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Monday, March 3, 2014

12 Years a Slave Took Home Top Prize at Academy Awards

12 Years a Slave took home the top prize at the 86th Academy Awards, winning Best Picture and two other Oscars reports Blackfilm.com.  Directed by Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave also took home statuettes for best supporting actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and best adapted screenplay (John Ridley).  “It’s been an absolute privilege to work on Solomon [Northup]‘s story,” producer Brad Pitt said when he took the stage to accept the award, praising the “indomitable” McQueen. McQueen took the moment to thank Pitt, who he said without his support “the film would never have been made.”  12 Years a Slave took home the top prize at the 86th Academy Awards, winning Best Picture and two other Oscars.
On his first nomination, John Ridley won the adapted-screenplay prize for “12 Years a Slave,” from Solomon Northup’s memoir. Ridley became only the second black person to win an Oscar in the writing category, after Geoffrey Fletcher for “Precious,” states 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.

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