Blanchett, McConaughey, Nyong'o, Leto win Academy Awards
Cate Blanchett, Matthew McConaughey, Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto won Oscars Sunday night, and host Ellen DeGeneres' tweet appeared to shut down Twitter for a short time.
Ellen's tweet featured the amiable host with several Hollywood stars all grinning for the camera. It apparently broke a Twitter record for retweets and jammed up the social media site for a few minutes.
"12 Years A Slave" won the Oscar for best film. Matthew McConaughey was tapped for best actor in "Dallas Buyers Club." Cate Blanchett won the Oscar for best actress in "Blue Jasmine."
Spike Jonze's "Her" won best original screenplay; Alfonso Cuaron won best director Oscar for "Gravity" and "Let It Go" from "Frozen" won best original song (music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.)
Nyong'o won the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her harrowing portrayal of a slave who's caught her sadistic master's eye in "12 Years a Slave."
It was the first Oscar nomination for the 31-year-old Nyong'o, and she won it for her film debut. Not just a breakout movie star, the Mexican-born actress of Kenyan descent has also made a huge splash in the fashion world.
The other nominees Sunday were: Sally Hawkins, "Blue Jasmine"; Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"; Julia Roberts, "August: Osage County"; and June Squibb, "nebraska.
Jared Leto, the favorite in his category, won the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his performance as an HIV-positive transgender prostitute in "Dallas Buyers Club."
Leto, 41, returned to acting after a six-year hiatus to play the role, and had widely been expected to win the Oscar. It was his first nomination.
The other nominees Sunday were Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips"; Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle"; Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"; and Jonah Hill, "The Wolf of Wall Street."
Disney's fairytale musical "Frozen" won the Oscar for best animated feature.
The 3-D film about a magically icy princess and her sister was directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, with voicing by Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Josh Gad. It's loosely based on the 19th century Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, "The Snow Queen," and features the catchy tween anthem "Let It Go."
Other nominees Sunday were: "The Croods"; "Despicable Me 2"; "Ernest & Celestine"; and "The Wind Rises.
"20 Feet from Stardom," a documentary that puts the spotlight on backup singers, won for best documentary feature.
The film, directed by Emmy-award winner Morgan Neville, takes a look at the singers who come of age amid the careers of luminaries like Ray Charles, Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder.
Befitting the attention that they normally miss out on, backup singer Darlene Love broke into song before the Dolby Theatre crowd, singing "I sing because I'm happy, I sing because I'm free."
Neville acknowledged producer Gil Friesen, who died in December.
"The Great Beauty," an Italian film hailed as an ode to Federico Fellini's 1960 film "La Dolce Vita," has won the best foreign language film category.
The movie, heavily favored since winning awards from the Golden Globes and British Academy, follows Jep Gambardella, who at age 65 begins to re-examine the luxuriant life he's led in Rome.
The 86th Academy Awards aired live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
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