“12 Years a Slave” won the Oscar for best picture at the academy awards. Director Steve McQueen dedicated the award to “all those that endured slavery and the 21 million people who still live in slavery today.”
Lupita Nyong’o accepts the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for “12 Years a Slave” and told the audience “It doesn’t escape me that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone elses.”
Matthew McConaughey won the Oscar for Best Actor and quoted Charlie Lauten saying “When you got god you got a friend and that friend is you.”
McConaughey capped his speech with his trademark “Alright alright alright just keep living.”
Cate Blanchett won the Oscar for best actor, telling the audience that female driven films have an audience, people want to see them and they make money, “The world is round people”
Jared Leto took home the award for best supporting actor for his work in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Leto thanked his mother saying, “I love you Mom, thank you for teaching me to dream.”
Backstage Leto add “At one point during my speech I found myself talking to DeNiro, as if the room wasn’t intimidating enough. Bad choice. So I went back to my mom.”
Director Alfonso Cuaron accepts the Best Achievement in Directing.
“It was definitely a transformative experience…it took so long and it wasn’t for nothing.”
Spike Jonze won the award for Best Original Screenplay and thanked the invisible friends and family onstage with him.
“I’m not up here alone I am up here with my friends and family…We made a movie about relationships and intimacy and that is what we shared” Jonze said backstage.
“I don’t think I could have written a screenplay when I was younger,” Jonze said. “I think it took me a long time to learn how to write. I learned a lot from Charlie (Kaufman) and Dave Eggers and Maurice Sendak. I think I’m ready to write what’s in my heart and what I have to say.”
John Ridley accepts the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for the film “12 Years a Slave”
“Before I started this project I didn’t know Solomon’s name, I didn’t know his story… And that a memoir that’s in public domain, for people to buy it and read it, that means the world to me,” Ridley said backstage.
Emmanuel Lubezki accepts the Best Achievement in Cinematography award for “Gravity”
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez had one of the best acceptance speeches of the night as they accepted the Oscar for best song by reading their thanks in rhyme.
“Every single day on my Facebook or Twitter, you get some incredible testimony that this song kept me from committing suicide or helped me get through cancer treatment for my kids,” Anderson-Lopez said backstage. “That is just so meaningful to us.”
The award gives Robert Lopez an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony)
Costume designer Catherine Martin accepts the best achievement in costume design award for “The Great Gatsby,” telling the crowd that her husband and director Baz Luhrmann “makes it all possible. He dreams the dream.”
Martin told reporters backstage “I always think it’s funny. I often walk into the room and think, ‘Oh God, isn’t my crew getting old?’ And then I realize, I’m old, too.”
Karen O and Ezra Koenig perform “The Moon Song” from “Her.”
Producer Peter Del Vecho and directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck accept the best animated feature film award for “Frozen”
Pink brought the crowd at the Dolby Theater to their feet with her rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” during a solute to “The Wizard of Oz.”
Singer Darlene Love accepts the Best Documentary, Feature award for ’20 Feet from Stardom’ by singing to the audience.
Director Morgan Neville said backstage, “The thing I realized when I was making it is that we’re all backup singers,” said Neville. “Most of us aren’t rock stars; most of us aren’t presidents. Most of us are backup singers. I’ve identified with them and what I’ve found is, I’ve taken this film out and shown it to people, is the people see themselves in this experience.”
Actor Toni Servillo, director Paolo Sorrentino, and producer Nicola Giuliano accept the Best Foreign Language Film award for ‘The Great Beauty’ from Italy.
Idina Menzel recieved a standing ovation for her performance of “Let it Go” from “Frozen” which won best son.
Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews accept the best achievement in makeup and hairstyling award for “Dallas Buyers Club.” Matthews said to director Jean-Marc Vallee, “You are a visionary.”
U2 perform “Ordinay Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Steven Price accepts the Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score award for “Gravity.”
“My house was basically full of music,” Price told reporters backstage. “My memories of growing up are of the record player. My mother claims I learned to speak from listening to records.”
Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares accept the best short film, animated award for “Mr. Hublot”
Nicholas Reed and Malcolm Clarke accept the best documentary, short subject award for “The Lady In Number 6.”
Kim Magnusson and Anders Walter accept the best short film, live action award for “Helium.”
Visual effects artists Neil Corbould, David Shirk, Timothy Webber, and Chris Lawrence accept the Best Achievement in Visual Effects award for “Gravity.”
Pharrell Williams performed the nominated song “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2.”
Sound mixers Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Skip Lievsay, and Chris Munro accept the Achievement in Sound Mixing award for “Gravity.”
Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger accept the Best Achievement in Editing award for “Gravity.”
Beverley Dunn and Catherine Martin accept the Best Achievement in Production Design award for “The Great Gatsby.”
Glenn Freemantle accepts the Best Achievement in Sound Editing award for “Gravity.”