12 Years a Slave Poster

Release Date: October 18th, 2013

DVD Release Date: March 4th, 2014

R|2 hr 14 min

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong'o

Director: Steve McQueen

Genres: Historical drama, Biography

Production Co: River Road, Plan B Entertainment, New Regency Pictures

Distributors: Fox Searchlight

Keywords: Revenge, Quest, Escape, Dark

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Awards

Nominated Directing
Winner Best Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Winner Best Picture
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)