12 Years a Slave Wins Best Picture Oscar

The cast and crew of 12 Years a Slave

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updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET

originally published 03/03/2014 AT 12:30 AM ET

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.

Brad Pitt, who was one of the producers on 12 Years, joined the cast and crew onstage to accept the award before handing over the mic to director Steve McQueen.

“Thank you for this incredible honor bestowed upon our film tonight,” Pitt said. “I know I speak for everyone standing behind me. It’s been an absolute privilege to work on Solomon’s story, and we all get to stand up here tonight because of one man who brought us together to tell that story. And that is the indomitable Steve McQueen.”