The Oscars 2014: The Ceremony, Winners and Performances
Cementing the best in cinematic achievement
The 86th Academy Awards saw nominees, presenters and guests arrive on the red carpet at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood last night for the ceremony that cements the best in cinematic achievements of 2013.
At one point during the ceremony, DeGeneres appeared dressed as a fairy godmother...
Hosted by a lively Ellen DeGeneres, the night served as the second stint for the comic television presenter and actress at the helm of Hollywood's ultimate night out, her first time around being back in 2007. The decision by the academy to choose DeGeneres for the coveted role meant that the proceedings weren't without their fair share of fun; the much-loved star certainly brought her own light-hearted touch to the usually very formal evening.
...before ordering pizza to feed the evening's celebrity guests
Hollywood legends old and new were in attendance from Meryl Streep and Glenn Close to stars making their Academy Awards debut, such Emma Watson and Best Supporting Actress winner for her role in 12 Years A Slave, Lupita Nyong'o. First time nominee Nyong'o was joined by fellow Best Supporting Actor winner Jared Leto for his portrayal of the character Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, with Matthew McConaughey winning Best Actor for his part in the same film and Cate Blanchett taking home Best Actress for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmin.
The night also included a pop-heavy line up of live performances from Pharrell Williams, U2, Idina Menzel, P!nk – who performed Somewhere Over The Rainbow in honour of the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz – and Karen O, broadcast live to millions of viewers. Most acts sang a number nominated for Best Original Song; the entertainment value peaking at the point when Pharrell Williams serenaded a front row made up of Streep, Nyong'o and Amy Adams with a version of Happy from the animated adventure Despicable Me 2. U2 also performed the track Ordinary Love from the historic tale Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Impressing what is surely one of the industry's most high profile crowds imaginable is no mean feat, yet the combination of Pharrell and Ellen's unique brand of fun quite frankly nailed it – and the glittering, golden night finished with the title of Best Director to Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity and the highly sought after Best Picture award going to 12 Years A Slave, before the evening's various afterparties kicked into play.
The 86th Academy Awards Winning List, in full:
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin)
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Dallas Buyers Club
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
BEST ANIMATED FILM
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
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
BEST SOUND MIXING
BEST SOUND EDITING
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
BEST FILM EDITING
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Great Gatsby
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
'Let It Go' / Frozen
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
12 Years a Slave
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
12 Years a Slave