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Oscars: ’12 Years A Slave’ Wins Best Picture

Scene at the film titled "12 years a slave"

The searing drama “12 Years a Slave” was named best picture at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night.

Scene at the film titled "12 years a slave"

Scene at the film titled “12 years a slave”

The story of Solomon Northup, a free African-American man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, won just three awards, but they were all major: best picture, best supporting actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and best adapted screenplay (John Ridley).

Brad Pitt, one of the film’s producers, accepted on behalf of the film before deferring to its director, a noticeably excited — and tongue-tied — Steve McQueen.

“Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup,” McQueen said.

He added, “This is for all the people who have endured slavery, and the 21 million people who still endure slavery today.”

Nyong’o, a newcomer, paid tribute to her character, Patsey, a slave in 1840s Louisiana. Her voice cracked as she spoke.

“It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is because of so much pain in someone else’s,” she said.


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1 Comment for “Oscars: ’12 Years A Slave’ Wins Best Picture”

  1. The slavery drama 12 Years a Slave won the Academy Award for best picture, making history as the first movie from a black director to win the film industry’s highest honour in 86 years of the Oscars.
    I am so tired to Hollywood trying to make me feel bad about slavery that happened over 150 years ago, but guess what I don’t as the great great great grandson of slave owners that was their decision. Hollywood is always trying to rewrite history, slavery right or wrong at that time was a way of life. Its over get over it Hollywood.

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