The movie "12 Years A Slave," starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o, has won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 2014 Oscars.
The film, directed by Steve McQueen, beat nominees "Dallas Buyers Club," "Gravity," "American Hustle," "Her," "Nebraska," "Captain Phillips," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Philomena." The winners were announced at a live ceremony that took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and aired live on the ABC Network on Sunday, March 2.
Producer Brad Pitt, who also appears in the movie, and McQueen appeared on stage to accept the Oscar.
The movie "12 Years A Slave" is based on a true story and focuses on New York man Solomon Northup, played by Ejiofor. He is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the American South in 1841. Nyong'o plays a slave named Patsey and Michael Fassbender plays a cruel planter and slave owner.
The movie also features Sarah Paulson of the FX show "American Horror Story" and "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars in four films that received Oscar nominations this year.
"12 Years A Slave" was nominated for nine Oscars, including individual nods for Ejiofor, Nyong'o, Fassbender and McQueen -- who was also nominated for Best Directing. earlier, Nyong'o won the award for Best Supporting Actress.
Ejiofor, a British actor, Nyongo, who was born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, and Fassbender, who is from Germany, and McQueen, who is also British, had never been nominated for Oscars prior to this year.