‘12 Years a Slave’ and ‘Gravity’ Lead Oscar Winners


Ellen DeGeneres prophesied it right up front, and so it was: 12 Years a Slave won the top honor at the 86th Academy Awards, marking the first Best Picture win for a black director’s work. But it was Gravity’s Alfonso Cuarón who took home Best Director, and his film dominated much of the night with its seven wins. All the acting categories went exactly according to plan, being dealt to excellent speechmakers Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o, and Jared Leto. And perhaps most important, the panic about American Hustle managing to Argo us all over again went completely unfounded.

You’ll find Grantland Oscarologist Mark Harris’s postshow report here, a rundown of the major award winners below, and a full list here. Happy end of awards season!

Best Picture
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Martin Scorsese, 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
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Adapted Screenplay
Philomena, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
Before Midnight, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy
Captain Phillips, Billy Ray
12 Years a Slave, John Ridley
The Wolf of Wall Street, Terence Winter

Best Original Screenplay
American Hustle, David O. Russell and Eric Singer
Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen
Dallas Buyers Club, Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack
Her, Spike Jonze
Nebraska, Bob Nelson

Best Cinematography
The Grandmaster, Philippe Le Sourd
Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki
Inside Llewyn Davis, Bruno Delbonnel
Nebraska, Phedon Papamichael
Prisoners, Roger Deakins

Filed Under: Oscars, 12 years a slave, gravity, JARED LETO, Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Alfonso Cuaron, lupita nyong'o