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Cate Blanchett wins best actress Oscar

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Australian Cate Blanchett won the best actress Oscar on Sunday for her role as a socialite who suffers a breakdown in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." The win is Blanchett's second Academy Award. The 44-year-old was favored to win this year's prize after picking up Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA awards earlier this year. (Reporting by Nichola Groom; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Alfonso Cuaron wins best director Oscar for 'Gravity'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron won the Oscar for best director on Sunday for the space thriller, "Gravity," in which an astronaut fights for her survival after being cut loose from her space shuttle. It was the first Academy Award for Cuaron, 52, and the first best director Oscar for a Mexican. His 3-D film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney mixes dazzling special effects, suspense and human drama.

Matthew McConaughey: from sexy rom-com king to Oscars glory

Matthew McConaughey, crowned best actor at Sunday's Academy Awards, is a one-time Sexiest Man Alive who swapped rom-coms for more testing roles to finally strike Oscars gold at the age of 44. The Texas native -- who shed about 45 pounds (about 20 kilos) from his famously chiseled physique to play an HIV-positive AIDS activist in "Dallas Buyers Club" -- won Hollywood's top honor on his very first nomination.

Matthew McConaughey: from sexy rom-com king to Oscars glory

Matthew McConaughey, crowned best actor at Sunday's Academy Awards, is a one-time Sexiest Man Alive who swapped rom-coms for more testing roles to finally strike Oscars gold at the age of 44. The Texas native -- who shed about 45 pounds (about 20 kilos) from his famously chiseled physique to play an HIV-positive AIDS activist in "Dallas Buyers Club" -- won Hollywood's top honor on his very first nomination.

'12 Years a Slave': violent, raw historical drama

"12 Years a Slave,' which on Sunday won the Oscar for best picture, depicts with harrowing realism the true story of a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery before the US Civil War. In bringing the story of Solomon Northup to the silver screen, British director Steve McQueen offered a radically different take on slavery than recent films handling the topic, like Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" and Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln."

Key quotes from Oscars night

The following is a list of key quotes from the 86th Academy Awards held Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood: FACING A PAINFUL PAST, AND PRESENT "I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today." -- Director Steve McQueen, on accepting the best picture Oscar for his epic "12 Years a Slave." INSPIRATION FROM ABOVE

Ellen DeGeneres brings pizza and deadpan affability to Oscars

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedienne and talk show star Ellen DeGeneres returned as Oscar host on Sunday, bringing her deadpan affability, and free pizza, to the 86th Academy Awards show while still poking fun at Hollywood royalty. In a back-to-basics approach to a live, 3 1/2-hour telecast that largely eschewed sophisticated clip montages and lavish song-and-dance productions, DeGeneres displayed her flair for playing informality for laughs.

Oscars win caps Blanchett's triumphant film return

It took Woody Allen to lure Australian star Cate Blanchett back to the silver screen, but her Oscar-winning turn as a disgraced New York socialite initially left the legendary director cold. Blanchett, 44, on Sunday took home the best actress Oscar for Allen's "Blue Jasmine" -- her second Academy Award in a decade. "I'm so very proud that 'Blue Jasmine' stayed in the cinemas for as long as it did," she said as she accepted her award, adding it was especially poignant to win this year given the "extraordinary performances by women."

'Slave,' Gravity' big winners at Oscars

Harrowing historical drama "12 Years a Slave" was crowned best picture Oscar on Sunday, while 3D space thriller "Gravity" was the top prize winner at the 86th Academy Awards with seven. True-life AIDS activist drama "Dallas Buyers Club" won three Oscars including best actor for Matthew McConaughey, while Australia's Cate Blanchett won best actress for Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." But 1970s crime caper "American Hustle" and Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" went home empty-handed from the Oscars, the climax of Hollywood's annual awards season.

'American Hustle' in Oscars shutout

Crime caper "American Hustle" suffered one of the worst shutouts in Oscars history on Sunday after failing to win any awards despite its 10 nominations. The drama had received broadly favorable reviews and had led the field in terms of nods along with eventual best picture winner "12 Years A Slave" heading into Sunday's Academy Awards. As well as a nomination for best picture, the movie had also earned nods for director David O. Russell as well as for actors Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.
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