'Live' highs and lows of Oscars 2014: How it went down min-by-min for "The Square" and "Omar" makers

Published March 3rd, 2014 - 12:08 GMT

6:55am Will Smith presents the biggest award of the night: Best Picture. The Oscar goes to Steve McQueen's historical epic 12 Years a Slave. The award is accepted by the film's producers Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, director Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas.

6:51am Last year's Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence presents the award for Best Actor. Matthew McConaughey wins the coveted statuette for his brilliant portrayal of AIDS patient Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club.

6:45am Daniel Day-Lewis announces best actress nominees. Australian star Cate Blanchett clinches the award for best actress for her remarkable performance in Woody Allen's tragic comedy Blue Jasmine.

6:33am Angelina Jolie and Sidney Poitier present the award for Achievement in Directing. The winner is Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity. The film has received seven Oscars so far.

Prior to Academy Awards, Gravity already won six BAFTA Awards, including Outstanding British Film and Best Director, the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, and seven Critics Choice Awards.

6:24am Oscar winners Robert De Niro and Penelope Cruz announce the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. The Oscar goes to John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave. The film is based on the memoir written by Solomon Northup, portrayed in the film by Oscar-nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor.

6:26am The Oscar for Best Original Screenplay goes to Spike Jonze for Her. It is Jonze's fourth nomination and first win.

6:16am The Oscar for Best Original Song goes to ‘Let It Go' from Frozen. The songwriter, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, is now one of a few artists who have what is referred to as an EGOT: An Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.

6:12am Jamie Foxx and Jessica Biel present the nominees for Best Original Score. The Oscar goes to Steven Price: Gravity wins for the sixth time tonight.

6:08am John Travolta presents Idina Menzel, who performs the Oscar-nominated song ‘Let It Go' from Academy Award winning animated feature Frozen.

6:05am Goldie Hawn presents the final three Best Picture nominees: Philomena, Captain Philips and 12 Years a Slave.

5:53am Glenn Close presents the tribute to the stars we lost this year, including James Gandolfini, Paul Walker, Peter O'Toole, Roger Ebert, Shirley Temple, Joan Fontaine, Harold Ramis and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Bette Midler follows up with a heartfelt performance of ‘Wind Beneath My Wings'.

5:43am Jennifer Garner and Benedict Cumberbatch present the award for Best Production Design. The Oscar goes to The Great Gatsby.

5:32am Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg pays tribute to The Wizard of Oz on the classic's 75th anniversary, American singer and songwriter Pink performs ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow'.

5:29am The Academy Award for Best Film Editing goes to Gravity in the film's fifth win in this year's Oscars.

5:26am Amy Adams and Bill Murray present the Award for Achievement in Cinematography. Emmanuel Lubezki wins for Gravity. This is Gravity's fourth win tonight.

5:24am President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cheryl Boone Isaacs acquaints the audience with the plans for establishing the Academy's Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles by 2017.

5:22am "Pizza anyone?" Brad Pitt passes out paper plates and napkins as a pizza delivery boy makes his way by Ellen DeGeneres' side through the bejeweled crowd, handing out slices to the stars.

5:12am Two-time Oscar winner Christopher Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained) presents the award for Best Supporting Actress. Lupita Nyong'o wins for her stunning performance in Steve McQueen's harrowing slavery drama 12 Years a Slave.

"When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid," Nyong'o said at the end of an eloquent, tearful acceptance speech.

5:10am The Oscar for Best Sound Editing also goes to Gravity, a British-American 3D science-fiction thriller and space drama. This marks the third Academy Award for the film tonight as it already won Oscar for Sound Mixing and for Achievement in Visual Effects.

Prior to Academy Awards, Gravity already won six BAFTA Awards, including Outstanding British Film and Best Director, the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, and seven Critics Choice Awards.

5:06am Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth present the Oscar for Sound Mixing. And the Oscar goes to Gravity.

4:54am Brad Pitt presents U2, performing their Oscar-nominated song ‘Ordinary Love' from the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

4:48am Ewan McGregor and Viola Davis present the award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Oscar goes to Italy's The Great Beauty.

This is the 11th Oscar for Italy. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, the visually stunning film is reminiscent of Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita.

The film considered the favorite to win the Academy Award, follows an aging writer's reflections on life and his search for meaning among Rome's idle high society

4:51am The second set of Best Picture nominees is introduced: Nebraska, Her and Gravity.

4:40am Oscar winner Kevin Spacey presents the winners of this year's Governors Awards: Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Piero Tosi and Angelina Jolie.

4:37am Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) presents the award for Best Documentary Feature. The winner is 20 Feet from Stardom.

Egyptian-American production The Square was among the nominees for Best Documentary Feature. The nomination marks Egypt's first time onto the 'Best Documentary' list and in the Oscars as a whole, with the exception of Omar El-Sherif's 'Best Supporting Actor' nomination in 1962 for his role in Hollywood production Lawrence of Arabia.

The Square is an immersive experience that transports viewers into the intense emotional dramas and personal stories behind the January 2011 uprising and its aftermath of military and short-lived Muslim Brotherhood rule.

The film won the People's Choice Documentary Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013, and the Audience Award at Sundance 2013.

The Square producers tweeted "Our Oscars story may be over, but the story of Egypt and TheSquare goes on. Our journey continues!"

4.34am The Oscar for Best Documentary Short goes to The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life. Directed by Malcom Clarke, the documentary film is about 109 year-old Alice Herz Sommer, the world's oldest pianist and holocaust survivor, who passed away one week ago.

4:30am The award for Best Live Action Short Film is presented. The Oscar goes to Helium.

4:24am Zac Efron presents Karen O, who performs her Oscar-nominated ‘The Moon Song' from Best Picture contender Her.

4:21am Joseph Gordon Levitt and Emma Watson present the award for Achievement in Visual Effects. The Oscar goes to Gravity.

4:17am Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field presents a compilation of movie clips paying homage to real life heroes portrayed in the cinema.

4:14am McConaughey and Novak present the award for Best Animated Feature as well. The winner is Frozen.

This is the first time that the studio founded by the animation pioneer, Walt Disney Animation Studios, wins the Oscar for best animated feature, a category created in 2002.

The first Academy Award for an animated feature film was a special honor given to Walt Disney in 1939 for the innivation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Child actress Shirley Temple presented Disney with a full-sized gold Oscar statuette and seven miniature ones.

4:11am Academy Award nominee Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) and Hollywood legend Kim Novak present the award for Best Animated Short Film. And the Oscar goes to Mr. Hublot.

4:02am Harrison Ford introduces the first three nominees for Best Picture: American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street. Clips from all three films are shown.

4:00am Both stars go on to announce the award for Makeup and Hairstyling. Dallas Buyers Club wins.

3:57am Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson present the award for Best Costume Design. The Oscar goes to The Great Gatsby.

3:50am Pharrell Williams performs his Oscar-nominated song Happy from Despicable Me 2. The star-studded crowd claps along to Pharrell's performance. Oscar winner Jamie Foxx (Ray) joins Pharrell on the stage.

3:47am Comedian Jim Carrey presents a tribute to animated heroes.

3:40am Last year's Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) takes the stage to present the award for Best Supporting Actor.

The nominees are:
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

The Oscar goes to Jared Leto for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.

"Thank you mom for teaching me to dream," Leto says. "To all the dreamers out there watching us tonight, in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela...we're thinking of you tonight."

3:32am Comedian and day-time talk show Ellen DeGeneres, back to host the Academy Awards for a second time, says: "Welcome to the Oscars. For those of you watching from around the world, it's been a tough week for us here. It's been raining. Thank you for your prayers," to the night's first round of applause from the audience.

3:25am Stars start to take their seats inside the Dolby Theatre as the beginning of the show draws near.

3:11am Egyptian actor Khalid Abdalla, one of the characters featured in The Square, tweets a picture of the Dolby Theatre entrance as he approaches it with the rest of the film's crew: "About to enter."

2:45am Jehane Noujaim director of The Square, Egyptian documentary film, nominee for Best Documentary, arrives on the Red Carpet with producer Karim Amer.

1:55am Stars start arriving on the red carpet at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, including nominees Amy Adams (Best Actress, American Hustle), Lupita Nyong'o (Best Supporting Actress, 12 Years a Slave), Barkhad Abdi (Best Supporting Actor, Captain Philips), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Best Actor, 12 Years a Slave) and Bruce Dern (Best Actor, Nebraska).

12:40am After a huge storm hit right before the Oscars weekend, soaking the red carpet, tonight's skies are grey but dry. The risk of rain still looming, organizers are hoping for the rain to hold off until the stars are inside the Dolby Theatre.

12am Stars are about to start walking the red carpet, ahead of the coveted Academy Awards. Keeping you up to speed, here's a reminder of the nominees for this year's Oscars.

11:30pm Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim, and director of The Square, one of three Arab films vying for 86th Academy Awards, will be attending tonight's ceremony, along with Palestine's Hany Abu-Assad and Yemen's Sarah Ishaq.
The Square's official account on Twitter sent out: "Thrilled to be going to the ‪#Oscars‬ tonight with fellow ‪#Arab‬ films ‪@OmarTheFilm‬ and ‪@KaramaHNW_Film‬! ‪#ArabFilmFTW‬!"

For Middle East viewers, the 86th Annual Academy Awards will be televised on the TV channel Dubai One starting at 12am Cairo Local Time.

Ahram Online will be providing minute-by-minute updates for the Oscars as they take place at Los Angeles' Dolby Theater. The live feed will begin with the red carpet proceedings before the official ceremony begins. The three hours show will be hosted by comedian and day-time talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

This year's Academy Awards sees three Arab productions nominated in three different categories: The Square by Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim is up for Best Documentary Feature, Palestine's Omar by Hany Abu-Assad runs for Best Foreign Language Film and Yemen's Karama Has No Walls by Sarah Ishaq is a contender for Best Documentary Short.

This year's Oscar race is one of the most competitive in recent memory, with two films vying for the coveted Best Picture award with almost equal chances: Alfonso Cuarón's sci-fi stunner Gravity and Steve McQueen's historical epic 12 Years a Slave. Others have been hailing David O. Russell's crime caper American Hustle as a possible surprise winner. The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, called it the best line-up "in the last decade or so."

After three days of rain that soaked parts of the red carpet along Hollywood Boulevard, organizers remain confident that 86th Annual Academy Awards will go off without a hitch.


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