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'12 Years a Slave' Wins Best Picture Oscar

Director and producer Steve McQueen jumps after accepting the Oscar for best picture for his work in
Director and producer Steve McQueen jumps after accepting the Oscar for best picture for his work in "12 Years a Slave" at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, CA, March 2, 2014.
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The slavery drama 12 Years a Slave won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday, making history as the first movie from a black director to win the film industry's highest honor in 86 years of the Oscars.

British director Steve McQueen's unflinching portrayal of pre-Civil War American slavery also won two other Oscars, including best supporting actress for newcomer Lupita Nyong'o and best adapted screenplay based on the memoir of Solomon Northup, a free man sold into slavery in Louisiana.

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

It prevailed over space thriller Gravity from Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron, which nevertheless racked up the most Oscars of the night with seven, including the best director honor for Cuaron, a first for a Latin American director.

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Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock as a stranded astronaut, swept the technical awards like visual effects and cinematography, a reward for its groundbreaking work on conveying space and weightlessness.

In one of the strongest years for film in recent memory, the 6,000-plus voters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences scattered golden Oscar statuettes among the many acclaimed movies in contention.

It was a good night for the scrappy, low-budget film Dallas Buyers Club, a biopic of an early AIDS activist two decades in the making that won three Oscars, including the two male acting awards.

Matthew McConaughey, in a validation of a remarkable career turnaround, won best actor for his portrayal of the homophobe turned AIDS victim turned treatment crusader Ron Woodroof, a role for which he lost 50 pounds (23 kg).

Jared Leto accepts the award for best actor in a supporting role for “Dallas Buyers Club” during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.Jared Leto accepts the award for best actor in a supporting role for “Dallas Buyers Club” during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.
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Jared Leto accepts the award for best actor in a supporting role for “Dallas Buyers Club” during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Jared Leto accepts the award for best actor in a supporting role for “Dallas Buyers Club” during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.
His co-star, Jared Leto, won best supporting actor for his role as Woodroof's unlikely business sidekick, the transgender woman Rayon, for which he also slimmed down drastically.

Australia's Cate Blanchett won the best actress Oscar for her acclaimed role as the socialite unhinged by her husband's financial crimes in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. 

``Thank you so much Woody for casting me,'' Blanchett said.

The tale of Nordic princesses, Frozen, won best animated film, a first for Disney Animation Studios since the category was introduced in 2002.

Comedian and talk show star Ellen DeGeneres returned as Oscar host on Sunday in an appearance many saw as calculated to project a lighter, more affable tone for Hollywood's biggest night after the provocative performance of her immediate predecessor, Seth MacFarlane.

In the comedian's easy breezy style, DeGeneres mixed with the crowd, taking a star-studded selfie with the likes of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie that broke the record for retweets on Twitter.

The big loser of the night was director David O. Russell's 1970s crime caper American Hustle, which walked away empty-handed despite earning 10 nominations, the same number as Gravity.

Lupita Nyong'o, best supporting actress winner for her role in Lupita Nyong'o, best supporting actress winner for her role in "12 Years a Slave", speaks on stage at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, CA. March 2, 2014.
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Lupita Nyong'o, best supporting actress winner for her role in
Lupita Nyong'o, best supporting actress winner for her role in "12 Years a Slave", speaks on stage at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, CA. March 2, 2014.
Kenyan actress Nyong'o was one of the big stars of the night, not only for her winning pale blue Prada gown on the red carpet, but for her touching speech.

 In accepting the first award of the night for 12 Years a Slave, Nyong'o, 31, paid homage to her character.

It does"n't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my
 life is thanks to so much pain in someone else's, and so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey, for her guidance,'' a tearful Nyong'o told the audience.

  • From Left, Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong'o, and Jared Leto pose in the press room with their awards during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.
  • Matthew McConaughey winner of the award for best actor for his role in the "Dallas Buyers Club" poses in the press room during the Oscars.
  • Cate Blanchett speaks on stage after she won best actress for her work in 'Blue Jasmine" at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, CA, March 2, 2014.
  • Jared Leto accepts the award for best actor in a supporting role for “Dallas Buyers Club” during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.
  • Lupita Nyong'o, best supporting actress winner for her role in "12 Years a Slave", speaks on stage at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, CA. March 2, 2014.
  • Alfonso Cuaron accepts the Oscar for best director for "Gravity" at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, CA. March 2, 2014.
  • Kristen Anderson-Lopez, left, and Robert Lopez pose in the press room with their awards for best original song in a feature film for “Let It Go” from “Frozen” during the Oscars.
  • Paolo Sorrentino poses in the press room with the award for best foreign language film of the year for "The Great Beauty" during the Oscars.
  • Emmanuel Lubezki poses in the press room with the award for best cinematographer of the year for "Gravity" during the Oscars.
  • Anthony Katagas, from left, Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner, Steve McQueen, and Brad Pitt pose in the press room with the award for best picture of the year for "12 Years a Slave" during the Oscars.

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