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'12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity' Big Oscar Winners

3 Mar, 2014 By: John Latchem

The good news for movie fans is that most of the winners from the 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony are available on home video already. Of the nine feature films to win an Oscar March 2, only one has yet to be slated for a home video release.

Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, which took home a total of three Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o and Best Adapted Screenplay, is in a prime position to capitalize on its win, with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment releasing the film on Blu-ray and DVD March 4. The film was released early digitally, and rose to No. 5 on the iTunes chart as of the afternoon of March 3.

The outer space thriller Gravity, released on Blu-ray and DVD a week before the ceremony by Warner Home Video, won the most Oscars, with seven, including categories covering film editing, cinematography, visual effects, original score, sound mixing and sound editing. Its biggest prize came to director Alfonso Cuarón, who became the first Latino to win the Best Director Oscar.

Dallas Buyers Club, available on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, is the reason the phrase “Academy Award Winner Matthew McConaughey” now exists, as he took the Best Actor award to lead the film’s three nods. Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor and the film also won the category for makeup and hairstyling.

Disney’s Frozen made the most of its two nominations, winning in both categories: Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song, “Let It Go.” Disney releases Frozen on Blu-ray and DVD March 18, though it is available early digitally and was No. 1 on the iTunes chart as of March 3.

For songwriter Robert Lopez, who co-wrote Frozen’s songs with his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the win makes him the 12th person (counting only competitive categories) to earn the rare EGOT achievement — winning the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards during a career. Having won his first award, a Tony, in 2004, Lopez’s 10-year span to complete the EGOT makes him the fastest of the 12 to do it.

Other winners included Best Actress for Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, on Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Best Documentary for 20 Feet From Stardom, on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment; and The Great Gatsby, on disc from Warner, in the costume design and production design categories.

Best Foreign Film went to Italy’s The Great Beauty, which is available now digitally and on disc March 25 from Criterion.

The only winner not yet announced for disc is Warner’s Her, the tale of cyber love that won Best Original Screenplay for Spike Jonze.

Oscar Winners on Disc






Home Video

Blue Jasmine


Best Actress — Cate Blanchett

Sony Pictures

Now Available on DVD and Blu-ray

Dallas Buyers Club


Best Picture; Actor — Matthew McConaughey; Supporting Actor — Jared Leto; Makeup and Hairstyling


Now Available on DVD and Blu-ray



Best Animated Feature; Original Song — "Let It Go"


Available on DVD and Blu-ray March 18



Best Director — Alfonso Cuaron; Original Score — Steven Price; Film Editing; Cinematography; Visual Effects; Sound Editing; Sound Mixing


Now Available on DVD and Blu-ray

The Great Beauty


Best Foreign-Language Film (Italy)


Available on DVD and Blu-ray March 25

The Great Gatsby


Costume Design; Production Design


Now Available on DVD and Blu-ray



Original Screenplay


Net Yet Announced

12 Years a Slave


Best Picture; Supporting Actress — Lupita Nyong'o; Adapted Screenplay


Available on DVD and Blu-ray March 4

20 Feet From Stardom


Best Documentary Fature

Anchor Bay

Now Available on DVD and Blu-ray


For a complete list of winners visit Oscars.org



About the Author: John Latchem

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