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'12 Years a Slave' wins Best Picture Oscar

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Stars filled Hollywood Sunday night for the 86th Academy Awards.

Unlike the stormy hosting of Seth MacFarlane last year, this year's Oscar show with host Ellen DeGeneres had a deliberately safe vibe of cheery song-and-dance. The nimble and amiable DeGeneres returned the broadcast to more traditional territory.

Suspense built until the last possible minute for this year's biggest awards, and the Academy Award went to:

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After a blustery few days of torrential downpours, Hollywood appears ready for smooth sailing at the Academy Awards.
  
The 86th annual Oscars ceremony kicks off Sunday night from the Dolby Theatre. Unlike the stormy hosting of Seth MacFarlane last year, this year's Oscar show with host Ellen DeGeneres has a deliberately safe vibe of cheery song-and-dance.
  
The nimble and amiable DeGeneres is expected to return the broadcast to more traditional territory. Many of the night's biggest categories, too, seem to hold little chance for surprise.
  
The well-established favorites include Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto.
  
The night's biggest question mark won't come until the very end. "12 Years a Slave," `'Gravity" and "American Hustle" are vying for best picture in the night's closest contest.

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