Los Angeles (AFP) - 04:55 GMT - Best Picture - Will Smith introduces the nine nominees for best picturee, and the winner is "12 Years A Slave". Directed by Steve McQueen, the film was nominated for nine Oscars tonight. Lupita Nyong'o won best supporting actress for her role in "12 Years," and the film took home the prize for adapted screenplay as well. Based on a true story, "12 Years A Slave" stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free African-American man in the 19th century who was kidnapped and forced into slavery. It won the Bafta award for Best Film and the best drama Golden Globe award this year.
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas accept the award. This is the fifth Academy Award nomination and first win for Pitt. This is the second Academy Award nomination for Gardner, and the first nomination for both Katagas and Kleiner. Including his nomination this year for the directing award, this is the second Oscar nomination for director McQueen and his first win.
This is the first time a black director's film has taken the top Oscar. 04:48 GMT - Best Actor - Jennifer Lawrence, best actress winner last year, comes on to present the best actor award. The Oscar goes to Matthew McConaughey for "Dallas Buyers Club." This is his first Academy Award nomination and win. McConaughey won a Golden Globe for his performance as well.In "Dallas Buyers Club" he plays Ron Woodroof, a rodeo cowboy who learns he is HIV-positive. Determined to survive, Woodroof organizes an illicit trade in a drug cocktail that shows signs of slowing the virus's progress.
A tearful McConaughey thanks God, the Academy, his fellow nominees and their "impeccable" performances, co-stars Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, and the film's director Jean-Marc Vallee before finishing with his trademark line from Dazed And Confused, "alright, alright, alright'. 04:41 GMT - Best Actress - Daniel Day-Lewis comes on to present best actress. And the winner is - no surprises here - Cate Blanchett for "Blue Jasmine".This is her second Oscar and sixth nomination. She previously won the award for best supporting actress for "The Aviator" in 2004.
She thanks Woody Allen for the screenplay and "for casting me" in it and reminds those who think female-led films are a niche market, "they are not. Audiences want to see them and they earn money."04:33 GMT - Best Director - Angelina Jolie and Sidney Poitier enter to another standing ovation. The pair hug before presenting the Oscar for best director.
The prize goes to Alfonso Cuaron for "Gravity." This is the sixth nomination for the Mexican director, also nominated for two other awards tonight. With his win tonight for film editing, this is Cuaron's second Oscar.The 52-year-old film maker says the lengthy making of the film was a transformative experience for those involved; for him, that meant the color of his hair."I want to share this with all of the people who made this happen," Cuaron says. "My amazing son and co-writer, Jonas Cuaron. Sandra Bullock. Sandy, you're "Gravity." You are the soul, heart of the film."
"Gravity" received 10 nominations overall, and this is the seventh win for the film tonight.04:26 GMT - Best Original Screenplay - The award for best original screenplay goes to Spike Jonze for "Her".This is his first Oscar, he also won the Golden Globe for best screenplay this year. The film received five nominations overall.