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LOS ANGELES - Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama "12 Years a Slave" best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards.
Steve McQueen's slavery odyssey, based on Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir, has been hailed as a landmark corrective to the movie industry's long omission of slavery stories and years of whiter tales like 1940 best-picture winner "Gone With the Wind."
McQueen dedicated the honor to those who suffered slavery and "the 21 million who still endure slavery today."
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"Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live," said McQueen, who promptly bounced into the arms of his cast. "This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup."
A year after celebrating Ben Affleck's "Argo" over Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this time opted for stark realism over more plainly entertaining candidates like the 3-D space marvel "Gravity" and the starry 1970s caper "American Hustle."
Those two films came in as the leading nominee getters, and "Gravity" still triumphed as the night's top award-winner. Cleaning up in technical categories, it earned seven Oscars including best director for Alfonso Cuaron. The Mexican filmmaker is the category's first Latino winner.
But history belonged to "12 Years a Slave," a modestly budgeted drama produced by Pitt's production company, Plan B, that has made $50 million worldwide -- a far cry from the more than $700 million "Gravity" has hauled in. It marks the first time a film directed by a black filmmaker has won best picture. Its graceful breakthrough star, Lupita Nyong'o, also won best supporting actress and John Ridley won best adapted screenplay.
The Oscars fittingly spread the awards around, feting the starved stars of the Texas AIDS drama "Dallas Buyers Club," Matthew McConaughey (best actor) and Jared Leto (best supporting actor), and the Australian veteran Cate Blanchett for her fallen socialite in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" (best actress, her second Oscar).
The comedy, music, speeches and the awkward moments that captured the audience's attention.
Much of the chatter going into the Oscars was about the lack of diversity in the Academy's choices, specifically the dearth of nominations for "Selma."
J.K. Simmons took home his first Oscar Sunday night for his role in "Whiplash," but his speech was more about familial advice than chair-throwing.
The late Joan Rivers was noticeably absent from the Oscars' in memoriam segment. Here's why.
They seem an unlikely pair, but Lady Gaga and Julie Andrews made a "Sound of Music" tribute incredible and emotional at the Academy Awards.
Graham Moore's Oscars inspiring acceptance speech got a standing ovation and moved all of us to tears.
Oprah saved us from pure boredom at the Oscars Sunday night. Here are all the ways O injected life into the Academy Awards.
Redmayne's best actor win for "The Theory of Everything" was kind of a surprise. Luckily, he managed to win the crowd over with his speech.
Neil Patrick Harris opened the 2015 Oscars with a musical number. And it was just as awesome as we hoped it would be.