Ellen, Awards, and Hollywood Selfies: Highlights of the 2014 Oscars

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The votes are in and the statues handed out, and as Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres predicted at the start of the program, “Different possibilities. Possibility number one: 12 Years a Slave wins best picture. Possibility number two: You’re all racists.” Way to give away the end, Ellen! The film 12 Years a Slave took home best picture, and actress Lupita Nyong’o took home Best Supporting Actress, saying that, “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else,” in reference to the sometimes brutal portrayal of slavery seen in the film, and endured by her character, Patsey.

Steve McQueen became the first black director to win best director for his film, dedicating the award to Solomon Northup and to “all the people who have endured slavery.” He didn’t let it bring the victory down too much though, and literally jumped for joy on stage with his thrilled members of the cast and crew. Some films on the other hand, did considerably worse in the competition — for example, American Hustle, which failed to bring home a single award despite its ten nominations.

Dallas Buyers Club took two awards, one for Best Supporting Actor — taken by Jared Leto — and one for Best Actor, by Matthew McConaughey. McConaughey, humbly bragging as only he can, said of his lead actor award for Dallas Buyers Club, “Every day, every week, every month and every year of my life my hero is always 10 years away. I’m never going to be my hero … that’s just fine with me because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing.” One can only hope he’ll retain such a self-deprecating view, or he may not be able to muster up the ambition for another win. He finished off with a “Amen,” and an “alright, alright, alright,” and a “Just keep livin’.”

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