12 Years A Slave makes history with Best Picture Oscar
Published on Mar 3, 2014 2:20 PM
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The slavery drama 12 Years A Slave won the Academy Award for Best Picture on Sunday, making history as the first movie from a black director to win the film industry's highest honour in 86 years of the Oscars.
British director Steve McQueen's unflinching portrayal of pre-Civil War American slavery also won two other Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress for newcomer Lupita Nyong'o and Best Adapted Screenplay based on the memoir of Solomon Northup, a free man sold into slavery in Louisiana.
"Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live, this is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup," said McQueen in his acceptance speech.
It prevailed over space thriller Gravity from Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron, which nevertheless racked up the most Oscars of the night with seven, including the Best Director honour for Cuaron, a first for a Latin American director. Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock as a stranded astronaut, swept the technical awards like visual effects and cinematography, a reward for its groundbreaking work on conveying space and weightlessness.
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