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12 Years A Slave makes history with Best Picture Oscar

Published on Mar 3, 2014 2:20 PM
 
Actor/producer Brad Pitt (lower right) accepts the Best Picture award for '12 Years a Slave' with (back row) actors Sarah Paulson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong'o, screenwriter John Ridley, actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, producers Arnon Milchan, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Anthony Katagas, actress Adepero Oduye and director Steve McQueen onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. 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. -- PHOTO: AFP

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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