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Oscars 2014: Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave wins best picture award

Full list of winners, blog and pictures from the 86th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles

Director Steve McQueen (L) and actor/producer Brad Pitt accept the Best Picture award for '12 Years a Slave' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Director Steve McQueen (L) and actor/producer Brad Pitt accept the Best Picture award for '12 Years a Slave' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actor/producer Brad Pitt (L) accepts the Best Picture award for '12 Years a Slave' from actor Will Smith onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Director Steve McQueen accepts the Best Picture award for '12 Years a Slave' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actor Matthew McConaughey accepts the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role award for 'Dallas Buyers Club' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Cate Blanchett accepts the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role award for 'Blue Jasmine' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Cate Blanchett accepts the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role award for 'Blue Jasmine' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Jennifer Lawrence speaks onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Lupita Nyong'o accepts the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role award for '12 Years a Slave' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Lupita Nyong'o accepts the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role award for '12 Years a Slave' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Lupita Nyong'o accepts the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role award for '12 Years a Slave' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Lupita Nyong'o (C), winner of the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role award for '12 Years a Slave,' with director Steve McQueen (L) and actress/singer Liza Minnelli (R) during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Singer Pharrell Williams performs onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Singer Pharrell Williams performs onstage with Meryl Streep in the audience during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Jim Carrey speaks onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (L-R) Producer Peter Del Vecho, directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck accept the Best Animated Feature Film award for 'Frozen' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Host Ellen DeGeneres speaks onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Emma Watson attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actors Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis speak onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Host Ellen DeGeneres speaks onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Singer Karen O and musician Ezra Koenig perform onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Filmmakers Nicholas Reed (L) and Malcolm Clarke accept the Best Documentary, Short Subject award for 'The Lady In Number 6' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Filmmakers Kim Magnusson (L) and Anders Walter accept the Best Short Film, Live Action award for 'Helium' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Kevin Spacey speaks onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Emma Watson attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Emma Watson attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Emma Watson attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Emma Watson attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (L-R) Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz attend the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Amy Adams attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Jared Leto attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (L-R) Janet Friesen, director Morgan Neville, producer Caitrin Rogers, and singer Darlene Love accept the Best Documentary, Feature award for '20 Feet from Stardom' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (L-R) Actor Toni Servillo, director Paolo Sorrentino, and producer Nicola Giuliano accept the Best Foreign Language Film award for 'The Great Beauty' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Singer Bono of U2 performs onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (L-R) Musicians The Edge, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., and Adam Clayton of U2 perform onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (L-R) Musicians The Edge, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., and Adam Clayton of U2 perform onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actors Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis speak onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Naomi Watts attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Naomi Watts attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Filmmakers Kim Magnusson (L) and Anders Walter accept the Best Short Film, Live Action award for 'Helium' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (L-R) Olga Kurylenko and Kellan Lutz attend the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Anna Kendrick attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Angelina Jolie attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (L-R) Musicians The Edge, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., and Adam Clayton of U2 perform onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (L-R) Musicians The Edge, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., and Adam Clayton of U2 perform onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (L-R) Actors Angelina Jolie, Matthew Conaughey and model Camilla Alves attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Bette Midler attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Cate Blanchett attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Christoph Waltz speaks onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Sandra Bullock attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Emma Watson attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o accepts the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role award for '12 Years a Slave' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o (R), winner of the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role award for '12 Years a Slave,' with actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (L) during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o (R), winner of the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role award for '12 Years a Slave,' with director Steve McQueen (L) during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o (R), winner of the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role award for '12 Years a Slave,' with director Steve McQueen (C) as actress Angelina Jolie (top L) and actor/producer Brad Pitt (top C) look on during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Meryl Streep attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Meryl Streep attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Host Ellen DeGeneres (L) and actor Jared Leto onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Kevin Spacey attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Kevin Spacey attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actors Amy Adams (L) and Bill Murray speak onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actors Amy Adams (L) and Bill Murray speak onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Kevin Spacey in the audience during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
David O. Russell arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Brad Pitt sits in the audience at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Julia Roberts, left, and Meryl Streep are seen in the audience at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Matthew McConaughey shakes hands with a fan at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)
Lady Gaga arriving at the 86th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 2, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Oscars. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Bill Murray arriving at the 86th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 2, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Oscars. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Glenn Close attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Julia Roberts attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Christoph Waltz attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Sandra Bullock attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Singer Lady Gaga attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Singer Lady Gaga attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Jim Carrey speaks onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Jared Leto accepts the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role award for 'Dallas Buyers Club' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Jared Leto (R) accepts the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role award for 'Dallas Buyers Club' from actress Anne Hathaway (L) onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Anne Hathaway speaks onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Musician Bono attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Kate Hudson attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actors Brad Pitt (L) and Angelina Jolie attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Host Ellen DeGeneres speaks onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio (L) and director Martin Scorsese in the audience during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Dax Shepard, left, and Kristen Bell arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Meryl Streep, left, and Glenn Close arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Jason Sudeikis, left, takes a cell phone photo of Olivia Wilde as they arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Naomi Watts arriving at the 86th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Jessica Biel arriving at the 86th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Jane Libberton (left) and Philomena Lee arriving at the 86th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Glenn Close attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Sandra Bullock attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Jennifer Garner attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Recording artist Lady Gaga attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Recording artist Lady Gaga attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Meryl Streep attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Meryl Streep attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Kristin Chenoweth attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Will Smith attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Will Smith attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actresses Cate Blanchett (L) and Jennifer Lawrence attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Gabourey Sidibe attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Sarah Paulson attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Kate Hudson attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Jennifer Garner attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress/screenwriter Julie Delpy attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Musician Bono attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Musician Bono attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (L-R) Musicians Adam Clayton, The Edge, Bono, and Larry Mullen Jr. of U2 attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Filmmaker Spike Lee attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Penélope Cruz attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actors Leonardo DiCaprio (L) and Christoph Waltz attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actors Leonardo DiCaprio (L) and Christoph Waltz attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actors Brad Pitt (L) and Angelina Jolie attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Gabourey Sidibe attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (L-R) Producer Riza Aziz, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and producer Joey McFarland attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actors Brad Pitt (L) and Angelina Jolie attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Brad Pitt attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Model Elsa Pataky and actor Chris Hemsworth attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Model Elsa Pataky and actor Chris Hemsworth attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Model Elsa Pataky and actor Chris Hemsworth attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Penélope Cruz attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Barkhad Abdi attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Ethan Hawke, right, and Ryan Hawke arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave resisted the force of Gravity to be named best picture at the Oscars

The slavery epic also picked up awards for best adapted screenplay and best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o on a night when it seemed - for a while at least - that Gravity was going to sweep the board.

The outer-space drama picked up a handful of Oscars for its backroom staff - many of whom are British - and the best director award for Alfonso Cuaron.

But McQueen, the former modern artist-turned film-maker got his moment in the spotlight as the ceremony in Los Angeles ended in triumph for his film which is based on the story of a free New Yorker, Solomon Northup, kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South of the United States

Brad Pitt, who helped produce the film, praised the man who "brought us all together to tell that story - that is the indomitable Mr Steve McQueen".

McQueen, a Londoner who now lives in Amsterdam, thanked his wife who first showed him a copy of Northup's original story for "unearthing this treasure for me".

He said: "Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live. This is most important legacy of Solomon Northup. I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery and 21 million people who still suffer slavery today".

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The best actor Oscar went to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club and Cate Blanchett was named best actress for her role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, beating Bullock, Dame Judi Dench, Amy Adams and Meryl Streep in the process.

Accepting her award, she praised her fellow actresses including the "sublime" Sally Hawkins and said films with strong female characters were not "niche".

She said: "audiences want to see them and in fact they earn money".

Accepting her award, Nyong'o thanked McQueen for casting her in a film which she said had "been the joy of my life".

She said: "I'm certain the dead are standing about you and they are grateful and so am I".

Speaking backstage, she said McQueen had "really honoured a people that have been unsung thorough doing this film".

The star, who admitted to feeling "a little dazed", said: "I am going to the Governors Ball and doing all things Oscar related, this is my first time here and I feel like Willy Wonka in the chocolate factory."

McConaughey's Dallas Buyers Club co-star Jared Leto was the first big winner on the night and promised to celebrate to "the break of dawn".

Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway handed the Oscar for best supporting actor to Leto for his role as an HIV-positive transgender woman in the film.

Leto, who dedicated his win to the "36 million people who have lost the battle to Aids", beat big names including Michael Fassbender who was nominated for 12 Years A Slave.

Speaking backstage, Leto said: "I never thought this would happen, nobody talked about results or awards or potential, only how could we do the best job to bring this story to life. I never in a million years dreamed I would be here talking to you, it was a fantasy. I never dreamed they would give me a prize, I never won an award for doing anything on screen until Dallas Buyers Club.

"I am going to be celebrating to the break of dawn, look me in the eyes and see I will revel tonight. If they only knew what was going to happen tonight, the stories we would have to tell."

There were two early British wins with the visual effects team behind Gravity picking up an Oscar before the award for best documentary short went to The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life - a week after its inspiration, pianist and world's oldest Holocaust survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer, 110, died in London.

Director Malcolm Clarke, who now lives in Canada but learned his trade at the BBC and Granada TV, dedicated the win to her "extraordinary capacity for joy and her amazing capacity for forgiveness".

The event, known formally as the 86th Academy Awards, is broadcast around the world from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

 

Host Ellen DeGeneres opened the show with a string of gags poking fun at the event, before taking selfies of the stars and at one point ordering pizzas.

The technical expertise of the UK film industry was recognised when Gravity picked up awards for sound mixing and sound editing.

Bill Murray paid tribute to his Ghostbusters star Harold Ramis, who died last month, before handing over another award - this time for cinematography - to Gravity which continued to pick up awards when director Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger won the Oscar for film editing.

Ramis was also remembered in a section of the ceremony dedicated to those who died in the 12 months since the last ceremony along with names including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peter O'Toole and Richard Griffiths.

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch joined Jennifer Garner on stage to present the award for production design to The Great Gatsby, before the Oscar for original score went to Steven Price for Gravity.

The musician from Nottingham praised Cuaron for inspiring him and thanked his family, joking: "Mum, Dad, Jenny sorry I made so much noise while I was growing up."

Speaking backstage, Price said: "My house was full of music, my main memories are of the record player at home, it was all Beatles and Stones and we danced around the living room, that started me off on instruments and I've done nothing else ever since."

U2 lost out on the chance for an Oscar when the award for best song went to Let It Go from Frozen and Steve Coogan failed to win the best adapted screenplay Oscar for Philomena with 12 Years A Slave writer John Ridley picking up the prize.

The award for best original screenplay went to Spike Jonze for Her.

LUPITA WINS FIRST OSCAR FOR SLAVE

An emotional Lupita Nyong'o picked up the first Oscar for 12 Years A Slave, winning the best supporting actress award.

The tearful star thanked director Steve McQueen for casting her in a film which she said had "been the joy of my life".

She said: "I'm certain the dead are standing about you and they are grateful and so am I".

Earlier in the night, Dallas Buyers Club star Jared Leto was the first big winner and promised to celebrate to "the break of dawn".

Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway handed the Oscar for best supporting actor to Leto for his role as an HIV-positive transgender woman in the film.

Leto, who dedicated his win to the "36 million people who have lost the battle to Aids", beat big names including Michael Fassbender who was nominated for 12 Years A Slave.

Speaking backstage, Leto said: "I never thought this would happen, nobody talked about results or awards or potential, only how could we do the best job to bring this story to life. I never in a million years dreamed I would be here talking to you, it was a fantasy. I never dreamed they would give me a prize, I never won an award for doing anything on screen until Dallas Buyers Club.

"I am going to be celebrating to the break of dawn, look me in the eyes and see I will revel tonight. If they only knew what was going to happen tonight, the stories we would have to tell."

There were two early British wins with the visual effects team behind outer-space drama Gravity picking up an Oscar before the award for best documentary short went to The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life - a week after its inspiration, pianist and world's oldest Holocaust survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer, 110, died in London.

Director Malcolm Clarke, who now lives in Canada but learned his trade at the BBC and Granada TV, dedicated the win to her "extraordinary capacity for joy and her amazing capacity for forgiveness".

The event, known formally as the 86th Academy Awards, is broadcast around the world from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Host Ellen DeGeneres opened the show with a string of gags poking fun at the event, before taking selfies of the stars and at one point ordering in pizzas.

Stars including Amy Adams got out of their chairs and danced after Kerry Washington introduced Pharrell Williams who performed his track Happy, which is nominated for best original song.

Naomi Watts and Samuel L Jackson then presented the award for costume design to Catherine Martin, the wife of director Baz Luhrmann, for her work on The Great Gatsby.

The Oscar for Best Make-up and Hairstyling was given to Dallas Buyers Club - its second win of the night.

Leto's co-star Matthew McConaughey and veteran actress Kim Novak presented the Oscar for animated short film to Mr Hublot, before the award for best animated feature went to Walt Disney film Frozen.

The award for best documentary feature went to 20 Feet From Stardom about backing singers in the music business including 1960s star Darlene Love who received a standing ovation after singing from the stage.

The technical expertise of the UK film industry was recognised when Gravity picked up awards for sound mixing and sound editing.

Oscars winners 2014: the full list

BEST PICTURE:

12 Years a Slave

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:

Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:

Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Great Gatsby

BEST MAKE-UP & HAIRSTYLING:

Dallas Buyers Club

BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED):

Mr Hublot

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

Frozen

BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION):

Helium

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT:

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

20 Feet from Stardom

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

The Great Beauty (Italy)

BEST SOUND MIXING:

Gravity

BEST SOUND EDITING:

Gravity

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:

Gravity

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Gravity

BEST FILM EDITING:

Gravity

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:

The Great Gatsby

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:

Gravity

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:

Let It Go - Frozen

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

John Ridley - 12 Years a Slave

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Spike Jonze - Her

Star-studded trio dress to thrill

Oscar nominees Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o and Amy Adams were among the early fashion winners at Hollywood's biggest awards show as they dazzled on the red carpet.

The women stood out in bold colours among a sea of nude coloured dresses as they made their way into the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

American Hustle star Lawrence, who is nominated in the best supporting actress category, chose a narrow red Dior gown with a peplum in the hope she would be able to stay on her feet throughout the night - but to no avail.

Last year she tripped over in a huge pale pink dress with a long train as she made her way to the stage to collect her best actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook.

Speaking to American network ABC on the red carpet, Lawrence said: "This year I did a staircase test up the back staircase and I didn't trip up so it worked." However, the 23-year-old still managed to take a tumble on her way into the ceremony.

Nyong'o, who will compete with Lawrence in the best supporting actress category for her role in 12 Years A Slave, chose a Grecian-style ice blue Prada dress with a silver headband.

The newcomer told ABC said she chose the colour because it reminded her of Nairobi: "We were inspired by where I grew up with a lot of blue around me. I feel very at home in this gown."

Also in blue was another best actress nominee, Adams, who received a nod for her performance in American Hustle. She wore a navy blue strapless gown by Gucci Premiere with Tiffany & Co jewellery.

Cate Blanchett, who is favourite to take home the best actress Oscar for Blue Jasmine, wore a nude coloured beaded Armani dress, as did her co-star and best supporting actress nominee Sally Hawkins.

Also in nude were Diana star Naomi Watts, Veronica Mars actress Kristen Bell, Arrested Development star Portia de Rossi and television presenter Kelly Osbourne.

While most of the male actors chose a classic black tuxedo, nominees Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, who both hope to take home gongs for their performances in Dallas Buyers Club, chose white jackets.

Singer Pharrell Williams, whose song Happy from Despicable Me 2 is nominated for best original song, made the unusual choice of teaming his traditional jacket and bow tie with Bermuda-length shorts.

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