Director and producer Steve McQueen (R) celebrates after accepting the Oscar for best picture for his film "12 Years a Slave", with actress Lupita Nyong'o (L), at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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The slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday, making history as the firstmovie 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 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 tricked and sold into slavery in Louisiana. "12 Years a Slave," 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.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.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".
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