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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Academy Awards has both made history — and atoned for its own history — with last night's naming of "12 Years a Slave" as best picture. The movie makes history as the first best-picture winner directed by a black filmmaker. The multiple nominations that went to the Steve McQueen film based on Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir has also been seen as a counterpoint to Hollywood's blindness to the slave industry in America. The gritty tale of the seamier side of the practice of putting fellow humans in bondage has received acclaim that had been reserved by whitewashed tales of slavery and its effects, like "Gone With the Wind," which won for best-picture in 1940. McQueen dedicated the award to those past and present who have endured slavery.



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Michael Weinfeld, AP entertainment editor

"Gravity" won seven Oscars, but as we hear from AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld, another film was the big winner.

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Steve McQueen, director, best picture winner "12 Years A Slave"

Steve McQueen says he was jumping up and down on stage because he was excited that his movie won best picture.

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Steve McQueen, director, best picture winner "12 Years A Slave"

Steve McQueen was asked what he'd tell aspiring black filmmakers who might be inspired by him becoming the first black director to win best picture.

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Will Smith, announcing the winner of the best picture Oscar

Here's Will Smith, announcing the winner of the best picture Oscar. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Steve McQueen, producer-director of "12 Years A Slave," accepting best picture Oscar

Steve McQueen says slavery must be seen as something more than just history. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Brad Pitt, producer, accepting best picture Oscar for "12 Years a Slave"

Brad Pitt says the director of "12 Years a Slave" is the man behind the Oscar winning movie. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lupita Nyong'o (loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YONG'-goh) says she isn't blind to the fact that "so much joy" in her life is "thanks to so much pain in someone else's." The actress eloquently gave a nod to victims of slavery past and present when she accepted her Oscar for her role as Patsey in "12 Years a Slave." During her acceptance speech, she also thanked director Steve McQueen — saying that those who suffered under slavery would be grateful for his work — and that she is, too. Nyong'o wore a flowing blue dress to the Academy Awards ceremony, saying it reminded her of her home country in Africa, Nairobi. She's 31 — and her role in "12 Years" is the first time she has been in a feature film.



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Lupita Nyong'o (loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YONG'-goh), accepting best supporting actress Oscar

Lupita Nyong'o honors the memory of the slave she played in "12 Years A Slave" COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))


LOS ANGELES (AP) — He may have won the Oscar, but John Ridley says the real prize belongs to Solomon Northup — the man whose 1853 memoir provides the story for "12 Years a Slave." In accepting his award, Ridley shifted the praise to Northup saying: "Those are his words. That is his life." Spike Jonze took best original screenplay for "Her."


LOS ANGELES (AP) — There was no denying the power of "Gravity" at the Oscars. It ended up with seven trophies on the night — including a big prize: best director, which went to Alfonso Cuaron. The Mexican-born filmmaker becomes the first Latino winner to win best director. Cuaron spent years making the film and crafting the visual effects for the lost-in-space drama. Praising his star Sandra Bullock, Cuaron said of her: "You ARE Gravity." The film won for a bunch of technical categories like cinematography and visual effects as well as sound mixing, sound editing and film editing.



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Alfonso Cuaron, accepting best director Oscar for "Gravity"

Alfonso Cuaron notes it took years to bring "Gravity" to the screen. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Alfonso Cuaron (kwah-ROHN'), winner, best director, best film editing for "Gravity"

Alfonso Cuaron was asked how it felt to be holding an Oscar in each hand.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — It seems to happen to one film each Oscar year — lots of nominations going in, but no hardware going home. This year's heartbreak belongs to those involved in "American Hustle." It went up with no wins, despite tying with "Gravity" for most nominations. Best actor went to Matthew McConaughey, for his work in "Dallas Buyers Club" and Cate Blanchett for "Blue Jasmine. The best supporting actor win goes to Jared Leto for "Dallas Buyers Club," Lupita Nyong'o takes the supporting actress award for "12 Years a Slave."



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Cate Blanchett, accepting best actress Oscar for "Blue Jasmine."

Cate Blanchett says the success of "Blue Jasmine" and the films of her fellow nominees should send a message to Hollywood. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Matthew McConaughey, accepting best actor Oscar for "Dallas Buyers Club"

Matthew McConaughey uses his signature line to accept his best actor Oscar. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Oscar is one of the most coveted awards there is. And when he won his for best supporting actor, Jared Leto made sure that some who coveted the award got to indulge themselves. When he got backstage to meet with reporters, Leto passed around his Oscar — urging them to take pictures with it and "fondle" it. Some reporters had to be scolded by the Academy press handlers for taking photos in the interview room — even if invited to do so by Leto. The actor also wasn't shy about sharing his plans to celebrate, vowing: "I will revel tonight."



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Michael Weinfeld, AP entertainment editor

Two actors from "Dallas Buyers Club" are first-time Oscar-winners. AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld tells us that one of them gave him and other reporters backstage a real thrill.

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Jared Leto, accepting best supporting actor Oscar

Jared Leto has a message for the "dreamers" in Venezuela and Ukraine. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres didn't have people falling out of their seats laughing at her jokes — but didn't have them reaching for their remotes to escape crude jokes — like many did when Seth McFarlane hosted the Oscars last year. So, it safe to say her second go-round at hosting the Oscars may not be her last. In her opening monologue, she summed up the dilemma faced by the Academy, saying either "12 Years a Slave" would win best picture, or that the members of the Academy are "all racists." In her opening, DeGeneres gently mocked Hollywood's obsession with its good weather. She deadpanned: "It has been raining. We're fine. Thank you for your prayers."

In other jokes, she had pizza delivered — and got a group of stars to do a selfie with her. It ended up being re-tweeted more than 2 million times and momentarily crashed Twitter.



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Ellen DeGeneres, host

Host Ellen DeGeneres opens the ceremony with a dig at her fellow stars. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Ellen DeGeneres, host

Host Ellen DeGeneres hits up Sandra Bullock and producer Harvey Weinstein to help tip the pizza delivery man. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Ellen DeGeneres, taking a selfie

Host Ellen DeGeneres taking a selfie with stars in the Oscar audience. COURTESY: A.M.P.A.S. ((mandatory on-air credit))


LOS ANGELES (AP) — After burn? Will Smith and his son Jaden are feeling a little sting after their movie "After Earth" earned them Razzies. The younger Smith was picked as worst actor in the sci-fi bomb about a father and son stranded on an untamed earth. Dad got the worst supporting actor "win." The pair was also picked as worst screen combo in an online vote of Razzies followers. Razzies organizer John Wilson noted the pair was "stranded on Planet Nepotism." ''Movie 43" tied for most prizes with 3 awards. Tyler Perry was picked as worst actress for "A Madea Christmas," while Kim Kardashian was designated worst supporting actress for her role in the drama "Tyler Perry's Temptation."


NEW YORK (AP) — Philip Seymour Hoffman died from taking a combination of heroin, cocaine and other drugs. That's the word from the New York City medical examiner — who released results of drug tests on Friday. Addictions specialists say the toxic mix of drugs in Hoffman's system is not uncommon in tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the U.S. each year. Hoffman was 46. He was found early last month with a needle in his arm on the floor of his Manhattan apartment. Aside from the heroin he had taken, the actor also had amphetamines and benzodiazepines in his system. His death was ruled accidental. Hoffman was among the late Hollywood stars featured in last night's "In Memoriam" segment on the Oscar telecast.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Non-Stop" -- to the top. Liam Neeson's airline thriller "Non-Stop" opens at number-one this weekend. Neeson plays an air marshal -- in the film that takes in $30 million dollars. "Son of God" opens in a close second. "The Lego Movie" drops to third this weekend. But The Lego Movie is closing in on the $210 million mark. "The Monuments Men" clocks in at number-four, followed by "3 Days to Kill."



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Jamie Friar

"Non-Stop" -- to the top. The AP's Jamie Friar has the weekend box office results. ((opens with sound))

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Jamie Friar

A new number-one at you local theater this weekend. The AP's Jamie Friar takes a look at the weekend box office figures.

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Sound of excerpt from "Non-Stop"

Sound of excerpt from "Non-Stop," which was tops at the weekend box office.


NEW YORK (AP) — The new guy was manning the "Weekend Update" desk on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. Colin Jost (johst) is the show's head writer. He takes over the Weekend Update spot from Seth Meyers, who now hosts "Late Night." Before getting into the gags on SNL with co-anchor Cecily Strong, Jost said the new gig is "a dream come true."



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Colin Jost (johst)

"Saturday Night Live" head writer Colin Jost made his first appearance as co-anchor on the show's spoof newscast "Weekend Update." COURTESY: NBC's "Saturday Night Live" ((mandatory on-aitr credit))

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Colin Jost (johst)

"Saturday Night Live" head writer Colin Jost becomes the new co-anchor on the show's spoof newscast "Weekend Update," reading a story about Pop Tarts. COURTESY: NBC's "Saturday Night Live" ((mandatory on-aitr credit))

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sound of the lead-in to Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update"

This is the sound of an announcer lead-in to Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" as the show's head writer made his first appearance as a co-anchor on the spoof newscast. COURTESY: NBC's "Saturday Night Live" ((mandatory on-aitr credit))

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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