Red Carpet Recap: 2014 Academy Awards

The 2014 award season came to a glorious finale at the 86th Annual Academy Awards where ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood honoree Lupita Nyong'o earned a statue for her work in 12 Years a Slave—the film that won Best Screenplay and the most coveted prize of the night, Best Picture!

ESSENCE.COM Mar, 03, 2014

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Lupita Nyong'o accepts the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role award for 12 Years a Slave onstage during the Oscars in Hollywood, California.

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Director Steve McQueen, winner of Best Motion Picture for Twelve Years A Slave poses in the press room during the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Viola Davis attends the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Kerry Washington arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Jada Pinkett Smith arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Michael B. Jordan arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Robin Roberts attends the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Sidney Poitier and Sydney Tamiia Poitier arrive at the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Alfre Woodard arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sari Mercer arrive at the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Pharrell performs his nominated song "Happy" onstage during the Oscars in Hollywood, California.

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Adepero Oduye arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Tyson Beckford attends the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Viola Davis and Julius Tennon arrive 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Shaun Robinson attends the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Tyler Perry arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Barkhad Abdi arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Michael Strahan attends the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Pharrell Williams and wife Helen Lasichanh arrive at the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen arrive at the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Gabourey Sidibe arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

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Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, and Tata Vega arrive at the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.