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

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"12 Years A Slave" wins Best Picture at the 2014 Oscars. | Kevin Winter via Getty Images

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.

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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!

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

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

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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.

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

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"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.

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

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

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Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez accepted the award with a speech that rhymed.

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Listen here:

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Or, well, Adele Dazeem. Or whatever John Travolta called her when he introduced Menzel.

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Bette Midler sang "Wind Beneath My Wings" after the list of deceased stars was shown. Among those stars left out of the In Memoriam segment were Cory Monteith and James Avery. Sarah Jones, the camera woman who was killed on the set of "Midnight Rider," the Gregg Allman bio film, was also not mentioned.

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Catherine Martin gets another Oscar, giving her two for the night.

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She sings "Over The Rainbow" to pay tribute to "The Wizard Of Oz," which is 75.

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That gets director Alfonso Cuaron his first Oscar of the night. Cuaron co-edited the film with Mark Sanger.

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Bill Murray and Amy Adams gave out the award. Before announcing Emmanuel Lubezki as winner, Murray paid tribute to the late Harold Ramis, who died last week.

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Put those think pieces away: Nyong'o topped Jennifer Lawrence for the award and received a standing ovation in the process. "No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid," she said.

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That's three Oscars for "Gravity," if you're keeping score at home. It has received the most awards this evening.

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But for those still awake: U2 played "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" and Brad Pitt introduced the band.

More on the U2 performance is here.

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Director Paolo Sorrentino accepts the award and thanks, among others, Martin Scorsese. "The Great Beauty" was Italy's entry at the category.

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And Darlene Love got to sing on the Oscars stage. Here's what Love told HuffPost Entertainment last year about a potential Oscars appearance:

That would be the ultimate. Never say never! Fate has been very good to me. I've been in the right place at the right time for the last 20 years. For one thing, it would give a lot of people the chance to see me. "Wow, that's Darlene Love. She really can sing! And she looks good."

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