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12 Years a Slave

(2013)

Rated R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality.

R In Theaters 10/18/2013 , 133min.
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Plot & Details

Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejifor as Solomon Northup, a free black man in 1840s America. He makes his living as a fiddle player, and his wife is a teacher. He is shanghaied by a pair of nefarious white men, and soon finds himself on a ship headed to New Orleans where he is informed he will be called Platt and is sold into slavery by an unscrupulous businessman (Paul Giamatti). As he toils away for the kindhearted but conflicted plantation owner Mr. Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), who recognizes that Platt is both educated and an artist, he butts head with Ford's underlings, especially the casually cruel Tibeats (Paul Dano). After they have a violent altercation, Ford fears for his slave's life and sells him to Mr. Epps (Michael Fassbender), an alcoholic sadist who owns a cotton plantation.Though Epps reads from the bible to his property, as he frequently refers to his slaves, he is himself not immune to sins of the flesh. He has taken the young Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o) - his best cotton picker -- as his lover, and this doesn't sit well at all with his severe wife (Sarah Paulson), whose particular hatred for blacks and her jealousy fuels her many degrading actions toward Patsey. Solomon bides his time, attempts to preserve a modicum of self-respect, and waits for the chance to reclaim his rightful name as well as his family.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2013 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Joe Walker Nominated
2013 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Production Design Adam Stockhausen Nominated
2013 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong'o Won
2013 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay John Ridley Won
2013 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Michael Fassbender Nominated
2013 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor Nominated
2013 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Steve McQueen Nominated
2013 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Production Design Alice Baker Nominated
2013 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Won
2013 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Pat Norris Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2013 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Music Hans Zimmer Nominated
2013 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor Won
2013 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Sean Bobbitt Nominated
2013 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay John Ridley Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2013 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Lupita Nyong'o Nominated
2013 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Michael Fassbender Nominated
2013 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Won
2013 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Chiwetel Ejiofor Nominated
2013 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Hans Zimmer Nominated
2013 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay John Ridley Nominated
2013 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Steve McQueen Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2013 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Music Hans Zimmer Nominated
2013 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor Won
2013 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Sean Bobbitt Nominated
2013 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay John Ridley Nominated

Detroit Film Critics Society

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2013 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong'o Nominated
2013 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor Nominated
2013 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Picture Nominated
2013 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2013 Directors Guild of America Best Director Steve McQueen Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2013 Independent Spirit Awards Best Feature Won
2013 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay John Ridley Won
2013 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female Lupita Nyong'o Won
2013 Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Chiwetel Ejiofor Nominated
2013 Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Steve McQueen Won
2013 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male Michael Fassbender Nominated
2013 Independent Spirit Awards Best Cinematography Sean Bobbitt Won

L.A. Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2013 L.A. Film Critics Association Special Citation Won
2013 L.A. Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong'o Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2013 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated
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