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Oscars: How ’12 Years a Slave’ Won the Big One

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Mar 03 (TheWrap.com) - It wasn’t the kind of uplifting, commercial movie the Academy has been going for in recent years.

Anecdotal evidence said it was too brutal and harrowing for some squeamish voters to even watch.

Its chief rival had made five times as much money, had a better Rotten Tomatoes rating and went into the final award of the night having won five more Academy Awards.

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