12 Years a Slave
Winner of the Oscar(R) for 2013 Best Picture, this fact-based drama provides an unflinching depiction of American slavery like no other film before. Based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, the film details the story of the free black man from the North who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841, spending 12 years suffering at the hands of cruel Southern plantation owners. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Northup in a stirring performance that earned him a Best Actor Oscar(R) nomination. Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o (who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar(R)), Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt and Alfre Woodard co-star. Directed by Steve McQueen; screenplay by John Ridley.
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