Oscars: Slave and Gravity share Academy spoils


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Historical drama 12 Years a Slave has won best picture at the 86th Academy Awards, while space drama Gravity won the lion's share of awards.

Gravity's Alfonso Cuaron became the first Latin American to win the best director award, adding to the film's six Oscars for technical achievement.

Cate Blanchett was named best actress for her portrayal of the heroine in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.

Matthew McConaughey won the best actor Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club.

It is the second consecutive year the best director and best picture prize have been awarded to different films.

Cuaron praised the "transformative" power of film and singled out the film's star Sandra Bullock as "the soul, the heart of Gravity".

Alfonso Cuaron Cuaron won two Oscars, for direction and film editing. He co-wrote the screenplay with his son Jonas

The film - which took five years to complete, and owes much to the technical prowess of British visual effects specialists - also won Oscars for film editing, sound mixing, sound editing, cinematography, visual effects and original score.


Gravity - 7 awards

12 Years a Slave - 3 awards

Dallas Buyers Club - 3 awards

Frozen - 2 awards

The Great Gatsby - 2 awards

Blue Jasmine - 1 award

Her - 1 award

Steve McQueen, the British director of 12 Years a Slave, dedicated the best picture Oscar to "all those people who have endured slavery".

"Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live," he said. "This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup."

Based on a true story, it follows the life of a free black man - Northup - who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana.

Producer Brad Pitt praised "the indomitable Mr McQueen" - a Turner Prize-winning artist-turned-director - for "bringing them all together" to tell Northup's story.

Lupita Nyong'o Lupita Nyong'o also picked up an Independent Spirit Award on Saturday for her role in 12 Years a Slave

Newcomer Lupita Nyong'o won the best supporting actress award for her film debut as slave worker Patsey.

The Kenyan actress paid tribute to her character and thanked her for her "guidance". "It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else's," said the star, who turned 31 this weekend.

The film won a third Oscar for John Ridley's adapted screenplay. "All the praise goes to Northup," Ridley said. "These are his words."

In other developments:

'Taught to dream'

Spike Jonze collected the best original screenplay for Her. Jonze's first film as sole writer and director stars Joaquin Phoenix as a man who falls in love with a computer operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

As predicted, McConaughey took the best actor prize for his role as Ron Woodroof, a real-life rodeo cowboy who smuggled HIV drugs into the US.

The 44-year-old actor, formerly a rom-com regular whose roles centred on his good looks, lost 50lbs (23kg) to play Woodroof in the low-budget indie drama.

During his speech, he thanked God "because that's who I look up to".

"He's graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand," he added.

Jared Leto Jared Leto won for his role as a transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club

Best actress winner Blanchett paid tribute to her rivals, including Dame Judi Dench - who was not at the ceremony - acknowledging "the random and subjective" nature of awards ceremonies.

McConaughey's co-star Jared Leto won the first Oscar of the night, picking up best supporting actor for his role as a transgender woman who becomes Woodruff's business partner and unlikely friend.

In an emotional speech Leto thanked his mother, who accompanied him to the awards, "for teaching me to dream" and dedicated his award to "those who have ever felt injustice because of who they are, or who you love".

"This is for the 36 million people out there who have lost the battle to Aids," said the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman, whose last film was six years ago.

Cate Blanchett Blanchett, who was presented with her Oscar by Daniel Day Lewis, had a long list of thank yous

Dallas Buyers Club also picked up a third award for make up and hairstyling - with the transformation of Leto and his co-star, Matthew McConaughey, rumoured to have been achieved on a budget of $250 (£150).

Frozen, which recently tipped $1bn (£600m) at the global box office, scored two Oscars.

The 3D film about an icy princess and her sister was named best animated feature film, with its song, Let It Go - performed by star Idina Menzel - winning best original song. It is loosely based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.

The Great Gatsby also picked up two Oscars, for costume design and production design. The awards were picked up by Baz Luhrmann's partner Catherine Martin.

But there were no awards for David O Russell's American Hustle, which had 10 nominations, including nods in all the acting categories. Nor were there any awards for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.

The first British win of the night came for Tim Webber and his team from London-based company Framestore for their visual effects work on Gravity.

Webber paid tribute to his team, Gravity actors George Clooney and Bullock and director Cuaron "for having the vision to create this breath-taking film and the audacity to make it happen".

The second British win of the night went to director Malcolm Clarke, who won an Oscar for his documentary short The Lady in Number Six: Music Saved My Life.

The film follows Alice Herz-Sommer, the oldest known survivor of the Nazi Holocaust and an accomplished pianist. Paying tribute to Herz-Sommer, who died last week at the age of 110, Clarke praised "her extraordinary capacity for joy and amazing capacity for forgiveness".

"She taught everyone on my crew to be a little bit more optimistic," he added, dedicating his award to her.

Ellen DeGeneres hosted the ceremony, for the second time, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.


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    Comment number 388.

    Gravity may have broken the Newton's Laws and Ms Bullock may not have been wearing diapers BUT it showed the majesty of near space and how potentially dangerous the place is still after over 50 years of exploration. The film was a jaw dropping triumph and merits its awards.

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    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 386.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 385.

    At a time when there is a huge crisis in the Ukraine is it really that important who picks up a few trophies for films?

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    Comment number 384.

    Best Oscars telecast ever! Congratulations to all the nominees! Congratulations to all the winners, thanks for the beautiful speeches -- but truthfully there just are not enough awards to go around. So many exceptional films this twelvemonth! And I am forever in awe of Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson. A beautiful night celebrating the Art of Making Movies. So much to watch, thank you! Brilliant, EllenDG

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    Comment number 383.

    Best reason to watch the oscars , for me , Is to see which won Oscar and avoid that Misreable , bit of Upper crust Non- Culture .

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    Comment number 382.

    NOTHING for The Wolf of Wall Street? This is a PC travesty! Should've gotten Best Actor (DeCaprio) and Best Picture at least, as they were the best examples of such by a country mile. Gravity looked spectacular, but it was cheesy and trite.

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    Comment number 381.

    I am sure there are real living human beings , who in this day and age, have been slaves for longer than 12 years. No glitz, glamour, weepy thank you speeches, or nice cute little golden statue for them......

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    Comment number 380.

    @366 Sorry your point is what exactly?...mine is that all aspects of this awful history have to be told not just a one sided version that portrays Black people as just victims all the time..this distortion is not good for true understanding of this History.why wont Black people acknowledge their part in slavery then and now? the past of White slave traders is not in dispute.

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    Comment number 379.

    # 366 me and the devils blues

    not true that all the blacks in the caribbean are descended from slaves most British ships mostly merchant ships had a few black crew members as did the Dutch merchant fleet and some of these crew members jumped ship in port and stayed nut most are derived from the imported work force

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    Comment number 378.

    A lot of you sound like you can't wait for death. The white man has done some evil things - live with it and stop throwing your toys out of the pram.

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    Comment number 377.

    And the oscar for best microcosm of democracy goes to...


    They can decide what topics we're allowed to discuss. They can remove comments they don't like. They can manipulate the likes up and down to suit their agenda. And all funded by us under threat of law.

    Well earned!

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    Comment number 376.

    For all those moaning about not being able to comment on certain other stories - grow up !!!!!

    The HYS boards are not some time honoured bastion of democracy without which civilisation crumbles.

    You complain about fluff articles such as the Oscars but it is not exactly like the usual comments on "serious" news articles hit home with their gravitas is it?

    None of this affects your life one iota.

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    Comment number 375.

    given the 4billion a year subsidy then the bbc should win all awards every year? anything less is failure?

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    Comment number 374.

    350. Rebecca Riot
    The Church of England, Bishops in particular made a pile of money investing in slavery. It was Wilberforce and the radical Quakers who put a stop to it via Parliament. The Wilberforce bill was waved through unopposed
    @There are more slaves today than in Wilberforce's time Check this and acknowledge where they are.

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    Comment number 373.

    For those interested, you can comment on the Ukrainian crisis at:

    Al Jazeera
    The Mail Online

    And no doubt a host of other independent sites. Twitter can be fun, but the character limit is frustrating.

    Roll on the royal charter review is all I can say!

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    Comment number 372.

    People complaining that we can comment on this article but not the one about Ukraine - while I'm sure you could totally solve that whole international crisis with a well-worded internet comment, you can't really blame the BBC for allowing people to debate about the Oscars instead.
    Congratulations on still managing to shoehorn your political views in, though. We all truly appreciate it.

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    Comment number 371.

    @361 - ooh someone's being a tad sarcastic!

    @360 - Not really, actually I find it to be the opposite where the best films don't get nominated or win but it's all a bit of fun really doesn't matter.

    As for Ukraine-Russia - nothing will happen folks, certainly won't lead to WWIII.

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    Comment number 370.

    Isn't there anything else to pass comment on? Last film I saw at the cinema was ET! Too expensive and too much dross! Why do they make so much fuss over the Oscars anyway.

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    Comment number 369.

    Ah yes a comment section on the oscars. Even though it is yet another beeb repeat, after being opened and closed yesterday.


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