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Oscars 2014: Top 10 moments from Academy Awards

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Director Steve McQueen, left, congratulates Lupita Nyong'o on her win for best actress in a supporting role for "12 Years a Slave" as her brother Peter, background from left, and actors John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, look on, during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo: John Shearer, Invision/AP)



(USA TODAY) The 86th Academy Awards honors the best in film. USA TODAY Network brings you the best moments of the night.

1. Big winners

Gravity went into the night tied with a leading 10 nominations with American Hustle - which was ultimately shut out - and Gravity won seven, including original score and cinematography.

MORE: Huge night for '12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity'

Among the big Oscar winners were:

Best picture: 12 Years a Slave

LIST: All the Oscar winners

Best actor: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best actress: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Best supporting actor: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

BACKSTAGE: Drama, comedy, action moments

Best supporting actress: Lupita N'yongo (12 Years a Slave)

2. Stars shine on the red carpet

Among the most-anticipated looks was Lupita Nyong'o, who continued her sartorial winning streak in a light-blue Prada gown.

Anna Kendrick pulled an Angelina Jolie, wearing a dress with a thigh-high slit. Olivia Wilde and Kerry Washington stylishly dressed up their baby bumps.

Other buzzed-about looks: Liza Minnelli matched her cobalt blue pants suit with astreak of blue in her hair. Pharrell Williams showed up on the red carpet in tuxedo shorts.

3. Powerful acceptance speeches

In accepting the award for best supporting actor, Leto thanked his mother, a teenage high school dropout and single mom from Louisiana.

Leto also used his speech to acknowledge struggles in other countries. "To all of the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight, in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say, 'we are here,'" Leto said.

A teary Nyong'o said of her Oscar-winning supporting actress role in 12 Years a Slave, "It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else's."

4. Ellen as host

DeGeneres returned for a second time hosting the Oscars, after her first stint in 2007. Among her best lines from the night:

  • "Things are so different now. Last time, for instance, when I was here Cate Blanchett was nominated, Meryl Streep was nominated, Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated, Martin Scorsese was nominated. So different."
  • "Possibility number one: 12 Years A Slave wins best picture. Possibility number two: you're all racists."

5. J-Law trips (again)

Jennifer Lawrence tripped over a cone on the red carpetreminiscent of her tumble last year as she climbed the stage to accept the Oscar. During her opening monologue, DeGeneres called out Lawrence for falling and said, "If you win tonight, I think we should bring you the Oscar."

Lawrence is a troublemaker too. She jokingly tried to steal Nyong'o's Oscar backstage.

6. Pharrell dancing with the stars

During the performance of his hit song Happy, Williams stepped off stage and danced with some stars in the front row, including N'yongo, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.

In a single selfie photo: DeGeneres, Streep, Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Jolie, N'yongo and Kevin Spacey. DeGeneres tweeted: "Best photo ever. #oscars." It became the most retweeted tweet ever and Twitter briefly crashed.

8. A big slice

"I have this crazy idea that I will order pizza," DeGeneres said, asking if anyone was hungry. "Two large, what'd you think?" DeGeneres had the pizza delivered and handed out slices to the people in the audience.

9. Pronunciation flub

John Travolta had the job of introducing Idina Menzel, who sang Let it Go from Frozen. Unfortunately, what came out sounded more like "Adele Nazim." The song won an Oscar for best original song.

10. That's not Salma!

The Oscars' official Instagram account posted a picture of best screenplay presenters Penelope Cruz and Robert De Niro, but identified Cruz as "Hayek." Sorry, that's not Salma Hayek. The Instagram post was taken down, but not before tweeters pointed out the mistake.

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