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Oscars 2014: '12 Years a Slave' wins best picture
Oscars 2014: '12 Years a Slave' wins best picture

Capping one of the tightest races in recent Academy Awards history, director Steve McQueen’s searing survival tale “12 Years a Slave” won the best picture Oscar, beating out “American Hustle” and “Gravity.” Adapted by McQueen and screenwriter John Ridley from Solomon Northup’s 19th century memoir, the film tells the true story of a free black man living in New York who is drugged, kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana. Owing largely to its often graphic depictions of lynching, whipping and rape — “Either I was going to make a movie about slavery or I wasn’t,” McQueen said — the film proved difficult to...

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