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Saturday 23 August 2014

Michael Fassbender loses Oscar to Jared Leto while U2 misses out to Frozen

Published 03/03/2014 | 01:51

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Mchael Fassbender and his mother Adele arriving at the 86th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 2, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Oscars. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Mchael Fassbender and his mother Adele arriving at the 86th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 2, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Oscars. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02:  Actor Michael Fassbender attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Michael Fassbender attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

It was a disappointing night for Irish Oscar nominees as both Michael Fassbender and U2 lost out on the golden statue.

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The Kerryman was nominated by the Academy in the Best Supporting Actor category for the first time for his role as a brutal slave owner 12 Years A Slave.

And while his part earned him rave reviews, Leto has swept the boards this awards season for his work as a transgender AIDS victim in the Dallas Buyer's Club.

However, his co-star Lupita Nyong'o, who won the Best Supporting Actress statue thanked him for being her 'rock' during her acceptance speech.

Fassbender arrived to the ceremony with just minutes to spare, taking his mother Adele as his date.

Meanwhile, U2 shockingly lost for Best Original Song having scooped the same award at previous ceremonies.

They performed Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on the Oscars stage, but lost out to Let It Go from animated feature Frozen.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02:  Actress Jennifer Garner attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Jennifer Garner attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02:  Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02:  TV personality Rocsi Diaz attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: TV personality Rocsi Diaz attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Alfonso Cuarón’s sci-fi drama took home a staggering seven wins during Sunday night’s ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, including Best Directing, Cinematography, Visual Effects, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Original Score.

As well as Best Picture, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave also won in the categories for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress in a Supporting Role, which went to Hollywood darling Lupita Nyong’o.

"It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else's,” Lupita said as tears filled her eyes while accepting the award.

Addressing director Steve McQueen, she continued: “I'm certain that the dead are standing around you, and they are grateful. And so am I.”

Dallas Buyers Club was also a big winner, tying 12 Years a Slave with three awards.

Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor in a Leading Role, a category shared with Christian Bale (American Hustle), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), while his co-star Jared Leto took home Best Actor in a Supporting Role, beating out Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) and Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street).

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Lupita Nyong'o, best supporting actress winner for her role in "12 Years a Slave", speaks on stage at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014.

Best Actress in a Leading Role went to Blue Jasmine's Cate Blanchett, who beat out Amy Adams (American Hustle), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena) and Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) for the honour.

The night also included performances from several big acts, including the nominees for Best Original Song.

Pharrell took the stage early in the night, performing his latest hit single, Happy, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, getting Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams and other stars on their feet.

Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs performed The Moon Song from the movie Her.

U2 rocked out with Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Idina Menzel also performed Let It Go from Best Animated Feature Film winner Frozen, which ultimately won the honour.

Pink also gave a musical tribute the late Judy Garland, while the audience gave a standing ovation to Bette Midler, who performed Wind Beneath My Wings during the Academy’s tribute to stars who passed away over the last year, including James Gandolfini, Paul Walker and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Larry Mullen Jr, The Edge, Bono and Adam Clayton (L-R) of the band U2 pose for photographers at the 86th Academy Awards

The full list of winners for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, is as follows:

Actor in a Leading Role: Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club

Actor in a Supporting Role: Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club

Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine

Actress in a Supporting Role: Lupita Nyong’o - 12 Years a Slave

Animated Feature Film: Frozen - Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho

Cinematography: Gravity - Emmanuel Lubezki

Costume Design: Catherine Martin - The Great Gatsby

Directing: Gravity - Alfonso Cuarón

Documentary Feature: 20 Feet from Stardom - Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers

Documentary Short Subject: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life - Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

Film Editing: Gravity - Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger

Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty - Italy

Makeup and Hairstyling: Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews - Dallas Buyers Club

Music (Original Score): Gravity - Steven Price

Music (Original Song): Let It Go – Frozen; Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave - Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers

Production Design: The Great Gatsby - Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn

Short Film (Animated): Mr. Hublot - Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares

Short Film (Live Action): Helium - Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson

Sound Editing: Gravity - Glenn Freemantle

Sound Mixing: Gravity - Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro

Visual Effects: Gravity - Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk and Neil Corbould

Writing (Adapted Screenplay): 12 Years a Slave - Screenplay by John Ridley

Writing (Original Screenplay): Her - Written by Spike Jonze

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Cate Blanchett speaks on stage after she won best actress for her work in 'Blue Jasmine" at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014.

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