12 Years a Slave Wins Best Picture Oscar

And the final award of the night went to 12 Years a Slave.

The gut-wrenching drama about Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and forced into slavery, defeated eight films to win Best Picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday.

It was up against American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena and The Wolf of Wall Street.


Judi Dench Will Be in India on Oscar Night

Prior filming commitments will keep Oscar nominee Judi Dench from attending Sunday night’s Academy Award ceremonies, PEOPLE has confirmed.

Dench, who is nominated for best actress for her touching role in Philomena, is working in India on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 and cannot make the trip for Sunday evening’s telecast, according to Fox Searchlight, the studio behind the new sequel.

Oscars Infographic: If the Best Picture Race Was a Great American Road Trip

The road to Oscar glory can be a long one, but it can also be a trip – maybe even a road trip.

This year’s pack of Best Picture nominees span multiple iconic locations across the United States, from the East Coast thrills of The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle to the West Coast melancholy of Her and beyond (Gravity). Follow along on the map above, as we trace the nominees’ onscreen locations and origins, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself experiencing some wanderlust.


Beyond Philomena: An American Woman's Amazing Reunion with Her Irish Birth Mom

The Real Philomena: How She Found Hope After Heartbreak

Of all the real-life stories around this year’s Academy Awards, few are as inspirational as that of Philomena Lee.

The modest, soft-spoken Irish nurse, now 80, whose book was adapted into the hit movie Philomena, will be among the honored guests at Sunday’s Oscars. After all, the movie is nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, and Judi Dench, who plays Lee, is up for Best Actress.

Top 10 Movies of 2013: From Enough Said to 12 Years a Slave

See This/Skip That: From Catching Fire to Delivery Man

Jennifer Lawrence returns in the phenomenal Catching Fire, but that’s not the weekend’s only terrific offering, says PEOPLE’s critic.

From The Hunger Games to Philomena, here’s what to see and what to skip at the movies.