Academy Awards winners 2013 Movies

2013 Academy Awards® Winners and History

The winner is listed first, in CAPITAL letters.

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHY in "Dallas Buyers Club, " Christian Bale in "American Hustle, " Bruce Dern in "Nebraska, " Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street, " Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave"
CATE BLANCHETT in "Blue Jasmine, " Amy Adams in "American Hustle, " Sandra Bullock in "Gravity, " Judi Dench in "Philomena, " Meryl Streep in "August: Osage County"
Supporting Actor:
JARED LETO in "Dallas Buyers Club, "Barkhad Abdi in "Captain Phillips, " Bradley Cooper in "American Hustle, " Michael Fassbender in "12 Years a Slave, " Jonah Hill in "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Supporting Actress:
LUPITA NYONG'O in "12 Years a Slave, " Sally Hawkins in "Blue Jasmine, " Jennifer Lawrence in "American Hustle, " Julia Roberts in "August: Osage County, " June Squibb in "Nebraska"
ALFONSO CUARON for "Gravity, " Steve McQueen for "12 Years a Slave, " Alexander Payne for "Nebraska, " David O. Russell for "American Hustle, " Martin Scorsese for "The Wolf of Wall Street"

American Hustle (2013) It must be noted that almost all of the most financially-successful (non-animated) films of the year, including The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Iron Man 3 (1 nom), Man of Steel, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (3 noms), Fast & Furious 6, Oz the Great and Powerful, Star Trek Into Darkness (1 nom), and Thor: The Dark World, were no-shows for a Best Picture nod, or for any Oscars. They also received a minor number of nominations (with no wins) in all of the other categories.

The 2013 Oscars race was one of the most heated and unpredictable in recent memory - with three films leading and facing off against all of the other contenders. According to Academy rules, nine films were the # 1 choice of at least 5 percent of Academy voters. Two-thirds (six) of the nine Best Picture nominees were based on true stories about real people and events. At the time of the awards, the nine films had earned a combined $790.7 million (domestic), much less when compared to a total gross of over $1 billion for last year's nine nominees.

The Best Picture winner was director Steve McQueen's modestly-budgeted 12 Years a Slave (with 9 nominations and three wins, also Best Adapted Screenplay by John Ridley and Best Supporting Actress). It was a gripping survival tale (and true story with a harrowing depiction of slavery) of freed black man/musician Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) from Sarasota, NY, who was kidnapped and sold into bondage in the 1840s (recounted in his 1853 memoir). It marked the first time a film directed by a black filmmaker had won Best Picture, although McQueen did not win Best Director. It was also only the fifth highest-grossing film among the nine Best Picture nominees at only $50 million (domestic revenue). [Note: only 20 other Best Picture winners in Oscars history have claimed three or fewer Oscars (e.g., 12 with 3 Oscars, 5 with 2 Oscars, and 3 with only 1 Oscar). It matched the most recent Best Pictures Argo (2012) and Crash (2005) with only three total wins. And Ridley's scriptwriting win was only the second time the screenplay Oscar was given to a black writer. The first was Geoffrey Fletcher for Precious (2009).]

The film with the most wins was Gravity (with 10 nominations, and seven wins (mostly technical) including Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, and Best Director). Only one other Best Picture-nominated film has won more Oscar awards without winning Best Picture - Cabaret (1972) with 8 wins. Director and co-writer Alfonso Cuarón's and Warner Bros.' stunning drama and outer-space survival tale told about stranded astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney). [Note: It was the 6th film in Academy history released predominately in 3D to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination. It was also the 5th film in Oscar history to score Oscar nominations in all seven technical Oscar categories. It was by far the highest-grossing blockbuster...

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