The 50-year-old ubiquitous face of Tinsel Town took the podium first after it was announced that 12 Years had beat out the likes of Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (who took the Best Director nod), Spike Jonze’s Her and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.
It didn’t come as a surprise when 12 Years a Slave took home Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards — it was the favored pick for the biggest award of the night — but it was still a delight to see the cast and crew pile up on stage to accept the award.
Producer and co-star Brad Pitt took the mic first: ”I know I speak for everyone standing behind me that it’s been an absolute privilege to work on Solomon [Northrup]‘s story,” he said. “And we all get to stand up here tonight because of one man who brought us all together to tell that story, and that is the indomitable Mr. Steve McQueen.”
McQueen took over, first returning the gratitude to Pitt — “Without him, this film would not have been made,” he said — then going on to thank his industry cohorts, most of whom were female. “I have all women in my life,” he said. “They’re all the most powerful.”
John Ridley also took home the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, hammering home 12 Years a Slave’s excellence in a transitional period where it appears Hollywood has an infatuation with slavery movies. Actress Lupita Nyong’o also won big for the film as the Best Supporting Actress.
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