The slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday, and became the first movie from a black director to win the honor.
British director Steve McQueen’s portrayal of pre-Civil War American slavery also won two other Oscars, including best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong’o and John Ridley won for best adapted screenplay based on the memoir of Solomon Northup, a free man sold into slavery in Louisiana.
“Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon,” McQueen said. “I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today.”
McQueen also won the best director and best feature award at the Independent Spirit Awards, Saturday night.