"12 Years A Slave," based on the memoir of an upstate New York black man kidnapped and sold into slavery prior to the Civil War, won top honors at the Academy Awards Sunday night. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following report.
At the 86th Academy Awards, held Sunday night in Los Angeles, it was "12 Years A Slave" that took home the top prize for Best Picture.
The searing, historical drama won a total of three Oscars including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong'o in her feature film debut, who brought the audience to their feet and then delivered an emotional, heartfelt acceptance speech.
Best actor honors went to Matthew McConaughey for his portrayal of Ron Woodroof in "Dallas Buyers Club." McConaughey played a man diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980s who sought an alternative treatment for the deadly disease.
"Dallas Buyers Club" also brought home the coveted gold statuette for Best Supporting Actor for Jared Leto, for his brilliant performance as a transgender woman.
The film with the most Oscar wins of the night was the sci-fi flick "Gravity." The lost-in-space 3-D adventure nabbed a total of seven Academy Awards, mainly in technical categories, while "Gravity's" Alfonso Curon made history by becoming the first Latino to win for Best Director.
As expected, Cate Blanchett won for Best Actress for her work as a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."
Best Original Screenplay went to Spike Jonze for "Her."
"Frozen" didn't get the cold shoulder from Academy voters, as it grabbed the trophy for Best Animated feature. Best Documentary went to "20 Feet From Stardom," while Best Foreign Language film went to the Italian movie "The Great Beauty."
Ellen DeGeneres, who served as the host, delivered a funny opening monologue and served pizza to celebrities in the audience later in the evening.