As Gold Derby predicted, “12 Years a Slave” won Best Picture at the Oscars. Steve McQueen‘s historical drama about American slavery also won Best Adapted Screenplay, and Lupita Nyongo won Best Supporting Actress in a tight race against Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle“).
But even though “12 Years” took the top prize, “Gravity” swept up the most awards. It won seven: Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects.
“American Hustle” came into the Oscars with 10 nominations, but was completely shut out. That’s only one shy of Oscar’s record 11 losses shared by “The Color Purple” and “The Turning Point.”
Rounding out the acting categories were the usual suspects: Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine“) completed her season-long awards sweep, winning Best Actress. It’s her second Oscar, following her Best Supporting Actress win in 2004 for “The Aviator.”
Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor went to “Dallas Buyers Club” stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. It’s the first award and nomination for each, and it’s the first film to win both of those categories since Sean Penn and Tim Robbins for “Mystic River” in 2003. Below the line, “Dallas Buyers” also won Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
“The Great Gatsby” won both of its bids: Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.
“Frozen” also went two-for-two, taking Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Let It Go,” co-written by Robert Lopez, who now joins the elite club of EGOT winners. He’s the 12th person to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, and at age 39 he’s the youngest to pull off the feat.
Short film awards went to “Helium” (Live-Action Short), “Mr. Hublot” (Animated Short), and “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” (Documentary Short). The subject of “Number 6,” 110-year-old Alice Herz Sommer, was the oldest living Holocaust survivor, but passed away on Feb. 23.