It was the night of nights, le grand camembert of the movie calendar, and the 86th Academy Awards didn't disappoint with its glitz, glamour and occasional sightings of an upright Jennifer Lawrence. But it was the awards themselves that everyone came for and it turrned out to be a night of celebration for 12 Years A Slave, this year's Best Picture, and Gravity which carried off seven Oscars, including Best Director, Best Soundtrack and Best Visual Effects.
As predicted, early frontrunner American Hustle fell away at the last. Instead, Steve McQueen's slave opus scored big with Academy voters, taking away the big prize, while the technical virtuosity of Alfonso Cuarón's space odyssey saw the Mexican add Best Director to his BAFTA, DGA and Golden Globe awards.
In the acting categories, Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto (both Dallas Buyers Club) claimed expected wins in the Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Supporting actor categories respectively. In a more closely contested category, Lupita Nyong'o saw off Jennifer Lawrence to take Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years A Slave.
There were few eyebrows raised as Gravity swept the technical categories, winning for Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Editing Editing and in the least surprising Oscar ever, Best Visual Effects.
UPDATE: Here's a highlight reel courtesy of Sky Movies, just for you (also, for you).
Here are the winners in full...
BEST PICTURE 12 Years A Slave American Hustle Captain Phillips Gravity Dallas Buyers Club Her Nebraska Philomena The Wolf Of Wall Street
DIRECTOR Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity Steve McQueen - 12 Years A Slave David O. Russell - American Hustle Alexander Payne - Nebraska Martin Scorsese - The Wolf Of Wall Street
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Spike Jonze - Her Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell - American Hustle Woody Allen - Blue Jasmine Bob Nelson - Nebraska Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack - Dallas Buyers Club
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY John Ridley - 12 Years A Slave Billy Ray - Captain Phillips Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope - Philomena Terence Winter - The Wolf Of Wall Street Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater - Before Midnight
ACTOR Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club Bruce Dern - Nebraska Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave Christian Bale - American Hustle Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street
ACTRESS Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine Amy Adams - American Hustle Meryl Streep - August: Osage County Judi Dench - Philomena Sandra Bullock - Gravity
SUPPORTING ACTRESS Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle Julia Roberts - August: Osage County Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine June Squibb - Nebraska
ANIMATED FILM Frozen The Croods Despicable Me 2 Ernest & Celestine The Wind Rises
SUPPORTING ACTOR Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips Bradley Cooper - American Hustle Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave Jonah Hill - The Wolf Of Wall Street
COSTUME DESIGN The Great Gatsby - Catherine Martin American Hustle - Michael Wilkinson The Invisible Woman - Michael O’Connor The Grandmaster - William Chang Suk Ping 12 Years A Slave - Patricia Norris
MAKE-UP & HAIRSTYLING Dallas Buyers Club - Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa - Stephen Prouty The Lone Ranger - Joel Harlow, Gloria Pasqua-Casny
ANIMATED SHORT FILM Mr. Hublot Feral Get A Horse! Possessions Room On The Broom
ORIGINAL SCORE Gravity - Steven Price Philomena - Alexandre Desplat The Book Thief - John Williams Saving Mr. Banks - Thomas Newman Her - William Butler, Owen Pallett
ORIGINAL SONG 'Let It Go' - Frozen 'Happy' - Despicable Me 2 'The Moon Song' - Her 'Ordinary Love' - Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom
CINEMATOGRAPHY Gravity - Emmanuel Lubezki The Grandmaster - Philippe Le Sourd Inside Llewyn Davis - Bruno Delbonnel Nebraska - Phedon Papamichael Prisoners - Roger Deakins
EDITING Gravity - Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger American Hustle - Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, Alan Baumgarten 12 Years A Slave - Joe Walker Captain Phillips - Christopher Rouse Dallas Buyers Club - John Mac McMurphy, Martin Pensa
PRODUCTION DESIGN The Great Gatsby - Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn 12 Years A Slave - Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker American Hustle - Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler Her - K.K. Barrett, Gene Serdena Gravity - Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woodlard
SOUND EDITING Gravity - Glenn Freemantle All Is Lost - Richard Hymns, Steve Boeddeker Captain Phillips - Oliver Tarney The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Brent Burge Lone Survivor - Wylie Stateman
SOUND MIXING Gravity - Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro Captain Phillips - Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Tony Johnson Inside Llewyn Davis - Skip Lievsay, Greg orloff, Peter F. Kurland Lone Survivor - Andy Koyama, Beau Borders, David Brownlow
VISUAL EFFECTS Gravity - Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug - Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds Iron Man 3 - Bryan Grill, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick Star Trek Into Darkness - Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton, Patrick Tubach, Roger Guyett The Lone Ranger - Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, John Frazier
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM The Great Beauty - Italy Broken Circle Breakdown - Belgium The Hunt - Denmark The Missing Picture - Cambodia Omar - Palestine
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE 20 Feet From Stardom The Act Of Killing Cutie And The Boxer Dirty Wars The Square
DOCUMENTARY SHORT The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life Cavedigger Facing Fear Karama Has No Walls Prison Terminal: The Last Days Of Private Jack Hall
LIVE ACTION SHORT Helium Aquel No Era Yo Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything) Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have To Take Care Of Everything?) The Voorman Problem
Like I said in the title??? I never understand why they nominate 10 movies for best picture and only 5 directors......surely 12 Years....could only BE Best Picture because of Mr.McQueen's direction?? More
...and that is The Act Of Killing not winning Best documentary. Not only is it the best documentary I've ever seen but it's one of the most powerful and haunting films of any kind I have ever seen. It should have been up for Best Picture. More
Best picture takes into account every single aspect: the writers, the actors, the director, the crew and the story as a whole. Best Director just takes the director (and their direction) into account.
Thus, best director doesn't mean best picture.
Although, it's a real shame Steve McQueen didn't get best director. More