film - 12 Years A Slave
Photo: Getty Images

(They're all headed on stage! McQueen grabs his award and hoists it high)

Pitt: "Thank you for this incredible honour you've bestowed on our film tonight. I know I speak for everyone when I say it's been an absolute privilege to work on Solomon's story, and we all stand here because of the indomitable Steve McQueen."

McQueen: "Thank you so much to the Academy, to Brad Pitt - without him, this film would not have been made. To all the women in my life, they're all women and they're so powerful - my mother obviously. I'd like to thank the amazing historian, Sue Aiken, who gave her life's work to preserving Solomon's book. I'd like to thank my mum, she's up there. And everyone deserves not just to survive but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup. I dedicate this award to all who have endured slavery and to the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today. Thank you!"

05:05 

THAT'S IT! That feels like a fair result: Gravity sweeps the technical categories and Cuaron takes Best Director, which feels perfectly deserved. 12 Years A Slave sees breakthrough star Lupita Nyong'o awarded and takes Best Picture as perhaps the most weighty of the bunch, and the Acting awards go to, well, the people everyone we predicted.

When the biggest surprise of the night was the winner of Best Adapted Screenplay, it's fair to say that this was not the most shocking Oscars we've ever seen, but it didn't feel wildly unjust either - or at least it doesn't right now in the early hours of the morning. The ceremony was slightly less draggy than usual, but we could still do without the pointless supercuts and achingly unfunny introductions to everything. Ellen did pretty well, without any moments of massive inspiration (except maybe that selfie). Can we have Colbert next year please?

Now, if you'll excuse us, we're going to record an Oscar-reactive podcast (look out for that later on Monday) and get some sleep. To those of you who stayed with us through the night, go get some shut eye you crazy cats. And to those of you reading this tomorrow, pfft, whatever, latecomers.

See you all here this time next year for more Oscars-related fun.


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Not really shocked by any of these. I'm pleased Matthew McConaughy got Best Actor and 12 Years A Slave got Best Picture, actually i'm quite pleased with them all. And yes! Next year please may we have Colbert? Can't wait for the podcast! Also that selfie made my day (week/month) More

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