Monday, March 3, 2014

McQueen 1st black director to win best film Oscar

The historical drama "12 Years a Slave" has made history by becoming the first movie by a black director to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced award winners at the annual ceremony in Hollywood on Sunday.

British director Steve McQueen's film is based on the true story of a free black man in America during the 1800s who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.

In his acceptance speech, McQueen dedicated the award to all people who have endured slavery.

The best director award went to Alfonso Cuaron for "Gravity."

The movie employs cutting-edge imaging technology to depict astronauts struggling to deal with an accident in space.

"Gravity" won 7 awards in all, the most among all nominated movies.

In an interview with NHK last Friday, McQueen said he wanted people to look at the history of slavery through his movie.

McQueen spoke about his ancestral connections with slavery. He said he is alive today because people who survived slavery and nourished their children through the atrocities wanted their children to live a better life in the future.

He acknowledged his movie has generated controversy because it deals with a horrible time in history.

But he added if people do not know the past, they will never know the future.