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'12 Years A Slave' Wins Oscar for Best Picture, Makes History

’12 Years a Slave’
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Period drama 12 Years a Slave has won an Academy Award for Best Picture.

The movie—based on the life of Solomon Northup, a free Black man abducted and sold into slavery—also took home Oscars for Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o) and Best Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley).

This makes it the first time a film by a Black director (Steve McQueen) has won Best Picture in the Academy's 86-year history.

Congrats to the cast and crew of 12 Years a Slave on their big win.

PHOTO GALLERY: Red Carpet Recap: 2014 Academy Awards

  • Lupita Nyong'o accepts the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role award for 12 Years a Slave onstage during the Oscars in Hollywood, California.
  • Director Steve McQueen, winner of Best Motion Picture for Twelve Years A Slave poses in the press room during the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
  • Viola Davis attends the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.
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