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OSCAR RECAP: 'Gravity' Takes Home the Most Awards but '12 Years a Slave' Wins Best Picture

The 2014 Oscar season is officially over, closed out last night with a historic (but kind of tame) Academy Awards ceremony. 12 Years a Slave took home Best Picture, becoming the first film helmed by a black director (Steve McQueen) to do so. Gravity was the night's other big winner, capturing Oscars in seven of the nine categories it was nominated in. Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron became the first Latin American director to win Best Director.

Ellen DeGeneres' second time hosting the Oscars went pretty smoothly. The show was a departure from last year's ceremony, with DeGeneres opting for safe over Seth MacFarlane's edginess. Some of DeGeneres' bits — taking group selfies and ordering pizza — were cute but went on for way too long. Oh well, at least she wasn't Billy Crystal.

Last night's Oscar ceremony was also apparently the grand unveiling of the new John Travolta robot. The creation needs some work, though, as it wasn't properly programmed to say Idina Menzel's name.

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze (Her)
Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
Best Animated Feature: Frozen
Best Documentary Feature: 20 Feet from Stardom
Best Documentary Short: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Best Live Action Short: Helium
Best Best Animated Short: Mr Hublot
Best Original Score: Steven Price (Gravity)
Best Original Song: "Let It Go" by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Frozen)
Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty
Best Production Design: The Great Gatsby
Best Cinematography: Gravity
Best Sound Editing: Gravity
Best Sound Mixing: Gravity
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club
Best Costume Design: The Great Gatsby
Best Film Editing: Gravity
Best Visual Effects: Gravity
OSCAR RECAP: 'Gravity' Takes Home the Most Awards but '12 Years a Slave' Wins Best Picture Reviewed by Bill Kuchman on 3/03/2014 Rating: 5

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