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Cate Blanchett, winner of Best Actress Oscar for Blue Jasmine. Photo: Getty

Cate Blanchett, winner of Best Actress Oscar for Blue Jasmine. Photo: Getty

Cate Blanchett, winner of Best Actress Oscar for Blue Jasmine. Photo: Getty

IT WAS a night of A-list selfies, photobombs and an impromptu pizza delivery to a star-studded audience.

But there was huge disappointment for Ireland's own Michael Fassbender who went home empty-handed from last night's Oscars, as did U2.

The famous chart-toppers were 'Frozen' out in the Best Song category after losing out to the Disney ditty Let It Go.

And there were few surprises from the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre, watched by a billion people worldwide, with worthy epic 12 Years a Slave taking home the Best Picture gong.

It made history as the first movie from a black director, namely Steve McQueen, to win the industry's highest honour in 86 years of the Oscars.

High-flying flick Gravity also stole the show, winning more than seven of the coveted awards.

It was a more relaxed affair than in previous years with plenty of high jinks among the partying stars, as well as high fashion and impromptu 'mani-cams'.

However, it was the mother-of-all selfies, organised by host Ellen DeGeneres that ended up crashing Twitter.

Many of Hollywood's most famous faces crammed into the frame and the snap quickly went viral, amassing more than 2m retweets.

The hilarious snap taken by Bradley Cooper features Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

It beat a previous Twitter record set by picture of President Barack Obama hugging his wife on election night in 2012.

The social networking site even had to send out an apology because of all the retweeting disrupted the service for more than 20 minutes.

Cheeky

Meanwhile, Dublin stars U2 had their limelight stolen after cheeky Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch leapt in for a manic photo-bombing as the band posed on the red carpet.

The group received a standing ovation when they played their Best Original Song contender Ordinary Love, from a Nelson Mandela biopic.

They failed to scoop the coveted award which went to Let It Go, from Disney's animated blockbuster Frozen.

In another disappointment for Irish hopes, Kerry native Fassbender lost out in the Best Supporting Actor category for his part as a brutal slave owner in 12 Years a Slave.

The gong went to Jared Leto who won for his work as a transgender AIDS victim in the Dallas Buyers Club.

His co-star Matthew McCon-aughey also won the Best Actor in a Leading Role Fassbender did get a mention from co-star Lupita Nyong'o, who won the Best Supporting Actress in the historical movie.

She thanked him for being her 'rock' during her acceptance speech.

Steve McQueen's movie also won Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Philomena, about Philomena Lee who was forced to give up a child for adoption in 1950s Ireland, was nominated for four awards but did not win in any of the categories.

The other big winner on the night was sci-fi flick Gravity. The big-budget movie starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney took home a staggering seven wins during the ceremony in Hollywood. This included Best Directing, Cinematography, Visual Effects, Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Best Original Score.

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