’12 Years A Slave’ won the award for Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards on March 2. The intense, remarkable, much-talked about period drama beat out some of the most acclaimed films of the year for the honor!
The Academy has spoken! 12 Years A Slave took home the most coveted award of the evening at the Academy Awards on March 2. Do you think the film deserved to win?
’12 Years A Slave’ Wins Oscar For Best Picture
When all was said and done, it was 12 Years A Slave that won the night’s biggest award.
Will Smith presented the final award of the night, and seemed delighted to hand the award to 12 Years A Slave. Brad Pitt, Steve McQueen, and the rest of the sprawling cast took the stage, where McQueen sweetly thanked the cast, crew, and of course, Solomon Northup, the man whose remarkable story served as the basis for the film
“I know I speak for everyone standing behind me that has been an absolute privelage to work on Solomon’s story,” Brad said. “We all get to stand here tonight because of won man who allowed us to tell that story… and that is Steve McQueen,” he said.
Steve then took over — he was clearly emotional.
“Everyone deserves not to survive, but to live,” he said. “This is the legacy of Solomon Northup.”
Of course, it wasn’t an easy road to victory for 12 Years A Slave — this year’s list of nominees was jam-packed with phenomenal films. American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, and The Wolf of Wall Street were also nominated in the category, making it a pretty tight race to the finish.
Oscars 2014: The Big Winners
Of course, 12 Years A Slave won’t be the only winner everyone is talking about next week. Matthew McConaughey took home the award for Best Actor, while Cate Blanchett stunned in a win for Best Actress. Jared Leto started off the night with his Best Supporting Actor win, while Lupita Nyong’o — also from 12 Years — won Best Supporting Actress.
What did you think of 12 Years A Slave‘s big win, HollywoodLifers? Do you agree that it was the best picture of the year?
— Shaunna Murphy