The 2014 Academy Awards went pretty much the way I figured it would. Gravity won all the big time effects awards plus the Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron while 12 Years a Slave won the award for Best Picture. 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o won Best Supporting Actress while Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for Blue Jasmine. Dallas Buyers Club swept the Actor categories with Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto winning both awards.

I was also really happy to see Spike Jonze win for Best Original Screenplay for Her and was disappointed in the fact that 12 Years a Slave beat out Before Midnight for the Adapted Screenplay award. Overall, this was a pretty good year for the Oscars.

2014 Academy Awards Winners

Best Picture – 12 Years A Slave
Best Actress in a Leading Role – Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Actor in a Leading Role – Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Director – Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Original Screenplay – Her, written by Spike Jonze
Best Adapted Screenplay – 12 Years a Slave, screenplay by John Ridley
Best Animated Feature Film – Frozen
Best Documentary Feature – 20 Feet From Stardom
Best Foreign Language Film – The Great Beauty (Italy)
Best Visual Effects – Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
Best Film Editing – Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
Best Cinematography – Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Costume Design – The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin
Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
Best Production Design – The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin (Production Design) and Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)
Best Sound Mixing – Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
Best Sound Editing – Gravity, Glenn Freemantle
Best Original Score – Gravity, Steven Price
Best Original Song – “Let It Go,” Frozen, music and lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Best Animated Short Film – Mr. Hublot, Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
Best Live-Action Short Film – Helium, Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
Best Documentary Short Subject – The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed