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The 86th Academy Awards (2014)

Held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, March 2, 2014, honoring movies released in 2013.

Acting Winners

Acting winners Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"), Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") and Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club").

Best Picture

12 Years a Slave

"12 Years a Slave"

River Road, Plan B, New Regency Production (Fox Searchlight)

Best Documentary Feature

"20 Feet from Stardom" Full Image

"20 Feet from Stardom"

Janet Friesen, Morgan Neville, Darlene Love and Caitrin Rogers

Best Original Screenplay

Spike Jonze, writer of "Her" Full Image


Spike Jonze, writer of Original Screenpaly winner "Her."

The Year

  • Best Picture: “12 Years a Slave”
    • “12 Years a Slave” also won Actress in a Supporting Role (Lupita Nyong'o) and Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley).
  • With "12 Years a Slave," Steve McQueen became the first black filmmaker to direct a Best Picture-winning film, and Alfonso Cuarón became the first Latino winner for Directing with "Gravity." (View Image)
  • The only multiple Oscar-winning individuals were Alfonso Cuarón (who also won for Film Editing for "Gravity") and Catherine Martin (Production Design and Costume Design for "The Great Gatsby"), the first woman to receive multiple awards on two occasions. (View Image)
  • With her Best Actress nomination for "August: Osage County," Meryl Streep elevated her record-breaking number of acting nominations to 18.
  • "Frozen" became the first Walt Disney Animation Studios film to win in the Animated Feature Film category.
  • Ellen DeGeneres hosted for the second time, following the 79th Academy Awards in 2007.
  • Unusually, the Oscar ceremony featured two acceptance speeches with singing: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Original Song winners for "Let It Go" from "Frozen," and Darlene Love, who accompanied Morgan Neville, Janet Friesen and Caitrin Rogers to accept the Oscar for Documentary Feature for "20 Feet from Stardom." (View Image)
  • In March, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, became Pope Francis, the first Jesuit and the first from the Americas to be elected. His predecessor, Benedict XVI, was the first pope in more than six centuries to resign.
  • On April 15, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, leaving three people dead and over 260 wounded. The two men allegedly behind the attack, Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were cornered four days later by the police.
  • On June 26, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the federal government must provide benefits to same-sex spouses and let stand a ruling that California's Proposition 8 from 2008 was unconstitutional.
  • On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines with winds exceeding 150 miles an hour, killing more than 6,000 people and displacing an additional three million.

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

To Angelina Jolie, an artist whose humanitarian efforts continue to touch and inspire the film industry and the world.

Honorary Award

To Angela Lansbury, an entertainment icon who has created some of cinema's most memorable characters, inspiring generations of actors.

Honorary Award

To Steve Martin, in recognition of his extraordinary talents and the unique inspiration he has brought to the art of motion pictures.

Honorary Award

To Piero Tosi, a visionary whose incomparable costume designs shaped timeless, living art in motion pictures.

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