'12 Years a Slave' wins best picture at Oscars

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (L-R) Producers Anthony

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (L-R) Producers Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner, Brad Pitt and director Steve McQueen, winners of Best Picture for "12 Years a Slave", pose in the press room during the Oscars at Loews Hollywood Hotel. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) (Credit: Getty Images / Jason Merritt)

(AP) -- 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...

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