Photo Caption: Scene from 12 Years A Slave
Photo Credits: Fox Searchlight Pictures
12 Years A Slave took the Oscar for “Best Picture” Sunday night at the 86th Academy Awards hosted at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
The film, produced and directed by Steve McQueen, beat out American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyer’s Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena and The Wolf of Wall Street to take the top award of the night.
Actress Lupita Nyong’o won “Best Supporting Actress” for her portrayal of Patsey and screenwriter, John Ridley, who also served as an executive producer on the film, won in the “Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay” category.
The film, an adaptation of the book by the same name, written by the film’s central character Solomon Northrup, depicts the true story of Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, who is abducted and sold into slavery. After more than a decade he achieves his freedom after a chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist, portrayed by Brad Pitt.
Pitt, a producer on the film, called the win “an incredible honor” and described it as “an absolute privilege” to bring Solomon Northrup’s story to life on the big screen and commended McQueen for bringing together the cast and crew to tell the story.
During his acceptance speech, McQueen said “everyone deserves not only to survive but to live – this is the most important legacy of Solomon Northrup” and dedicated the top award of the night to “all of the people who have endured slavery and to the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today.”