Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Society & Culture
  3. Ethnic Cultures

'12 Years a Slave' is chosen as best picture at the Academy Awards

See also

The Academy Awards was an exciting event for director by Steve McQueen and producer Brad Pitt, whose film "12 Years a Slave" came out on top. "12 Years a Slave" won best picture at the 86th Academy Awards, reported The Hollywood Reporter on March 2, 2014. The film also won awards for best supporting actress by Lupita Nyong'o and best adapted screenplay by John Ridley.

When he took the stage to accept the award, Pitt said, "It's been an absolute privilege to work on Solomon Northup's story." He also praised the "indomitable" McQueen. McQueen than took a moment to thank Pitt, whom he said without whose support "the film would never have been made." McQueen commented, "I dedicate this award to all people who have endured slavery, and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today"

"12 Years a Slave" won best picture and "Gravity" won 7 times at the Academy Awards, reports The Washington Post. The win for “12 Years a Slave,” marks the first time a film by a black director, McQueen, has won best picture. The winning of the best director Oscar by Mexico's Alfonso Cuaron for "Gravity" marks the first time a Latin American filmmaker won an Oscar for best director. This was an exciting Academy Awards with history being made in the entertainment industry.



  • ESPYS party
    Athletes and celebrities hit the red carpet at Body at the ESPYS party
    Today's Buzz
  • Healthy balance
    Keeping a healthy balance is so important for your own well-being
    15 Photos
  • Apollo
    NASA observes 45th anniversary of Apollo 11: One giant leap for mankind
    14 Photos
  • Unique jewelry
    Nothing catches the eye or completes and outfit like a great piece of jewelry
    12 Photos
  • Student Farmworker Alliance
    Student-Farmworker Alliance launches 'Boot the Braids' web site
    15 Photos
  • Exercise
    Find out why you should exercise to compliment your diet
    10 Photos

Related Videos:

  • One Direction is planning to release 'Where We Are'
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518331626" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • President Barack Obama
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518273894" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Selena Gomez gets a new tattoo reminding her to love herself
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518324951" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>