The history lesson that is "12 Years a Slave" lived up to predictions making it the favorite to win the Oscar for Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards, a gala also marked by the historic success of Mexico's Alfonso Cuaron, the first Latino to take the director's award.

Cuaron's movie, "Gravity," took seven of the 10 statuettes for which it was nominated - Achievement in Directing, Achievement in Film Editing (also for Cuaron together with Mark Sanger), Achievement in Cinematography (for Mexico's Emmanuel Lubezki), Best Original Score, Achievement in Sound Editing, Achievement in Sound Mixing and Achievement in Visual Effects.

One of the sights of the night was Brad Pitt accepting his first Oscar after five nominations, a reward for his work as producer of "12 Years a Slave."

The Mexican-born Kenyan, Lupita Nyong'o won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "12 Years a Slave," while John Ridley took Best Adapted Screenplay honors for the same movie.

"Dallas Buyers Club" scored a double in acting with Matthew McConaughey named Best Actor and Jared Leto taking Best Supporting Actor, while "Frozen" came out on top in two categories: Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song for "Let It Go."

Cate Blanchett, as expected, took the Best Actress award for "Blue Jasmine."

Leonardo DiCaprio, who starred in "The Wolf of Wall Street," went home empty-handed yet again following his fifth Oscar nomination.

Nyong'o and Anthony Quinn are the only actors born in Mexico that have won an Oscar.

The Italian movie "La Grande Bellezza" was honored as Best Foreign Language Film and its director, Paolo Sorrentino, surprised the audience with a speech citing Argentina's soccer legend Diego Maradona among his sources of inspiraton, together with moviemakers like Federico Fellini and Martin Scorsese, and the musical group Talking Heads.

Big disappointments of the night? Not a single Oscar went to either "American Hustle" with 10 nominations or "The Wolf of Wall Street" with five. EFE