2014 Oscars Winners: ’12 Years a Slave’ Takes Best Picture


2014 Oscars Ellen selfie

Ellen DeGeneres’ selfie that briefly broke Twitter

The 2014 Oscar Awards have been handed out and it to no real surprise… there were few surprises as 12 Years a Slave took home Best Picture as well as Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and Best Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley) while Gravity, unsurprisingly, ended up taking home the night’s largest number of wins with seven, none bigger than a Best Director win for Alfonso Cuaron.

In the acting categories the only category that seemed up for grabs was Supporting Actress, but as I said, that went to Lupita, which may have something to do with Jennifer Lawrence wearing red… I learned on E! that no one wearing red has ever won the Oscar. Yeah, that’s hard-hitting journalism right there.

Dallas Buyers Club co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto won Best Actor and Supporting Actor respectively while Cate Blanchett took home her second Oscar, winning Best Actress for Blue Jasmine.

One of the categories that could have gone either way, Original Screenplay, went to Spike Jonze for Her, which ultimately left American Hustle empty-handed for the night, most likely playing second place in more than one category.

Here’s how the winner totals ultimately broke down:

  1. Gravity (7 Oscars)
  2. 12 Years a Slave (3 Oscars)
  3. Dallas Buyers Club (3 Oscars)
  4. The Great Gatsby (2 Oscars)
  5. Frozen (2 Oscars)
  6. Blue Jasmine (1 Oscar)
  7. Her (1 Oscar)
  8. 20 Feet from Stardom (1 Oscar)
  9. The Great Beauty (1 Oscar)

I will do a lengthier write up, recap and reaction piece in the morning so for now here are your nominees with the winners highighted in bold red text. I’ve also included a poll at the bottom of the article asking for your overall thoughts on the night.

Share your favorite moments in the comments and any other thoughts you may have concerning the winners and how the night ended up.

Best Picture
  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actor
  • Christian Bale (American Hustle)
  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress
  • Amy Adams (American Hustle)
  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)
  • Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
Best Supporting Actor
  • Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
  • Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
  • Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Supporting Actress
  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
  • Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
  • June Squibb (Nebraska)
Best Director
  • David O. Russell (American Hustle)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
  • Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
  • Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
  • Rchard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy (Before Midnight)
  • Billy Ray (Captain Phillips)
  • Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope (Philomena)
  • John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
  • Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Writing (Original Screenplay)
  • Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell (American Hustle)
  • Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine)
  • Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Spike Jonze (Her)
  • Bob Nelson (Nebraska)
Animated Feature Film
  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Ernest & Celestine
  • Frozen
  • The Wind Rises
Documentary (Feature)
  • The Act of Killing
  • Cutie and the Boxer
  • Dirty Wars
  • The Square
  • 20 Feet from Stardom
Foreign Language Film
  • The Broken Circle Breakdown
  • The Great Beauty
  • The Hunt
  • The Missing Picture
  • Omar
  • Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster)
  • Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)
  • Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis)
  • Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska)
  • Roger Deakins (Prisoners)
Film Editing
  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • 12 Years a Slave
Music (Original Score)
  • John Williams (The Book Thief)
  • Steven Price (Gravity)
  • William Butler and Owen Pallett (Her)
  • Alexandre Desplat (Philomena)
  • Thomas Newman (Saving Mr. Banks)
Music (Original Song)
  • “Alone Yet Not Alone” from Alone Yet Not Alone
  • “Happy” from Despicable Me 2
  • “Let It Go” from Frozen
  • “The Moon Song” from Her
  • “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Sound Mixing
  • Captain Phillips
  • Gravity
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Lone Survivor
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
Sound Editing
  • All is Lost
  • Captain Phillips
  • Gravity
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Lone Survivor
Production Design
  • American Hustle
  • Gravity
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Her
  • 12 Years a Slave
Visual Effects
  • Gravity
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Iron Man 3
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Star Trek into Darkness
  • American Hustle
  • The Grandmaster
  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Invisible Woman
  • 12 Years a Slave
Makeup and Hairstyling
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  • The Lone Ranger
Best Documentary Short Subject
  • CaveDiger
  • Facing Fear
  • Karama Has No Walls
  • The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
  • Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
Best Short Film (Animated)
  • Feral
  • Get a Horse!
  • Mr. Hublot
  • Possessions
  • Room on the Broom
Best Short Film (Live Action)
  • Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
  • Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
  • Helium
  • Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
  • The Voorman Problem

I will have more to say in the morning, but for now let your opinion known in the comments and in the poll below.