12 Years a Slave wins best picture at Oscars

07:00, Mar 03 2014
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Lupita Nyong'o, best supporting actress winner for her role in 12 Years a Slave.
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Director and producer Steve McQueen (R) celebrates after accepting the Oscar for best picture with Lupita Nyong'o (L) at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood.

Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama 12 Years a Slave best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards.

Steve McQueen's slavery odyssey, based on Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir, has been hailed as a landmark corrective to the movie industry's long omission of slavery stories and years of whiter tales like 1940 best-picture winner Gone With the Wind.

McQueen dedicated the honour to those who suffered slavery and "the 21 million who still endure slavery today."

"Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live," said McQueen, who promptly bounced into the arms of his cast. "This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup."

A year after celebrating Ben Affleck's Argo over Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this time opted for stark realism over more plainly entertaining candidates like the 3-D space marvel Gravity and the starry 1970s caper American Hustle.

Those two films came in as the leading nominee getters, and Gravity still triumphed as the night's top award-winner. Cleaning up in technical categories, it earned seven Oscars including best director for Alfonso Cuaron. The Mexican filmmaker is the category's first Latino winner.


But history belonged to 12 Years a Slave, a modestly budgeted drama produced by Pitt's production company, Plan B, that has made US$50 million worldwide - a far cry from the more than $700 million Gravity has hauled in. It marks the first time a film directed by a black filmmaker has won best picture. Its graceful breakthrough star, Lupita Nyong'o, also won best supporting actress and John Ridley won best adapted screenplay.

The Oscars fittingly spread the awards around, feting the starved stars of the Texas Aids drama Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey (best actor) and Jared Leto (best supporting actor), and the Australian veteran Cate Blanchett for her fallen socialite in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine (best actress, her second Oscar).


List of winners at the 86th annual Academy Awards:

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave.

Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club.

Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine.

Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club.

Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave.

Directing: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity.

Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty, Italy.

Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave.

Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her.

Animated Feature Film: Frozen.

Production Design: The Great Gatsby.

Cinematography: Gravity.

Sound Mixing: Gravity.

Sound Editing: Gravity.

Original Score: Gravity, Steven Price.

Original Song: Let It Go from Frozen.

Costume: The Great Gatsby.

Makeup and Hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club.

Animated Short Film: Mr. Hublot.

Documentary Feature: 20 Feet from Stardom.

Documentary (short subject): The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.

Film Editing: Gravity.

Live Action Short Film: Helium.

Visual Effects: Gravity.


Honorary Oscars:

- Peter W. Anderson.

- Film-processing labs over past century.

- Angelina Jolie.

- Angela Lansbury.

- Steve Martin.

- Piero Tosi.