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Biggest Winner: Gravity scooped seven Oscars last night. Many were for technical categories such as visual effects, sound editing, cinematography and editing - but it also made Alfonso Cuarón the first Latino ever to win the Best Director Oscar. When collecting his award, the Mexican director joked about how long the film had taken to complete, claiming that his hair had turned grey in the process.

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Craziest Speech: Many had predicted that Matthew McConaughey would win the best actor award for his role in Dallas Buyers' Club, and he did. Few would have guessed at his speech, in which he thanked three people - God, his dead father (who McConaughey imagined celebrating his son's win in heaven dressed only in his underwear, eating gumbo and drinking beer) and himself, in ten years time.

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Best Film: Went to Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave - as was predicted by host Ellen DeGeneres at the start of the film. She joked in her opening monologue that there were two possibilities, a Best Film Oscar win for 12 Years a Slave, or that the academy were all racists.

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Kate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine"
Kate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine"

Leading Lady: The Best Actress Oscar went to Cate Blanchett for her role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine and she took the opportunity to make a point about the amount of films with a female lead. She claimed that there were still some people "foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people."

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Biggest Upset: There weren't many, but arguable the biggest shock of the night came in the Best Documentary category, where the mind-blowing The Act Of Killing was beaten to the award by 20 feet from Stardom, a fairly tame film about back-up singers.

Supporting cast: The two Best Supporting Actor Oscars went to 12 Years a Slave's Lupita Nyong'o, and Dallas Buyers' Club's Jared Leto, respectively. Leto dedicated his award to all "the dreamers" in Venezuela and Ukraine.

So do you think all the right people won? Who missed out? And what was your favorite moment from the 86th annual Academy Awards?

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