'12 Years a Slave' wins best picture Oscar

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Posted: Mar 03, 2014 12:02 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The searing slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" has won the Academy Award for best picture.

Directed by British director Steve McQueen, the film is based on a true story and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free man who was kidnapped into slavery in the South. It is the first film directed by a black filmmaker to win the best picture Oscar.

Other nominees Sunday were: "American Hustle," ''Captain Phillips," ''Dallas Buyers Club," ''Gravity," ''Her," ''Nebraska," ''Philomena," and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

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