TODAY | March 03, 2014
>>> los angeles . news of a different kind, the 86th academy awards . the range of movies and performances honored on hollywood's biggest night ranging from historical to heart heartwrenching. fresh faces in an auditorium filled with old favorites took home the night's top prize. ellen degeneres in her second stint as host spent more time in the audience than up on stage ordering pizza.
>> wait a minute, we're going to run out.
>> and snapping a selfie with a group of a-listers she hoped would set a record on twitter. and it did. best actor honors went to matthew mcconaughey who shed his romantic comedy image along with 40 pounds.
>> look forward to and whoever it is we're chasing, to that i say all right, all right, all right.
>> for best actress -- six-time nominee and two-time winner cate blanchett took the prize for her role as a wealthy socialite suffering a mental breakdown in "blue jasmine." newcomer lupita nyong'o won for her first major film role in "12 years a slave." beating out jennifer lawrence in her turn for " american hustle ."
>> when i look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every child no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid.
>> jared leto won for his role as the transgendered aids patient in "dallas buyers club." he thanked his mother.
>> she was a high school dropout and a single mom . but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children.
>> and a historic first as alphonso cuaron became the first mexican-born director to win a top prize for "gravity." he thanked the film's stars.
>> sandra bullock , sandy, you are the soul, heart of the film. you're the most amazing collaborator and one of the best people i ever met.
>> while steve mcqueen who lost his bid for best director eventually made it on to the stage along with executive producer brad pitt to accept the best picture prize for "12 years a slave."
>> this is the most important legacy.
>> clearly, the subject matter of some of these films prompted amazing speeches. people hit all the right notes, i thought they were poignant, emotional and moving, the ones i saw.
>> yeah. and i think they rose to what the movies