"12 Years a Slave" makes history with best picture Oscar.
(FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES) - The slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday (March 02), making history as the first movie from a black director to win the film industry's highest honor in 86 years of the Oscars.
"12 Years a Slave," prevailed over space thriller "Gravity" from Mexican filmmakerAlfonso Cuaron, which nevertheless racked up the most Oscars of the night with seven, including the best director honor for Cuaron, a first for a Latin American director.
The film starring Sandra Bullock as an astronaut lost in space swept the technical awards like visual effects and cinematography, a reward for its groundbreaking work on conveying space and weightlessness.
It was a good night for the scrappy, low-budget film "Dallas Buyers Club," a biopic of an early AIDS activist two decades in the making that won three Oscars, including the two male acting awards.
Matthew McConaughey, in a validation of a remarkable career turnaround, won best actor for his portrayal of the homophobe turned AIDS victim turned treatment crusader Ron Woodroof, a role for which he lost 50 pounds (23 kg).
The tale of Nordic princesses, "Frozen," won best animated film, a first for DisneyAnimation Studios since the category was introduced in 2002, and its girl-power anthem "Let It Go" won best original song.