West London-born director Steve McQueen has triumphed at the 2014 Oscars, winning Best Picture for his critically acclaimed film 12 Years A Slave.

McQueen, 44, is a former pupil of Drayton Manor High School, and an alumni of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College as well as the Chelsea College of Art and Design. He enjoyed success as an artist before turning to film-making in 2008.

His powerful epic 12 Years A Slave tells the true story of Solomon Northup, who was born free but sold into slavery in Louisiana in the 19th Century, and has actor Chiwetel Ejiofor - who lost out to Matthew McConaughey in the Best Actor category in the lead role.

 

At Sunday night's awards in Los Angeles, McQueen dedicated the Best Film Oscar to 'all those people who have endured slavery'. He added: "Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup."

Teachers at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College are extremely proud of his success. A spokesman said: "The college is delighted to see one of our former students join the list of film making greats to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.

"It is always a huge pleasure to watch our students achieve in their chosen careers and Steve has been, even before this achievement, remarkably successful. 

"As an alumnus of the college, Steve's success is a testament to the vibrancy and creativity of the young people of west London."

getwestlondon recently charted McQueen's rise to prominence including his difficult formative years at school in west London . The film was also hotly tipped for Oscar success by our film reviewer Tim Cooke.

 

Here's a video of McQueen's Oscar speech.

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