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Director and producer Steve McQueen (R) celebrates after accepting the Oscar for best picture with Lupita Nyong'o (L) at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014.
Director and producer Steve McQueen (R) celebrates after accepting the Oscar for best picture with Lupita Nyong'o (L) at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014.
(LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS)

Oscars recap: Winners (Gravity), losers (American Hustle) and selfies (Ellen's)

Gravity took away seven statues on Sunday night, and Dallas Buyers Club and 12 Years a Slave walked away with three each.  But the 86th Academy Awards itself won’t be winning any prizes.

There was nothing especially bad about the show (unless you count its seemingly endless duration), but precious little that was great, either. No outright snubs, no embarrassing speeches - although the teleprompter operator has some explaining to do - no wacky James Franco/Seth MacFarlane factor. That might be good news for the show itself, but it made for predictable — okay let’s face it, often boring — viewing. Even host Ellen DeGeneres looked like she was having trouble staying awake, with more than an hour to go. But if the show was a solid 6 out of 10, there were still a few standout moments: