Monday, March 3, 2014
12 Years a Slave Took Home Top Prize at Academy Awards
Variety. The award-winning screenwriter is also the author of seven novels and three graphic novels. His well-known work includes Oliver Stone‘s U-Turn, David O. Russell’s Three Kings and the George Lucas-produced Red Tails. 12 Years a Slave, set years before the Civil War, follows the story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one owner (Michael Fassbender), he finds kindness from another, as he struggles to survive and maintain his dignity. In the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon’s life.
Sidebar: Congrats! So glad they won.