LOS ANGELES — The slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday, making history as the first movie from a black director to win the film industry's highest honor in 86 years of the Oscars.
Lupita Nyong'o (left) prepares to embrace Angelina Jolie, as Benedict Cumberbatch (background centre) looks on, and Brad Pitt, embraces Chiwetel Ejiofor, right, after '12 Years a Slave' was announced the winner for best picture during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday in Hollywood, California. (Photo by AP)
British director Steve McQueen's unflinching portrayal of pre-Civil War American slavery also 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 sold into slavery in Louisiana.
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