12 Years a Slave named Best Picture at the Oscars

British director Steve McQueen's film 12 Years a Slave has been named Best Picture at the Oscars. Other winners include Best Actor Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club and Best Actress Cate Blanchette for Blue Jasmine.

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Oscar win for Nottingham composer

Steven Price won the film industry's greatest honour for his Gravity score Credit: Lionel HahnABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Nottingham composer Steven Price has won a Best Original Score Academy Award for his work on the blockbuster Gravity.

He has already won the Original Music award for his score in the film at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards held two weeks ago.

The 36-year-old thanked his family in his speech, joking: "Mum, Dad, Jenny sorry I made so much noise while I was growing up."

Speaking backstage after the ceremony he said: "My house was full of music, my main memories are of the record player at home, it was all Beatles and Stones and we danced around the living room, that started me off on instruments and I've done nothing else ever since."

Best Original Score was one of seven oscars for Gravity, a film starring American actors Sandra Bullock and George Clooney but produced in the UK.


Oscars generates 14.7 million tweets around the world

More than 14.7 million tweets about the Oscars were made around the world during the 86th Academy Awards ceremony, according to Twitter UK.

Host Ellen DeGeneres' star-studded selfie has now gained 2.4 million retweets and been favourited more than 1.1 million times, breaking the Twitter record.

Liza Minnelli misses out on star-studded Oscars selfie

Former Academy Award winner Liza Minnelli has become a viral hit - for missing out on the most retweeted selfie in history.

The Cabaret star, seen in an electric blue trouser suit, stood up to join the star-studded picture at the Oscars but was crowded out by taller actors.

The image of her failed attempt was shared widely on Twitter, though still well below the number of times the record-breaking Ellen DeGeneres selfie was retweeted.

Host DeGeneres later took a photo with the veteran star, who was crowned Best Actress in 1973, during the ceremony to make amends.

Steve McQueen thanks a lot of people at the Oscars

12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen was the talk of Tinseltown after delivering the longest acceptance speech of the night upon winning the Best Film award.

Taking over from the film's producer Brad Pitt on stage, the British film-maker unveiled an A4 sheet of paper with a list of people to thank and apologised for boring the audience.

Watch his and all the other main acceptance speeches, including Best Actor Matthew McConaughey, Best Actress Cate Blanchett, Best Director Alfonso Cuaron, Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto and Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong'o:


Cumberbatch halts red carpet chat amid star arrival

Benedict Cumberbatch was already caught up in the Oscar "party pandemonium" before he went on to photobomb U2 on the red carpet.

The British actor halted a pre-show interview as a huge roar went up for another star arrival at the Dolby Theater and declared: "This place is crazy."

12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong'o, who went on to claim the best supporting actress award, and her director, Steve McQueen, also gave their pre-show thoughts, along with Philomena star Steve Coogan.

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