Oscar Movies: 12 Years a Slave (2013)–Steve McQueen First Black Director-Producer of Best Picture

Steve McQueen’s slavery drama, 12 Years a Slave, was the surprise winner of the 2013 Best Picture Oscar.

The critically acclaim film proved to be a box office success worldwide, earning over $187 million on a production budget of $22 million.

Oscar Context

The film won three Oscar Awards:

Best Picture

Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o

Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley.


First Black Producer of Best Picture

The Best Picture win made McQueen the first black producer ever to have received the award and the first black director to have directed a Best Picture winner.

The film also was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) had previously honored it with its Best Film and Best Actor (for Ejiofor).