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Baby names inspired by 2014 Oscar winners

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Award-winning baby names

Give your baby a famous name in honor of one of these 2014 Academy Award winners.
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Academy Award-winning baby names

Maybe you should consider choosing a famous name for your baby in honor of one of these 2014 winners from the 86th Academy Awards.

Gravity

The big-budget 3-D science fiction drama garnered seven awards at the 86th Academy Awards. Gravity was made in the U.K. with British visual special effects company Framestore. Sandra Bullock stars as medical engineer Ryan Stone, whose first space shuttle mission leaves her stranded in space.

Best Director: Director Alfonso Cuaron pioneered new technology and A-list talent to bring Gravity to the big screen.

Best Cinematography: The impressive, state-of-the-art camera work was led by Emmanuel Lubezki.

Best Sound Mixing: The Oscar was awarded to Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro.

Best Sound Editing: Gravity earned its seventh Academy Award thanks to the hard work of Glenn Freemantle.

Best Film Editing: Director Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger took home the prestigious award, which often goes hand-in-hand with the Best Director Oscar.

Best Visual Effects: No one was surprised that the $100 million film earned this award for Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould.

Best Original Score: Movie goers were entertained by zero gravity, incredible cinematic vision and a haunting score written by Steven Price.

Dallas Buyers Club

A startlingly thin Matthew McConaughey stars as real-life AIDS sufferer Ron Woodruff. Despite resistance from the FDA, Woodruff established the Dallas Buyers Club to provide smuggled pharmaceutical drugs to fellow HIV patients.

Best Actor: Actor Matthew McConaughey shed 40 pounds from his already-slim frame to portray the sickly Woodruff.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Kudos to Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews who snagged this award with a meager $250 budget.

Best Supporting Actor: Former teen heartthrob Jared Leto was virtually unrecognizable as drug-addicted Rayon, the HIV-positive trans woman that helped Woodruff distribute the smuggled drugs to more needy patients.

12 Years a Slave

The year’s top film is based on the 1853 memoir and slave narrative by Solomon Northup, a free African-American man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery for 12 years. Northup is poignantly portrayed by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Best Picture: This true-story film was produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas.

Best Supporting Actress: Talented newcomer Lupita Nyong’o impressed on the red carpet as well as in the film.

Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley adapted the memoir and subsequently battled with the film’s director, Steve McQueen, over screenplay credit.

The Great Gatsby

The Best Actor trophy continues to elude Leonardo DiCaprio, who played the legendary Jay Gatsby in this 3-D film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic 1925 novel.

Production Design: Catherine Martin handled the production design, while Beverley Dunn took care of set decoration.

Best Costume Design: Catherine Martin also accepted the Oscar for the film's authentic period costumes.

Frozen

This adorable Disney animated film is loosely based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. Princess Anna (featuring the voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on a journey with mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Sven (his pet reindeer) and a comical snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad) to convince Elsa the Snow Queen to release them from the grip of an eternal winter.

Best Animated Feature: Directors Chris BuckJennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho accepted the win on behalf of Frozen.

Best Original Song: Broadway songstress Idina Menzel, as Queen Elsa, brilliantly performed the song written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Blue Jasmine

Woody Allen wrote and directed this comedy-drama about Jasmine, a rich Manhattan socialite who finds herself alone, impoverished and homeless.

Best Actress: The talented Cate Blanchett beat Hollywood heavyweights Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Sandra Bullock and Amy Adams.

Her

Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Olivia Wilde star in this film about a man who enters a relationship with an intelligent computer operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). The film was nominated for five Academy Awards.

Best Original Screenplay: While John Ridley and Steve McQueen were fighting over the screenplay credit for 12 Years a Slave, Spike Jonze sneaked in to steal the prize for his screenwriting debut.

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