Caribbean Briton-born director of ’12 Years A Slave,’ Steve McQueen had every reason to celebrate Sunday night at the Oscar’s as he had made history, becoming the first black director to win the film industry’s top honor in the 86 years of the Academy Awards. McQueen may not have won the director honor but alas the film picked up the night’s top honor, ‘Best Picture of the Year,’ sending the man born to a Grenadian father and Trinidadian mother and the entire cast into celebration and making him the first black director to win the top honor in the history of the Academy.
He jumped up and down on the stage after nervously thanking those who made it possible Sunday night.
McQueen dedicated the award to all former slaves and the thousands who are still enslaved around the world today. And he took the opportunity to thank his mom, who stood up and waved in the audience.
Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup. I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery, and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today.