12 Years a Slave

Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
Directors Guild of America
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Academy Awards
12 YEARS A SLAVE is easily the greatest feature film ever made about American slavery.


12 Years a Slave

Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life. Lupita Nyong'o co-stars. Directed by Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame).

An Oscar winner for Best Picture, Supporting Actress and Adapted Screenplay and nominee for Actor, Supporting Actor, Costume Design, Directing, Editing and Production Design.

A Golden Globe winner for Best Picture and nominee for Director, Actor (Ejiofor), Supporting Actor and Actress (Fassbender and Nyong'o), Screenplay and Score.

A Directors Guild of America nominee for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film.
Bio-pic, Drama, History
Steve McQueen
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Garret Dillahunt, Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry
Winner, Best Director, New York Film Critics Circle
Nominee, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, Directors Guild of America
Winner, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Academy Awards
Winner, Best Picture, Academy Awards
Winner, Best Adapted Screenplay, Academy Awards
Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“12 Years a Slave” isn’t the first movie about slavery in the United States — but it may be the one that finally makes it impossible for American cinema to continue to sell the ugly lies it’s been hawking for more than a century. Written by John Ridley and directed by Steve McQueen, it tells the ...

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