Director Steve McQueen, winner of BAFTA's Best Film award. None: Anthony Harvey/ Getty Images
Mon, Feb 17, 2014 10:31 AM EST

Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" took home the British Academy of Film and Television Award's prize for best film.

In his acceptance speech, McQueen put the film in political context. "Right now there are 21 million people in slavery," the director said. "I just hope that 150 years from now our ambivalence will not allow another film-maker to make this film."

British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor  won the award for best actor for his portrayal of Solomon Northup, a black man who was born free and later sold into slavery.

(h/t BBC)