Oscars: 12 Years a Slave wins best picture; Matthew McConaughey wins best actor for “Dallas Buyers Club”
The space adventure Gravity won seven Academy Awards on Sunday but was denied the top prize when the drama 12 Years a Slave won the Oscar for best picture.
I have no quibble with that and I’m so glad that Brad Pitt, with four previous nominations and zero wins, finally got his Oscar.
Pitt is one of the producers of best picture winner 12 Years a Slave and also had a supporting role in the film.
Prior to the best picture award, Matthew McConaughey won the best actor Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club for his performance as a homophobic man battling AIDS who goes outside the medical establishment to find a way to survive.
He mentioned a lot of things during his speech but not once said the word AIDS.
McConaughey ended his speech by saying: ‘Amen’ and ‘Alright, Alright, Alright’ and ‘Keep on Livin.’
His co-star Jared Leto had won best supporting actor earlier in the night for his performance as a transgender woman with AIDS and given a heartfelt and thoughtful speech and paid tribute to those who have died from AIDS or been mistreated for being different.
McConaughey and Leto had been heavily favored to win as had best actress winner Cate Blanchett who won for her performance in Blue Jasmine.
‘As random and subjective as this award is, it means a great deal in a year of, yet again, extraordinary performances by women,’ Blanchett said in her acceptance speech.
She also added that there are people in the movie business ‘who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences want to see them, and in fact, they earn money.’
Newcomer Lupita Nyong’o won best supporting actress for what was her first film role and gave the night’s best speech.
‘It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is because of so much pain in someone else’s,’ Nyong’o said in a tribute to her character, a slave in 1840s Louisiana.
Best director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Best animated feature film: Frozen
Best foreign film: The Great Beauty
Best original screenplay: Her, Spike Jonze
Best adapted screenplay: 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley
Best original score: Gravity
Best original song: Let It Go, from Frozen
Best cinematography: Gravity
Best costume design: The Great Gatsby
Best documentary feature: 20 Feet From Stardom
Best documentary short subject: The Lady in Number 6
Best film editing: Gravity
Best makeup and hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club
Best production design: The Great Gatsby
Best animated short film: Mr. Hublot
Best live-action short film: Helium
Best sound editing: Gravity
Best sound mixing: Gravity
Best visual effects: Gravity