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Everything you need to know about the Academy Awards: 13 top moments

Missed the Oscars? Went to bed early? Watched “True Detective” instead? We’ve got you covered — here are the top moments from Sunday night’s ceremony, which clocked in at around three and a half hours, wrapping up at midnight. (See a full list of winners and nominees below)

* The two most-nominated movies (“Gravity” and “American Hustle”) had wildly different results. Great night for “Gravity,” which was tied with “American Hustle” for the most nominations. with 10: The lost-in-space movie starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney cleaned up with seven wins, including best director for Alfonso Cuaron. It was by far the biggest winner of the night. Other awards it notched were for sound mixing, visual rffects, original score, sound editing, cinematography and editing.

“American Hustle”? Nothing to show for its 10 nominations: The caper film that everyone agreed was kinda overrated walked away with zero wins, even though most of its cast was nominated for acting awards. Academy favorite director David O. Russell lost to Cuaron for directing, and Spike Jonze (“Her”) for original screenplay.

* There were virtually zero differences between the Golden Globes and the other award shows this season. “12 Years a Slave” for best picture? Yes. Matthew McConaughey over Leonardo DiCaprio for best actor? Check. Cate Blanchett over Amy Adams for best actress? Mmhmmm. Jared Leto for best supporting actor? Yep. Okay, Lupita Nyong’o won out over Jennifer Lawrence for supporting actress, but otherwise, the winners were the exact same as the Globes, SAG Awards, etc. Is it time to stop pretending they’re not an identical predictor of award season?

* “12 Years a Slave” had a big night, too. With the second-most nominations (nine), the slavery epic didn’t sweep the awards, but scored some of the most important trophies in the big categories: best picture, along with an adapted screenplay win for John Ridley.

* Ellen DeGeneres was definitely the anti-Seth MacFarlane. The “Family Guy” creator freaked out a lot of Academy members last year with original song “I Saw Your Boobs” and his other frat boy jokes during his hosting stint. Things couldn’t have been more different with low-key Ellen: The seasoned talk show host lobbed some friendly jabs at nominees (though some were angry about her Liza Minnelli joke) and had actual pizzas delivered during the ceremony. Plus, she got the nominees together for a “we’re all a big happy family!” selfie, which broke records for retweets on Twitter.

Her selfie with Liza Minnelli was decidedly less fun:


* No, Cate Blanchett didn’t say anything controversial about Woody Allen. While accepting her best actress win, she didn’t comment on the firestorm surrounding Allen in the last few months — but she did thank him for writing the “Blue Jasmine” screenplay.

* Yes, Matthew McConaughey said “alright, alright, alright” in his  speech for Best Actor. And this time he threw in a “just keep livin’.”

* Best acceptance speech? Probably Lupita Nyong’o: Read the emotional transcript here.

* Robert Lopez EGOT-ed. With his victory for Best Original Song for “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” Robert Lopez has just become the 12th showbiz professional to win an Emmy, Grammy, Tony, and after tonight’s victory for Best Original Song, an Oscar. It’s a very prestigious club, which includes Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Moreno and Mel Brooks — and possibly Tracy Jordan of “30 Rock.” (Lopez, whose co-writer for the song was his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, also broke into song on stage.)

* Weird things that happened and trended on Twitter: John Travolta couldn’t pronounce “Idina Menzel” when introducing her when she performed the song from “Frozen” (Adela Danzeen?); Jared Leto’s glorious hair; Jennifer Lawrence fell down again.

* “The Great Gatsby” had a solid showing. All the Leonardo DiCaprio talk was about “The Wolf of Wall Street,” but “Gatsby” landed awards for best costumes and best production design.

* Spike Jonze won for original screenplay for “Her.” The Joaquin Phoenix-falls-in-love-with-his-computer drama story won out over “American Hustle” (Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell), “Blue Jasmine” (Woody Allen), etc.

*”Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” was nominated for Makeup and Hairstyling, but it did not win. That honor went to “Dallas Buyers Club.”

* Pharrell Williams (nominated for Best Original Song for “Despicable Me 2’s” “Happy”) wore shorts on the red carpet. Enough said.

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Full list of nominees and winners:


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


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


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”


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


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”**


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


“Before Midnight,” Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
“Captain Phillips,” Billy Ray
“Philomena,” Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
“12 Years a Slave,” John Ridley
“The Wolf of Wall Street,” Terence Winter


“American Hustle,” Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
“Blue Jasmine,” Woody Allen
“Dallas Buyers Club,” Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack
“Her,” Spike Jonze“

“Nebraska,” Bob Nelson


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


“The Broken Circle Breakdown”**
“The Great Beauty”
“The Hunt”
“The Missing Picture”


“The Grandmaster,” Philippe Le Sourd
“Gravity,” Emmanuel Lubezki
“Inside Llewyn Davis,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Nebraska,” Phedon Papamichael
“Prisoners,” Roger A. Deakins


“American Hustle,” Michael Wilkinson
“The Grandmaster,” William Chang Suk Ping
“The Great Gatsby,” Catherine Martin
“The Invisible Woman,” Michael O’Connor
“12 Years a Slave,” Patricia Norris


“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest & Celestine”
“The Wind Rises”


“American Hustle,” Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
“Captain Phillips,” Christopher Rouse
“Dallas Buyers Club,” John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
“Gravity,” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
“12 Years a Slave,” Joe Walker


“Dallas Buyers Club,” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” Stephen Prouty
“The Lone Ranger,” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny


“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2” music and lyrics by Pharrell Williams
“Let It Go” from “Frozen,” music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“The Moon Song” from “Her,” music by Karen O; lyrics by Karen O and Spike Jonze
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, lyrics by Paul Hewson


“The Book Thief,” John Williams
“Gravity,” Stephen Price
“Her,” William Butler and Owen Pallett
“Philomena,” Alexandre Desplat
“Saving Mr. Banks,” Thomas Newman


“American Hustle,” production design: Judy Becker; set decoration: Heather Loeffler
“Gravity,” production design: Andy Nicholson; set decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
“The Great Gatsby,” production design: Catherine Martin; set decoration: Beverley Dunn
“Her,” production design: K.K. Barrett; set decoration: Gene Serdena
“12 Years a Slave,” production design: Adam Stockhausen; set decoration: Alice Baker.


“All Is Lost,” Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
“Captain Phillips,” Oliver Tarney
“Gravity,” Glenn Freemantle
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Brent Burge and Chris Ward
“Lone Survivor,” Wylie Stateman


“Captain Phillips,” Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
“Gravity,” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
“Inside Llewyn Davis,” Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
“Lone Survivor,” Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow


“Gravity,” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk and Neil Corbould
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
“Iron Man 3,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
“The Lone Ranger,” Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
“Star Trek Into Darkness,” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton


“Get a Horse!”**
“Mr. Hublot”
“Room on the Broom”


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


“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”

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.



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