Our highlights from the Oscars 2014

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From big wins to breaking a Twitter record, Hollywood rendered one of the most memorable Oscars evening ever! As could be expected, talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres managed to set a jovial tone to the night’s program. She had the audience in stitches and even participated in a selfie (with Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt and other big stars), which disrupted Twitter’s service for 20 minutes, by the record-setting one million retweets (and still counting) of the picture. Picture credit: Instagram The night got upbeat when Pharrell Williams performed his song “Happy” which got him dancing with Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Darlene Love stole the show when she sang her acceptance speech for the film “20 Feet From Stardom’s win for Best Documentary. Darlene was one of several back-up singers featured on the film. She has backed up well-known musicians such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin. Top honours were given to “12 Years of Slave” for winning Best Picture and Best-adapted Screenplay. It is the first film directed by a black filmmaker to win Best Picture! Our highlight of course, was the lovely Lupita Nyong’o, who delivered a touching tribute when she won Best Supporting Actress, her very first Oscar win! “Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. 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. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own… When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid,” said the Kenyan actress. Picture credit: Wireimage.com “Gravity” stole the most wins, taking seven academy awards home, from Best Director to Best Original Score. Cate Blanchett took Best Actress for “Blue Jasmine”, while Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took Best actor and Best Supporting Actor (respectively) for “Dallas Buyers Club.” On the red carpet Shimmering nude and pale colours seemed to be the reigning fashion theme of the evening. Jenna Dewan-Tatum sparkled in a Reema Acra feather dress. Who would have thought that Channing Tatum’s lady gave birth to their first child less than a year ago? Another celeb to join the trend was Kate Hudson who donned a jaw-dropping silver Atelier Versace gown. Our favourite girl, Lupita Nyong’o won best dressed (about time!), having worn a baby blue Grecian gown by Prada, accessorising it with a crystal hairband. "It's a blue that reminds me of Nairobi," said Lupita, "so I want to have a little bit of home." Going against the fashion grain, Jennifer Lawrence sizzled in a fitted strapless Dior gown with peplum detail. Her bold choice was topped with a $2 million diamond back necklace. Adding to the Best Dressed list, Angelina Jolie traded her usual black and white outfits for a stunning Elie Saab Couture gown. Jada Pinkett Smith looked sexy in a custom light pink Versace that hugged her body in all the right places.

Picture credit: Wireimage.com

Picture credit: Wireimage.com

Picture credit: Wireimage.com

Picture credit: Wireimage.com

Picture credit: Wireimage.com   Picture credit: Wireimage.com Who do you think looked gorgeous on the red carpet? Here is the complete list of winners: Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave" Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club" Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave" Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity" Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyer's Club" Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine" Best Original Screenplay: "Her" Best Adapted Screenplay: "12 Years a Slave" Best Animated Feature: "Frozen" Best Foreign Feature: "The Great Beauty," Italy Best Visual Effects: "Gravity" Best Cinematography: "Gravity" Best Costume Design: "The Great Gatsby" Best Documentary Feature: "20 Feet from Stardom" Best Documentary Short: "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life" Best Film Editing: "Gravity" Best Makeup and Hairstyling: "Dallas Buyers Club" Best Music (Original Score): "Gravity" Best Music (Original Song): "Let It Go" from "Frozen" Best Production Design: "The Great Gatsby" Best Short Film, Animated: "Mr. Hublot" Best Short Film, Live Action: "Helium" Best Sound Editing: "Gravity" Best Sound Mixing: "Gravity"

By Abigail Javier

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