The powerful, hard-hitting "12 Years a Slave" was widely regarded as one of the year's best movies, but as the evening wore on, the film kept losing awards to others. By the time the night's final award was about to be handed out, the cast and crew of this slavery drama had all but given up hope. But then the final surprise of the night came when Johnny Depp read their name and the group, led by director Steve McQueen, came to the stage, understandably relieved and energized.
Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times
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