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: Biography, Historical drama

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

Distributors: Fox Searchlight

Keywords: Escape, Quest, Revenge, Dark

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Awards

Winner Leading Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Original Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Directing
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Production Design
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Best Picture
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Writing (Adapted Screenplay)