(LATIMES) — “12 Years A Slave” won best picture at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, a poignant victory for the harrowing look at slavery in the United States.

Brad Pitt, one of the producers and stars, accepted the honor and then handed off accepting duties to director and fellow producer Steve McQueen.

“Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live,” said the British filmmaker. “I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery” and to those who still suffer in slavery today. Besides best picture, the film received Oscars for John Ridley for adapted screenplay and newcomer Lupita Nyong’o for supporting actress.

However, the big winner was the lost-in-space thriller “Gravity,” which won seven Oscars. That tally included directing honors for Alfonso Cuaron, who made history by becoming the first Latin American filmmaker to win in that category. “Gravity” also won for original score, cinematography, editing, visual effects, sound mixing and sound editing.

Note: Read our discussion guidelines before commenting.