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Oscars 2014: Best Moments

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The Gravity Awards - sorry, the Academy Awards - have come and gone, and with them marks the end of award season. For those who didn’t brave the all-nighter to watch them until 5am, here’s a look at what happened.

Gravity was the big winner of the night and whilst the film didn’t take home the Best Picture Oscar, Alfonso Cuarón took the statuette home for Best Director - no surprise there. 

No surprises in general actually. Predictably, 12 Years a Slave took home the biggest and final prize of the night, and director Steve McQueen rejoiced by jumping up and down facing his team of producers and actors, a joyful end to the very long ceremony.

The night was packed with funny bits, some a little too long, but Ellen DeGeneres did a good job at hosting, bringing the Academy Awards down a peg or two (she had a pizza delivery boy serve movie stars from the carton and had the likes of Harvey Weinstein donating money, while Brad Pitt helped out with the plates), and of course you’ll all have seen the “twitter-breaking” selfie Ellen had Bradley Cooper take. I think if you look closely you’ll even find me in the picture, because let’s be honest everyone was in it: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Channing Tatum, Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Jared Leto, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

But as much as the Oscars is about self promotion it's also about the awards: Cate Blanchett, classy and elegant as ever, took home the Oscar for best actress for her phenomal role in Blue Jasmine; with a wonderful speech she thanked her fellow nominees, and carefully avoided mentioning Woody Allen as much as possible.

Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey both won for Best Supporting and Best Actor respectively, for their immense portrayals in Dallas Buyers Club, and fans all around the world took it upon themselves to mourn (and they’ll keep doing so) for yet another loss endured by Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo fans should remember that not every great talent wins an Oscar - Alfred Hitchcock and Peter O'Toole are amongst those who never won.

Possibly the most surprising category, and that’s pushing it because it wasn’t really that surprising, was the best supporting actress category. Lupita Nyong’o won over Jennifer Lawrence for her portrayal of Patsey in 12 Years a Slave.

And while Gravity took home most statues for all things technical, John Ridley won the best adapted screenplay Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, while Spike Jonze very much deservedly won for Best Original Screenplay.

The performances of all the best songs made the show lighter and fun: Pharrell killed it with his performance of ‘Happy’ from Despicable Me 2, getting Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams and even Meryl Streep to dance! And of course, for any fan of Frozen, Idina Menzel singing 'Let it Go' (which won best original song) was one of the most anticipated moments of the night.

Sweetest Moment: Karen O. and Ezra Koenig performing “The Moon Song”, nominated for best original song for Her.

Showstopper: Pink’s rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as a tribute to The Wizard of Oz.

Best Presenter: Kevin Spacey. Because, he’s Kevin Spacey. And he plugged House of Cards, no further explanation needed.

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