The period drama12 Years a Slavewon the Oscar for best picture, and Cate Blanchett andMatthew McConaugheytook home the top acting awards at the 86th annualAcademy Awards.
'Sit down, you're too old to be standing!' said Blanchett when taking the stage to accept her best actress award forBlue Jasmine. 'As random and subjective as this world is, this means a lot in a year full of extraordinary performances by women.'
And with his Oscar win for best director,Gravity filmmakerAlfonso Cuaronwas on cloud nine.
Gravitywent into the night tied with a leading 10 nominations withAmerican Hustle which was ultimately shut out and the white-knuckle space thriller won seven, including original score, cinematography, film editing, sound mixing, sound editing and visual effects.
'It was definitely a transformative experience,' Cuaron said of makingGravity. 'What really sucks is for a lot of people the transformation was wisdom. For me, it was the color of my hair.'
Visual-effects supervisor Tim Webber noted director Cuaron's 'audacity and courage' in letting the FX crew work its magic and thanked starsGeorge ClooneyandSandra Bullockfor 'filling our visual effects with life and emotion.'
Gravitycomposer Steven Price shared his win with Cuaron. He said, 'You inspired every frame of this and every note I composed.'
Hollywood newcomerLupita Nyong'ofinished off herCinderellastory with an emotional flourish.Jared Letoalso had a great finish to a rich awards season, while Frozenput all its animated competitors on ice andGravityproved to be a marvel with six Oscars.
Nyong'o captured the best-supporting-actress award at the 86th annual Academy Awards for her performance as an abused plantation worker in12 Years a Slave.
'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,' a teary Nyong'o said of her role as Patsey in her first film, straight out of Yale's drama school. 'This has been the joy of my life. I'm certain that the dead standing about you are watching and are grateful, and so am I.
'When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid.'
Leto was named best supporting actor for his portrayal of a transgender AIDS patient inDallas Buyers Club, following up significant wins at theGolden GlobesandSAG Awards.
The actor thanked his mother, a teenage high school dropout and single mom from Louisiana who taught her children 'to be creative, work hard and be special.' Leto also dedicated his Oscar 'to those who have ever felt injustice for who you are or who you love.'
Disney's blockbuster musical cartoonFrozenhas been ruling the box office and was honored with the Academy Awards for best animated feature and best original song. The movie'sLet It GosongwriterRobert Lopezadded an Oscar to his career Emmy, Grammy, Tony wins, and his wifeKristen Anderson-Lopezpaid tribute to their two children. 'This song is inspired by our love for you and the hope that you never let fear or shame keep you from celebrating the unique people you are.'
The Oscar for original screenplay went toHerdirectorSpike Jonze, who thanked his filmmaking friends on the feature. 'We made a movie about relationships and intimacy, and that's what we share together.'
And John Ridley won adapted screenplay for12 Years a Slave, based on the life of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was sold into slavery. 'All the praise goes to Solomon Northup,' Ridley said in his acceptance speech. 'Those are his words and his story.'
Dallas Buyers Clubalso won the Oscar for best makeup and hairstyling makeup artistRobin Mathewsthanked Leto and co-star McConaughey for 'letting us torture you and transform you' and Catherine Martin won two Oscars, for costume design and production design, forThe Great Gatsby, directed by Martin's husband,Baz Luhrmann.
The Italian movieThe Great Beautyfollowed up its Golden Globe win with the Oscar for best foreign film. Director Paolo Sorrentino took time to thankFederico Fellini,Martin Scorseseand Argentine soccer starDiego Maradona.
Mr. Hublotgarnered the Oscar for animated short,Heliumwon for live-action short, The Lady In Number 6was awarded best documentary short subject and20 Feet from Stardom, a movie about backup singers in the music industry, garnered best documentary.Darlene Lovebelted out a tune for the crowd, and directorMorgan Nevillededicated the Oscar to producerGil Friesen, who died two years ago: 'Today I know he's celebrating with us.'