Oscars 2014: 12 Years a Slave Takes Best Picture but Gravity has Most Wins

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By the time the show finally came to an end and the Best Picture award was presented, Gravity had 6 wins while 12 Years a Slave only 2, yet the later took home the coveted prize.

So Gravity stayed with 6, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Score and the very prestigious Best Director category for Alfonso Cuaron. Despite not winning Best Picture, it was a fantastic night for the breathtaking sci-fi from Warner Bros.

12 Years a Slave won only half as many awards, but those were quite the awards, Actress in a Supporting Role (Lupita Nyong’o), Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. Maybe Gravity made 5 times more money, but 12 Years a Slave won the hearts of the Academy member (or they didn’t want to be considered racist, take your pick).

The big loser of the night was unfortunately David O. Russell’s American Hustle, nominated for 10 Oscars, winner of none. The Wolf of Wall Street, my personal favorite, took home no awards either but enough with the losers, let’s focus on the winners, which there were plenty of last night.

Among those winners were Dallas Buyers Club (Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Supporting Actor for Jared Leto and Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey), Frozen (Best Animation, Original Song for “Let it Go”) The Great Gatsby (Costume Design, Production Design), Her (Original Screenplay) and Blue Jasmine (Best Actress, Cate Blanchett).

Here’s the complete list of winners:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Dallas Buyers Club – Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Mr. Hublot

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BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR
Frozen – Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Gravity – Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Helium – Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life – Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
20 Feet From Stardom – Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
The Great Beauty – Italy

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
Gravity – Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years A Slave

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Gravity – Emmanuel Lubezki

ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger

ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Gravity – Steven Price

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)
“Let It Go” from Frozen – Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
12 Years A Slave – John Ridley

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Her – Spike Jonze

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ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
12 Years a Slave

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  • Anders Oster

    You left off Gravity’s Oscar for sound editing, which means it won 7 Oscars.

    • Alex

      Right you are, I did left out Gravity’s Sound Editing award, so yes, it did win 7 Oscars, the most ever for a movie that hasn’t won Best Picture, if I’m not mistaking.

      • UofMSpoon2

        The Academy didn’t want to award a science-fiction film Best Picture. Despite the great quality of some of them, they are biased against that genre.

        • fred

          They always overlook action, horror/thriller and CBM’s, even when they’re undeniably great. At least Sci-Fi does get nominated sometimes, the genres I mentioned don’t even get nominated, never. I am glad ’12 Years’ won Best Picture though, it’s an amazing film, be it a very emotional and tough film to watch.