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12 Years a Slave (2013)

Benedict Cumberbatch as "William Ford"

In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life forever.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

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Benedict Cumberbatch's Reddit AMA: The 7 Answers That Won the Internet

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Julian Assange Writes Letter to Benedict Cumberbatch, Decries 'Toxic' 'Fifth Estate'

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Emma Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch Top Sexiest Movie Stars Poll

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'Crimson Peak': Tom Hiddleston to Replace Benedict Cumberbatch

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'Fifth Estate' Star Benedict Cumberbatch: 'I'm Sure Julian Assange Will Go After Me'

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