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05 March 2014 Written by  EurWeb

‘12 Years A Slave’ Makes History; Wins Best Picture Oscar

"12 Years A Slave" was on a lot folks’ lists and the favorite to win the best picture Oscar and Sunday night its destiny was fulfilled at the 86th Academy Awards.

In one of the tightest races in years, the Steve McQueen film beat out "American Hustle, "Gravity" and 8 others nominated in the category.

In fact, the film – produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Productions and released through Fox Searchlight – went home with multiple awards including best supporting actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and best adapted screenplay (John Ridgley) and of course, best picture.

Adapted by McQueen and Ridley from Solomon Northup’s 19th century memoir, the film tells the true story of a free black man living in New York who is drugged, kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana.

In winning the best film award, "12 Years" made history; it’s the first movie from a black director to win the film industry’s highest honor in the Oscars’ 86 years of existence.

"Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live, this is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup," McQueen said in his acceptance speech.

Owing largely to its often graphic depictions of lynching, whipping and rape — "Either I was going to make a movie about slavery or I wasn’t," McQueen said — the film proved difficult to watch for many people, including Oscar voters.

Via Deadline, here are a few of the winners of the 86th Academy Awards:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Jared Leto in "Dallas Buyers Club" (Focus Features)

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN "The Great Gatsby" (Warner Bros.) Catherine Martin

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM "Mr. Hublot"

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR "Frozen" (Walt Disney) Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS "Gravity" (Warner Bros.) Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM "Helium" An M & M Production Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT "The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life" A Reed Entertainment Production Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE "20 Feet From Stardom" (RADiUS-TWC) A Gil Friesen Productions and Tremolo Production Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR "The Great Beauty" (Janus Films) – Italy An Indigo Film Production

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING "Gravity" (Warner Bros.) Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Lupita Nyong’o in "12 Years A Slave" (Fox Searchlight)

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY "Gravity" (Warner Bros.) Emmanuel Lubezki

ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING "Gravity" (Warner Bros.) Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY "12 Years A Slave" (Fox Searchlight) Screenplay by John Ridley

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY "Her" (Warner Bros.) Written by Spike Jonze

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING "Gravity" (Warner Bros.) Alfonso Cuarón

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine" (Sony Pictures Classics)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club" (Focus Features)

BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR "12 Years a Slave" (Fox Searchlight) A River Road, Plan B, New Regency Production Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers