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'12 Years A Slave' Wins Best Picture Oscar At 86th Annual Academy Awards

03/02/2014 11:58 pm ET | Updated Mar 08, 2014
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A little more than six months after "12 Years a Slave" debuted at the Telluride Film Festival, Steve McQueen's slavery drama has been named Best Picture at the 2014 Oscars.

Based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841, "12 Years a Slave" topped "American Hustle," "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Gravity," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" for 2014 Best Picture honors. The film received eight other Oscar nominations this year, also winning awards for Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o) and Best Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley).

Will Smith presented McQueen's film, which was also produced by Brad Pitt, with the Best Picture Oscar. Pitt accepted the award before giving way to McQueen, a fellow producer. The 44-year-old made Oscars history by becoming the first black man to win an Oscar in the Best Picture category. (He lost Best Director, however, to Alfonso Cuaron for "Gravity.") McQueen thanked his mother, his children and Pitt. "Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the legacy of Solomon Northup," McQueen said. He dedicated the Oscar to the people who spent their lives suffering in slavery.

Heading into Oscar night, "12 Years a Slave" was tangled in a tight race with Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" and David O. Russell's "American Hustle," the two features with the most Oscar nominations, 10 each, at the 2014 ceremony. "Gravity" won seven total Oscars, while "American Hustle" was shut out.

"12 Years a Slave" had previously won top film honors at the Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards, and it tied with "Gravity" at the Producers Guild Awards, a frequently reliable predictor for Best Picture.

Last year, Ben Affleck's "Argo" won Best Picture.

03/03/2014 12:39 AM EST

That's A Wrap

An historic night for Steve McQueen and "12 Years a Slave," wins for Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o, seven Oscars for "Gravity" and no love for "American Hustle." These were your 2014 Oscars. Hope you enjoyed it!

12 years a slave

03/03/2014 12:01 AM EST

"12 Years A Slave" Is Your Best Picture

As expected, "12 Years a Slave" won Best Picture. Producers Brad Pitt and Steve McQueen accepted the award.

03/02/2014 11:56 PM EST

All Right, He Said It

03/02/2014 11:52 PM EST

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03/02/2014 11:51 PM EST

Matthew McConaughey Wins Best Actor

#truedetectiveseason2 is McCounaughey and his Oscar. He won for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club."

03/02/2014 11:47 PM EST

Cate Blanchett Thanked Woody Allen After Winning Her Oscar

She also gave an impassioned plea to Hollywood to acknowledge that people want to see movies with female leads. One of the night's most memorable speeches.

03/02/2014 11:42 PM EST

Time For Best Actress!

Will Cate Blanchett thank Woody Allen? Let's find out!

03/02/2014 11:39 PM EST

Not The Best They've Ever Done

"American Hustle" has lost seven times, thus far, on Oscar night, including in the Original Screenplay category where Spike Jonze's "Her" took top honors.

03/02/2014 11:38 PM EST

"Gravity" Has Seven Oscars Right Now

Just because it's great and you need to know that.

03/02/2014 11:35 PM EST

Alfonso Cuaron Wins Best Director For "Gravity"

Cuaron wins his second Oscar of the night for "Gravity."

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