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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.

'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.

Alfonso Cuaron wins best director Oscar for 'Gravity'

Mexican Alfonso Cuaron won the best director Oscar for 3D space drama "Gravity" on Sunday, as the 86th Academy Awards show drew towards its climax. Cuaron beat fellow nominees David O. Russell ("American Hustle"), Alexander Payne ("Nebraska"), Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street"). mt/sst

Winners at the 86th Academy Awards

Here are the winners announced so far at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday: Best supporting actor: Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club" Best supporting actress: Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave" Best animated feature: "Frozen" Best foreign language film: "The Great Beauty" (Italy) Best visual effects: "Gravity" Best film editing: "Gravity" Best cinematography: "Gravity" Best sound mixing: "Gravity" Best sound editing: "Gravity" Best costume design: "The Great Gatsby"

Leto first winner as curtain up on knife-edge Oscars

Jared Leto won the first Oscar on Sunday at the 86th Academy Awards show, as anticipation mounted over who would take home the coveted best picture prize on Hollywood's biggest night of the year. Harrowing historical drama "12 Years a Slave," 3D space thriller "Gravity" and 1970s crime caper "American Hustle" are hotly tipped to take the top prizes at the Oscars, the climax of Tinseltown's annual awards season.

86th Academy Awards show opens after hotly contested race

The 86th Academy Awards show kicked off Sunday, as Hollywood's finest gathered after one of the fiercest Oscars races in years, with no clear frontrunner for the coveted best picture prize. Harrowing historical drama "12 Years a Slave," 3D space thriller "Gravity" and 1970s crime caper "American Hustle" are hotly tipped to take the top prizes at the Oscars, the climax of Tinseltown's annual awards season.
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