Oscars: Slave and Gravity Share Academy Spoils!

Historical drama 12 Years a Slave has won best picture at the 86th Academy Awards, while space drama Gravity won the lion’s share of awards.

Gravity’s Alfonso Cuaron became the first Latin American to win the best director award, adding to the film’s six Oscars for technical achievement.

Steve McQueen, the British director of 12 Years a Slave, dedicated the best picture Oscar to “all those people who have endured slavery”.

“Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live,” he said. “This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup.”

Based on a true story, it follows the life of a free black man – Northup – who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana.

Producer Brad Pitt praised “the indomitable Mr McQueen” – a Turner Prize-winning artist-turned-director – for “bringing them all together” to tell Northup’s story.