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The Academy seemed to be leaning toward "Gravity" for much of the evening Sunday, ultimately handing the film six Oscars, including the expected Best Director victory for Alfonso Cuarón. But while the Academy was busy throwing wins like Best Original Score, Best Film Editing and more the film's way, it was saving up the evening's top prize for "12 Years a Slave," making it the first film to win Best Picture that was directed by a black filmmaker. "Making a film can be a transformative experience, and I want to thank 'Gravity,' because for many of us making this film, it was a transformative experience," Cuarón — the first Latino winner in the category — said in acceptance. "And it's good, because otherwise it would have been a waste of time!" Said Steve McQueen in accepting the honor (which he shares with producers Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Anthony Katagas »

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