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Unflinching slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” took home the Oscar for best picture at Sunday’s Academy Awards, and its star Lupita Nyong’o added to the film’s trophy case by claiming the best supporting actress award.

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Best actor winner Matthew McConaughey, best actress winner Cate Blanchett, best supporting actress winner Lupita Nyong’o and best supporting actor winner Jared Leto pose with their Oscars.

“Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live,” director Steve McQueen said when accepting the award. “I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery and the 21 million that still suffer slavery today.”

London-born McQueen is the first black director to take home a best-picture award.

In a teary, heartfelt speech, Nyong’o saluted her enslaved character, Patsey, and Solomon Northup, the free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841, and wrote the memoir upon which the film is based. The film also won the best adapted screenplay award.

Fans of Matthew McConaughey are feeling “alright, alright” after the actor proved the road to “McConaissance” is indeed paved in Oscar gold when he won the best lead actor award for “Dallas Buyers Club,” in which he plays Texan Ron Woodroof, who smuggled unapproved drugs into the United States to fight AIDS.

McConaughey, who was at one time known for his turn in rom-coms, showed off some of his charm when he gave a nod to his late father, telling the audience he envisioned him dancing around in heaven with a pot of gumbo, a lemon-meringue pie, and a cold can of Miller Lite. Naturally, he closed out his speech and a stellar awards season with his iconic line from 1993’s “Dazed and Confused,” shouting “alright alright alright.”

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Matthew McConaughey won the best actor Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club.”

McConaughey’s “Dallas Buyers Club” co-star Jared Leto won the best supporting actor award for playing transgender Texan Rayon.

“This is for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS,” Leto said in his acceptance speech. “To those of you who have felt injustice because of who you love and who you are, I stand here with you and for you.”

Image: Leto, best supporting actor winner for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club", speaks on stage at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood

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Hollywood’s brightest stars gather to celebrate the biggest achievements in film.

But it wasn’t all serious talk for Leto, who also mentioned the conflict in Ukraine during his speech. Before even winning his award, host Ellen DeGeneres joked that he was the “most beautiful” person at the ceremony (with his enviable ombre highlights and crisp tux, can you deny it?). And after he won, backstage observers reported that he was passing his Oscar around and allowing others to be photographed with it — until Academy officials requested he stop.

As expected, Cate Blanchett took home the best lead actress Oscar for her role in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.” Although Allen made headlines lately regarding molestation allegations involving his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, Blanchett acknowledged him in her acceptance speech, saying, “Thank you so much Woody for casting me, I appreciate it.”

It was Blanchett’s second Oscar, coming a decade after her 2004 best supporting award for “The Aviator.”

On a fairly predictable night, DeGeneres lightened things up with some surprises — taking a celebrity-studded selfie, having pizza delivered to the audience, and suddenly appearing in full pink pouf as “Oz’s” Glinda the Good Witch.

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That’s not to say the broadcast was completely safe. Degeneres did get some jabs in: She praised 84-year-old nominee June Squibb, and then raised her voice and spoke slowly and loudly to the actress as if speaking to a hard-of-hearing elderly person, saying, “I’m telling everyone that you were wonderful in ‘Nebraska.’” The audience, and more importantly Squibb, all got a good laugh.

Her sharpest dig of the night was a tweak of Oscar-winner Liza Minnelli, there to honor her mother Judy Garland’s movie “The Wizard of Oz.” As the camera cut to Minnelli, DeGeneres praised “one of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have ever seen in my life. … Good job, sir.”

The night was exceptionally starry for space drama “Gravity,” which claimed numerous technical awards and the best director statuette for Alfonso Cuaron, the first Latino to win in that category.

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From dazzling gowns to sophisticated tuxedos, see which styles dominated the red carpet at the 86th annual Academy Awards.

Cuaron thanked star Sandra Bullock, saying “Sandy, you’re ‘Gravity.’ You’re the soul, heart of the film. … One of the best people I’ve ever met.”

“Gravity’s” awards included best film editing, cinematography, sound editing, best score, sound mixing and visual effects.

Disney blockbuster “Frozen” claimed the best animated feature film Oscar, and its hit song, “Let It Go,” won for best original song. “Happy Oscars to you, let’s do ‘Frozen 2,’ sang husband-and-wife winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The song was performed live, in a much-awaited performance, by Broadway star Idina Menzel, who voices and sings the role of Queen Elsa in the movie. Menzel took the stage after actor John Travolta mangled her name, sparking plenty of jokes on social media.

Other winners were:

  • Spike Jonze won the award for best original screenplay for “Her.”
  • “Mr. Hublot” won for best animated short.
  • “Helium” for best live-action short film.
  • “The Lady in Number 6,” about Alice Herz Sommer, a Holocaust survivor and concert pianist who died Feb. 23 aged 110, won for best documentary short subject.
  • “20 Feet from Stardom,” which focuses on the backup singers behind musical legends, won for best documentary feature.
  • Italy’s “The Great Beauty” won for best foreign-language film.
  • Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews of “Dallas Buyers Club” won the award for makeup and hairstyling.
  • Catherine Martin won the costume design Oscar for “The Great Gatsby,” an award also won by the 1974 film version of “Gatsby.”

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“Gravity,” director Alfonso Cuaron’s 3-D spectacle of an astronaut stranded in outer space and her struggle to return to Earth, and “American Hustle,” a glitzy period comedy of con artists and the FBI inspired by the 1970s Abscam sting operation, lead this year’s Academy Awards race, with 10 nominations each.  

In addition, this year’s other Best Picture nominees include:  “Captain Phillips,” a gripping dramatization of the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama;“Dallas Buyers Club,” the true story of a homophobic AIDS patient who built an underground business dealing with non-FDA approved anti-AIDS drugs; and Spike Jonze’s“Her,” a quirky futuristic romance in which a lonely man rebounds from divorce to fall in love with the voice of his computer’s operating system.Also: “Nebraska,” Alexander Payne’s dramedy of an elderly man (Bruce Dern) on a journey to claim sweepstakes winnings  he believes he’s won; “Philomena,” the true story of a woman searching for the child taken from her at birth; “12 Years a Slave,” the brutal true-life tale of a free black man sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War South; and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Martin Scorsese’s black comedy about a stockbroker whose corrupt practices and profligate lifestyle led to a spectacular fall.

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“Gravity” director Alfonso Cuaron talks working with Clooney, Bullock

In addition to Cuaron and “Hustle” directorDavid O. Russell, the nominees for Best Director are Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”; Payne for “Nebraska”; and Scorsese for “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

It’s the eighth directing nomination for Scorsese (he won for “The Departed”), and the third for Russell and Payne. (Russell was nominated before for “The Fighter” and “Silver Linings Playbook,” and Payne for “Sideways” and “The Descendants.”)

“Gravity” was also the leader in below-the line categories, with nominations for cinematography, visual effects, production design, editing, sound editing and sound mixing.

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This year’s Best Actor Oscar nominees, from top left: Christian Bale, “American Hustle”; Bruce Dern,”Nebraska”; Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”; Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”; and Matthew McConaughey, “DallasBuyers Club.” The Best Actress Oscar nominees are Amy Adams, “American Hustle”; Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”; Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”; Judi Dench, “Philomena”; and Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County.”
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 Best Actor  

In one of the most competitive years ever for the Best Actor category, the nominees are Christian Bale as a con man in “American Hustle”; Bruce Dern, as an elderly man convinced he has won a sweepstakes and stubbornly marches off to collect it, in “Nebraska”; Leonardo DiCaprio as a hedonistic stockbroker in “The Wolf of Wall Street”; Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free black man kidnapped and sold into bondage in “12 Years a Slave”; and Matthew McConaughey as a homophobic AIDS patient who becomes an underground seller of non-FDA-approved AIDS drugs in “Dallas Buyers Club.”This is the fifth acting nomination for DiCaprio, and the second for Dern, who was a Best Supporting Actor nominee for “Coming Home.” Bale won Best Supporting Actor for “The Fighter.” Ejiofor and McConaughey are both first-time nominees.

Among the terrific performances this year that couldn’t squeeze into the top five were Robert Redford in “All Is Lost”; two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks in “Captain Phillips”; Oscar Isaac in “Inside Llewyn Davis”; and Joaquin Phoenix in “Her.”

Best Actress

Two Golden Globe-winners – Cate Blanchett, as a down-on-her-heels socialite crawling back to her working-class roots in “Blue Jasmine”; and Sandra Bullockas an astronaut stranded high above Earth after orbiting debris destroys the space shuttle in “Gravity” — were nominated for Best Actress, along with Amy Adams as a con artist in “American Hustle”; Judi Dench as a woman seeking the child taken from her at childbirth in “Philomena”; and Meryl Streep as the matriarch of a particularly dysfunctional Oklahoma family, in “August: Osage County.”

This marks the 18th citation for three-time-winner Streep, who holds the record for most acting Oscar nominations.  Dench (a Best Supporting Actress winner for “Shakespeare in Love”) received her seventh nomination. Blanchett, a six-time nominee, previously won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Scorsese’s “The Aviator.” Bullock won Best Actress for “The Blind Side.” This is the fifth acting nomination for Adams.

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This year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Supporting Actor are (from top left); Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”; Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”; Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”; Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”; and Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club.” The Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees are: Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”; Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”; Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”; Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”; and June Squibb, “Nebraska.”
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Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actor nominees include Barkhad Abdi as Muse, leader of a band of Somali pirates, in “Captain Phillips”; Michael Fassbender, as Edwin Epps, a brutal slave owner, in “12 Years a Slave”; Bradley Cooper as an FBI agent in “American Hustle”; Jonah Hill as a crack-smoking stock broker in “The Wolf of Wall Street”; and Jared Leto as a transgender AIDS patient in “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Best Supporting Actress

British actress Sally Hawkins, playing the working-class sister of a socialite in “Blue Jasmine,” was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, along with Jennifer Lawrence as the ditsy wife of a con man in “American Hustle”; Lupita Nyong’oas Patsy, a slave who becomes an obsession of her master, in “12 Years a Slave”;Julia Roberts as a woman in a brutal relationship with her mother in “August: Osage County”; and June Squibb as Bruce Dern’s long-suffering, tart-tongued wife in “Nebraska.”

Best Screenplay

Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawkeshared a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for “Before Midnight,” the third film of their two-decade-long romance begun with “Before Sunrise.” Also nominated:  “Captain Phillips,”“Philomena,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

For Best Original screenplay Woody Allen received his 16th screenwriting nomination for “Blue Jasmine.”  Also nominated:  “American Hustle,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Her” and “Nebraska.”

Best Animated Feature

Nominees in the animation category range in styles from the computer-generated to the hand-drawn: “The Croods,” a prehistoric comedy; “Despicable Me 2,” a sequel featuring a supposedly reformed supervillain and his minions; “Ernest & Celestine,” about the unlikely friendship between a bear and a mouse, a Grand Jury Prize-winner at the Seattle International Film Festival.; “Frozen,” the Disney musical confection and a big box office hit; and “The Wind Rises,” the final feature of Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki (who won the Oscar for “Spirited Away”).

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Music

Arcade Fire, U2, Pharrell, and Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are on Oscar’s playlist this year.

Best Original Song nominees include U2′s “Ordinary Love” (from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”); “Let It Go” (from “Frozen”); Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (from “Despicable Me 2″); the theme from “Alone Yet Not Alone”; and Karen O and Spike Jonze’s “The Moon Song” (from “Her”).

For Best Original Score, John Williams received his 49th career Oscar nomination — the most of any living person — for the World War II drama, “The Book Thief.” He’s joined by Steven Price for “Gravity”; Arcade Fire’s William Butler and Owen Pallett for “Her”; Alexandre Desplat for  “Philomena”; and Thomas Newman for “Saving Mr. Banks.”

Best Documentary Feature

For non-fiction features, the Academy selected as finalists films about war, revolution, art and music:

“The Act of Killing,” Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sorensen’s powerful look at the bloody past of the Indonesian military, featuring former death squad leaders reenacting their real-life crimes; “Dirty Wars,” Richard Rowley and investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill’s examination of covert warfare and the secretive Joint Special Operations Command; and “The Square,” Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer’s vivid document of Egyptian activists in the heat of the Arab Spring.

Also: “20 Feet From Stardom,” a joyous portrait of backup singers; and Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher’s “Cutie and the Boxer,” about the stormy relationship between a Japanese painter and his wife-assistant.

Missing from this year’s nominees: “Blackfish,” the controversial film about Sea World and the treatment of captive killer whales; “Stores We Tell,” Sarah Polley’s gripping exploration of her family history; and “The Armstrong Lie,” Alex Gibney’s expose of cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Best Foreign Language Film

With Cannes Festival winner and critics’ favorite “Blue Is the Warmest Color” ineligible for an Oscar this year, the field was wide open for Best Foreign Language Film.

The nominees include “The Broken Circle Breakdown” (Belgium), a romantic tale of a Belgian musician and tattoo artist joined by tragedy and a shared love for bluegrass music; “The Missing Picture” (Cambodia), Rithy Panh’s testament to his family, and millions of others, lost to the Khmer Rouge; “The Hunt” (Denmark), about an upstanding schoolteacher (Mads Mikkelson) whose reputation and life are jeopardized by a slanderous accusation of pedophilia; “The Great Beauty” (Italy), Paolo Sorrentino’s visual portrait of the Eternal City and “la dolce vita”;  and “Omar” (Palestinian Territories), about childhood friends on the West Bank whose trust is torn by betrayal and murder.

Oscar shortlist for foreign films announced

Tech nominations

Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, nominated in the past for his work with directors Cuaron, Tim Burton and Terrence Malick, is up for the 3-D epic “Gravity.” He’ll be up against Philippe Le Sourd for “The Grandmaster,” Bruno Delbonnel for “Inside Llewyn Davis,” Phedon Papamichael for the black-and-white “Nebraska,” and Roger Deakins, who received his 11th career nod for the thriller “Prisoners.”

Cinematographers’ guild nominates 7 for best of 2013

Competing against “Gravity” for Best Visual Effects are “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Iron Man 3,” “The Lone Ranger,” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

Shortlist for visual effects Oscar announced

Alfonso Cuaron received one of his three nominations today as co-editor of “Gravity.” Also up: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” and “12 Years a Slave.”

Costume designers, who typically reward period pieces, nominated five slices of fashion history, from the 19th century dramas “The Invisible Woman” and “12 Years a Slave,” to the opulent (the martial arts saga “The Grandmaster”), the ostentatious (the Jazz Age fashion of “The Great Gatsby”), and the outrageous (the disco-era “American Hustle”).

And in one of the more unexpected bits of news this morning, the gross-out comedy “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” stands a chance at becoming an Academy Award-winning film, thanks to a nomination for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

The nominations were announced Thursday morning in Los Angeles by Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and actor Chris Hemsworth.

The Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles, broadcast on ABC.


VideoThe TODAY anchors talk about their favorite Academy Award-winning movies, with Natalie Morales picking the classic “Casablanca” and Carson Daly choosing Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart.”

It’s awards season, and on Thursday we got the full list of nominees for the 2013 Academy Awards.

If playing catch-up with last year’s nominees wasn’t enough for you, we’ve compiled a list of every “Best Picture” winner since 1927.

The Oscar announcements got us thinking: There have been more than 80 “Best Picture” winners over the years, but which is your favorite?

Matt’s pick was the 1970 classic “Patton,” while Savannah’s was 1984′s “Amadeus.” Al chose 1987′s “In the Heat of the Night,” Natalie 1943′s “Casablanca,” and Carson went with 1995′s “Braveheart.”

The TODAY anchors have let us in on their favorite flicks, but now we want to hear from you. Which “Best Picture” winner was your favorite? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter using #TODAYtbt, and don’t forget to use the list as your guide!

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“Argo” won the Oscar for Best Picture last year.

2012 – “Argo”
2011 – “The Artist”
2010 – “The King’s Speech”
2009 – “The Hurt Locker”
2008 – “Slumdog Millionaire”
2007 – “No Country for Old Men”
2006 – “The Departed”
2005 – “Crash”
2004 – “Million Dollar Baby”
2003 – “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
2002 – “Chicago”
2001 – “A Beautiful Mind”
2000 – “Gladiator”

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“Titanic” won the Best Picture Oscar for 1997.

1999 – “American Beauty”
1998 – “Shakespeare in Love”
1997 – “Titanic”
1996 – “The English Patient”
1995 – “Braveheart”
1994 – “Forrest Gump”
1993 – “Schindler’s List”
1992 – “Unforgiven”
1991 – “The Silence of the Lambs”
1990 – “Dances With Wolves”

1989 – “Driving Miss Daisy”
1988 – “Rain Man”
1987 – “The Last Emperor”
1986 – “Platoon”
1985 – “Out of Africa”
1984 – “Amadeus”
1983 – “Terms of Endearment”
1982 – “Gandhi”
1981 – “Chariots of Fire”
1980 – “Ordinary People”

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“The Godfather” dominated in the early 1970s.

1979 – “Kramer vs. Kramer”
1978 – “The Deer Hunter”
1977 – “Annie Hall”
1976 – “Rocky”
1975 – “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
1974 – “The Godfather Part II”
1973 – “The Sting”
1972 – “The Godfather”
1971 – “The French Connection”
1970 – “Patton”

1969 – “Midnight Cowboy”
1968 – “Oliver!”
1967 – “In the Heat of the Night”
1966 – “A Man for All Seasons”
1965 – “The Sound of Music”
1964 – “My Fair Lady”
1963 – “Tom Jones”
1962 – “Lawrence of Arabia”
1961 – “West Side Story”
1960 – “The Apartment”

1959:  American actor Charlton Heston competes in a chariot race in a still from the film, 'Ben Hur,' directed by William Wyler.  (Photo by MGM Studio...

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“Ben-Hur” won Best Picture for 1959.

1959 – “Ben-Hur”
1958 – “Gigi”
1957 – “The Bridge on the River Kwai”
1956 – “Around the World in 80 Days”
1955 – “Marty”
1954 – “On the Waterfront”
1953 – “From Here to Eternity”
1952 – “The Greatest Show on Earth”
1951 – “An American in Paris”
1950 – “All About Eve”

1949 – “All the Kings Men”
1948 – “Hamlet”
1947 – “Gentleman’s Agreement”
1946 – “The Best Years of Our Lives”
1945 – “The Lost Weekend”
1944 – “Going My Way”
1943 – “Casablanca”
1942 – “Mrs. Miniver”
1941 – “How Green Was My Valley”
1940 – “Rebecca”

GONE WITH THE WIND, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, 1939

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“Gone with the Wind” won Best Picture for 1939.

1939 – “Gone with the Wind”
1938 – “You Can’t Take It with You”
1937 – “The Life of Emile Zola”
1936 – “The Great Ziegfeld”
1935 – “Mutiny on the Bounty”
1934 – “It Happened One Night”
1932/1933 – “Cavalcade”
1931/1932 – “Grand Hotel”
1930/1931 – “Cimarron”
1929/1930 – “All Quiet on the Western Front”
1928/1929 – “The Broadway Melody”
1927/1928 – “Wings”