Los Angeles: Cate Blanchett won the Academy Award for best actress for her bravura performance as a fragile socialite experiencing a meltdown in Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine.'
Blanchett had been deemed the front-runner from the very beginning of the Oscar season. It was the sixth Oscar nomination for the Australian actress and her second win, though her first in the leading actress category. Previously she won the 2005 supporting actress trophy for 'The Aviator.'
The other nominees Sunday night were: Amy Adams, 'American Hustle'; Sandra Bullock, 'Gravity'; Judi Dench, 'Philomena'; and Meryl Streep, 'August: Osage County'.
Matthew McConaughey won the Academy Award for best actor for his performance as a desperate and determined AIDS patient in 'Dallas Buyers Club.'
McConaughey lost some 40 pounds for the role, which capped a remarkable recent career transformation for the 44-year-old actor, once a regular in lightweight romantic comedies. It was his first Oscar nomination; he won the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama earlier this year.
The other nominees in the best actor category were: Christian Bale, 'American Hustle'; Bruce Dern, 'Nebraska'; Leonardo DiCaprio, 'The Wolf of Wall Street'; and Chiwetel Ejiofor, '12 Years a Slave.'