"Gravity" Wins Seven Awards, "12 Years A Slave" Wins Best Picture
3/3/2014 4:43:40 AM
The outer space thriller "Gravity" is flying high after Sunday's 86th Academy Awards. The film picked up seven awards, dominating the behind-the-scenes categories. While it grabbed trophies for Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects, its most high-profile award was Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron. "Gravity" may have won the trophy count, but it came up short for the night's most important award -- Best Picture. That honor went to the emotionally charged film "12 Years a Slave." Director Steve McQueen's film also earned screenwriter John Ridley the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as Lupita Nyong'o for Best Supporting Actress. "Dallas Buyers Club" also had a strong showing coming up with three awards, including Matthew McConaughey for Best Actor and Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor. In his acceptance speech, Leto dedicated the honor to the victims of AIDS and discrimination. He also sent his thoughts to those struggling in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela.
It wasn't just about the big winners Sunday night. Host Ellen DeGeneres provided some of the night's most memorable moments. With the help of her smart phone, she grabbed several "selfies," including a group selfie with actors Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper and Kevin Spacey. She encouraged viewers re-tweet the pic with the hope of breaking a re-tweet record. Shortly after she announced that the stunt had momentarily crashed Twitter. Ellen also had pizza delivered to the show and distributed it to certain stars in attendance. She then petitioned them for money to pay the delivery man, collecting the cash in Pharrell Williams' famous Grammy-night hat.
The night also featured musical performances from Pharrell, U2, Karen O and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, and Bette Midler. ABC broadcast the awards ceremony live from Hollywood's Dolby Theatre.