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Even though the Best Picture race seemed to be a close one, the 86th Annual Academy Awards yielded few surprises, with the top awards mostly shaking out the way pundits expected. In a rare split, Best Picture went to 12 Years a Slave, while Best Director went to Alfonso Cuarón of Gravity. Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett took the top acting prizes for Dallas Buyers Club and Blue Jasmine, respectively. Lupita Nyong'o ended up edging out Jennifer Lawrence for Best Supporting Actress. 

Read the full results below. 

Best Picture
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Predicted winner: 12 Years a Slave

Actual winner: 12 Years a Slave. "Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live," director Steve McQueen said in his acceptance speech. The win made history. McQueen became the first black person to win a Best Picture trophy. The movie was the first film by a black director to win the Oscars' top prize.

Best Actor
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Predicted winner:  Matthew McConaughey 

Actual winner: Matthew McConaughey. McConaughey's speech is long and rambling. All right, all right, all right. 

Best Actress
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Predicted winner: Cate Blanchett

Actual winner: Cate Blanchett. This result is not surprising, she had swept basically every award up until this point. 

Best Director
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Predicted winner: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity 

Actual winner: Cuarón wins, making him the first Latino man to win the award. The award was handed out by Angelina Jolie and Sidney Poitier, who was the first black man to win Best Actor. 

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Predicted winner: Jared Leto

Actual winner: Jared Leto. Leto gave an emotional speech about his mother. He also brought up both Venezuela and Ukraine in his speech and said: "this is for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS." 

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Predicted winner:  Jennifer Lawrence

Actual winner: Lupita Nyong'o. She gets a standing ovation. Read her full speech here.

Best Costume Design 
American Hustle 
The Grandmaster 
The Great Gatsby 
The Invisible Woman
12 Years Slave 

Predicted winner: Gatsby

Actual winner: Gatsby

Best Makeup and Hairstyling 
Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger

Predicted winner: The Lone Ranger

Actual winner: Dallas Buyers ClubThe hair and makeup budget for the film was insanely low, just $250.

Best Animated Short Film
Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Room on the Broom 

Predicted winner: Get a Horse!

Actual winner: Mr. Hublot. No Disney love here. 

Best Animated Feature

The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises

Predicted winner: Frozen

Actual winner: FrozenOf course. 

Best Visual Effects 
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 2
The Lone Ranger 
Star Trek Into Darkness 

Predicted winner: Gravity

Actual winner: Gravity  

Best Live-Action Short Film
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem

Predicted winner: Helium

Actual winner: Helium, definitely the sentimental favorite. It's the story of a child suffering from cancer. 

Best Documentary Short Subject  
Facing Fear 

Karama Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall 

Predicted winner: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

Actual winner: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, which is about the world's oldest living Holocaust survivor. The subject died last week.

Best Documentary Feature

The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet From Stardom

Predicted winner: The Square

Actual winner: 20 Feet From Stardom, the biggest crowd-pleaser. Darlene Love, one of the film's subjects, took the stage, and closed out the acceptance speech by singing her heart out. 

Best Foreign Language Film

The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
Omar (Palestine)

Predicted winner: The Great Beauty

Actual winner: The Great Beauty. Read our Q&A with the director here.

Best Sound Mixing  
Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor 

Predicted winner: Gravity 

Actual winner: Gravity

Best Sound Editing
All Is Lost 
Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug 
Lone Survivor

Predicted winner: Gravity  

Actual winner: Gravity"My heart is beating faster than Sandra's," winner Glenn Freemantle said. 

Best Cinematography
The Grandmaster 
Inside Llewyn Davis 

Predicted winner: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity

Actual winner: Gravity. When announcing the award with Amy Adams, Bill Murray tacked on Harold Ramis' name to the list of nominees. 

Best Film Editing 
American Hustle 
Captain Phillips 
Dallas Buyers Club 
12 Years a Slave 

Predicted winner: Captain Phillips

Actual winner: Gravity

Best Production Design 

American Hustle 
The Great Gatsby
12 Years a Slave 

Predicted winner: The Great Gatsby

Actual winner: The Great Gatsby, which makes sense since some would argue that the movie is entirely production design. 

Best Original Score 

John Williams for The Book Thief 
Steven Price for Gravity 
William Butler and Owen Pallett for Her 
Alexandre Desplat for Philomena 
Thomas Newman for Saving Mr. Banks 

Predicted winner: Steven Price for Gravity

Actual winner: Gravity

Best Original Song

"Happy" from Despicable Me 2
"Let it Go" from Frozen
"The Moon Song" from Her 
"Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Predicted winner: "Let It Go"

Actual winner: "Let it Go." Bobby Lopez, who co-wrote the song with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, just got an EGOT with this win!

Best Adapted Screenplay

Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Predicted winner: 12 Years a Slave

Actual winner: 12 Years a Slave

Best Original Screenplay

American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club

Predicted winner: Her

Actual winner: Her


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