’12 Years a Slave’ named best picture, ‘Gravity’ wins seven Oscars including best director

Gravity won big tonight at the Oscars, as Alfonso Cuarón’s space drama took home seven awards including best director — but it was 12 Years a Slave that won the highest honor of the evening. Going into the Oscars, the two films that seemed to be in the strongest position were Gravity and Steve McQueen’s drama, with 10 and nine nominations each, respectively. But the Matthew McConaughey drama Dallas Buyers Club was the film that got off to the quick start, with Jared Leto taking home the award for best supporting actor while the film also snagged best make-up.

Gravity first made a statement in the technical categories, picking up awards for best visual effects, best sound editing, and best sound mixing. The roll continued as Gravity…

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