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'12 Years a Slave' Wins Best Picture Oscar

Updated: 03/02/2014 11:07 PM
Created: 03/02/2014 11:05 PM WDIO.com

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The searing slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" has won the Academy Award for best picture.

Directed by British director Steve McQueen, the film is based on a true story and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free man who was kidnapped into slavery in the South. It is the first film directed by a black filmmaker to win the best picture Oscar.

Other nominees Sunday were: "American Hustle," ''Captain Phillips," ''Dallas Buyers Club," ''Gravity," ''Her," ''Nebraska," ''Philomena," and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

'Frozen' wins Oscar for animated feature film

Disney's fairytale musical "Frozen" has won the Oscar for best animated feature.

The 3-D film about a magically icy princess and her sister was directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, with voicing by Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Josh Gad. It's loosely based on the 19th century Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, "The Snow Queen," and features the catchy tween anthem "Let It Go."

Other nominees Sunday were: "The Croods"; "Despicable Me 2"; "Ernest & Celestine"; and "The Wind Rises.

'Let It Go' wins Oscar for original song

"Let It Go" from the Disney musical "Frozen" has won the Academy Award for best original song.

The song, a catchy anthem sung by veteran Broadway songstress Idina Menzel and adored by countless young girls, many of whom are singing in it their own YouTube videos, has helped propel "Frozen" to become a huge hit. It was written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Other nominees Sunday were: "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2," ''The Moon Song" from "Her," and "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."

'Great Beauty' wins best foreign language Oscar

"The Great Beauty," an Italian film hailed as an ode to Federico Fellini's 1960 film "La Dolce Vita," has won the Oscar for best foreign language film.

The movie, heavily favored since winning awards from the Golden Globes and British Academy, follows Jep Gambardella, who at age 65 begins to re-examine the luxuriant life he's led in Rome.

'20 Feet from Stardom' wins documentary Oscar

"20 Feet from Stardom," a documentary puts the spotlight on backup singers, has won the Oscar for best documentary feature.

The film, directed by Emmy-award winner Morgan Neville, takes a look at the singers who come of age amid the careers of luminaries like Ray Charles, Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder.

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