Another big win for Oscar-contender, “12 Years a Slave.” The brutal depiction of slavery in America won the top honor of outstanding motion picture of 2013 at the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Other wins for the film: Steve McQueen for director, Lupita Nyong’o for supporting actress, and John Ridley for outstanding writing for a motion picture.
Forest Whitaker took home the award for outstanding actor in a motion picture for “Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’” and David Oyelowo picked up the trophy for his supporting role in that movie as well. The outstanding actress in a motion picture award went to Angela Bassett for her role in “Black Nativity.”
“12 Years a Slave” has nine Oscar nominations including Best Motion Picture. The film is in a tight race for that top honor with “American Hustle” and “Gravity,” which received 10 nominations each. The 86th Academy Awards ceremony is Sunday March 2.
More on the NAACP Image Awards including the full list of winners here.