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.