This past Sunday, the 86th Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The culmination of awards season, the Academy Awards are an exciting night full of glitz, glam, tears and lots of golden statues. This year, host Ellen DeGeneres brought laughs to audiences watching in the theater and at home with a long-running pizza bit that resulted in pizza actually being delivered to the celebrities in attendance, and a star-studded selfie  that broke Twitter. Movie montages of the heroes, both real and imaginary, that have come from movies, a celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz , and a moving In Memoriam helped round out the celebration of film.
Although the big winners at this year’s Oscar ceremony weren’t overly surprising, some of them were momentous. With his win as part of the husband-wife team behind Frozen’s  hit song “Let It Go,” Robert Lopez became the twelfth and youngest (at 38 years old) member of the EGOT club. His previous wins include a Grammy and Tonys for the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon , as well as Emmys for the children’s cartoon, The Wonder Pets .
With his win for the movie Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón became the first Mexican to win in the Director category. Shortly after, Steve McQueen became the first black man to receive a Best Picture Oscar, with his win for the movie 12 Years a Slave. And although Cate Blanchett’s win was expected, she did use her speech to highlight the fact that movies starring women, are just as necessary and successful as those starring men. It is hoped that these wins signal change and growing diversity both within the Academy and in the film industry as a whole.
Personally, I was most excited to see Matthew McConaughey, whose career I have followed for years, and Jared Leto win in their categories. Did your favorite win at the Oscars? Let me know in the comments!
Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Director: Alfonso Cuarón in Gravity
Actor: Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Supporting Actor: Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club
Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave
Documentary Feature: 20 Feet from Stardom 
Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty from Italy
Animated Feature Film: Frozen 
Song: “Let It Go” in Frozen 
Score: Steven Price, Gravity
Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her
Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Visit the official Academy Awards website  for a complete list of winners.