Director: Steve McQueen
Writers: John Ridley, Solomon Northup
Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor (Solomon Northup), Michael Fassbender (Edwin Epps), Lupita Nyong'o (Patsey), Benedict Cumberbatch (Ford)
12 Years a Slave was the heavy-hitting drama of 2013. The movie was based on the true story and memoir of Solomon Northup, a free-man who was forcibly sold into slavery in 1841. Northup spent the next 12 years moving between owners, asserting his freedom, and trying to get back to his family in New York.
The movie featured some amazing performances all-around. Ejiofor, Fassbender and Cumberbatch are all expectedly incredible; Paul Dano further shows his rise as an actor; and Lupito Nyong'o not only turned out a great break-out performance, she also earned herself an Academy Award. The movie also won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Adapted screenplay.
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