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The winners of t he 2014 Oscars lef t us wit h well-t hought out speeches and inspirat ion. T his year had an incredible set of nominated movies and actors. So it wasn't a surprise that pretty much anyone who came on stage had something memorable to say! From Lupita Nyong'o to Matthew McConaughey, we were lef t begging f or more. Check out the list of those who won big at the f inale of Hollywood's award season.

5 Best Acceptance Speeches 1. For the f irst award of the night, Jared Leto stopped the show. He accepted his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor f or his heartwarming perf ormance in Dallas Buyers Club. T hanks were given to everyone f rom his mother, brother and band mates (30 Seconds to Mars), to anyone pursuing a dream. With his mother in the audience, he shared his admiration f or her strength and also took a moment to recognize what is happening elsewhere in the world. "To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here, and as you struggle to make your dreams happen and live the impossible, we are thinking of you tonight." T his was one of the most thoughtprovoking and memorable speeches of the evening - and it was the f irst! Leto said it all with ease, heart, and the f ull attention of all who were listening. 2. Lupita Nyong'o lef t her f irst Oscars ever with a win f or her outstanding breakout perf ormance in 12 Years a Slave. She held back tears of excitement as she thanked her f ellow cast mates and all that made the f ilm what it is today. As the f ilm is based on a true story and her character's story came f rom an actual person, she took a moment to ref lect on what her award meant. "It doesn't escape me f or one moment that so much joy in my lif e is due to so


much pain in someone else's." She rounded up her speech with inspiration that seemed to be the theme of the show: "No matter where you're f rom, your dreams are valid." 3. Cate Blanchett won Best Actress in a Leading Role f or Blue Jasmine and used her speech to praise the other wonderf ul nominees. She expressed how she was blown away by the amazing perf ormances that have been portrayed by women in the past year. She went on to say that even though there are people out there "who are still f oolishly clinging to the idea that f emale f ilms with women at the center are niche experiences. T hey are not. Audiences want to see them, and in f act, they earn money." Well said, Cate! 4. Matthew McConaughey accepted Best Actor in a Leading Role f or Dallas Buyers Club and explained that he lives his lif e by needing three things: someone to look up to (God), something to look f orward to (his f amily), and someone to chase (whoever he can become in ten years). He lef t the audience with an "amen," a classic "alright, alright, alright," and a "keep on livin'." 5. Best Picture went to 12 Years a Slave and made history by becoming the f irst f ilm by a black director to win the highest award f rom the Academy. Director Steve McQueen thanked all who were involved in the f ilm as well as the memory of Solomon Northup, who the story was based on. "Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live, this is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup."

86th Academy Awards Winners Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role : Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role : Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role : Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role : Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave Best Animated Feature Film: Frozen Best Cinematography: Gravity Best Costume Design: The Great Gatsby Best Directing: Alf onso Cuaron, Gravity Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave Best Original Screenplay: Her Best Documentary Feature: 20 Feet from Stardom Best Documentary Short Subject: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life Best Film Editing: Gravity Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty Best Makeup and Hair Style: Dallas Buyers Club


Best Original Score: Gravity Best Original Song: "Let it Go," Frozen Best Production Design: The Great GatsbypBest Animated Short Film: Mr. Hublot Best Live Action Short Film: Helium Best Sound Editing: Gravity Best Sound Mixing: Gravity Best Visual Effects: Gravity Photo Credit: Instagram


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