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The Best Picture Oscar goes to '12 Years a Slave'

The Oscar for Best Picture went to "12 Years a Slave," the acclaimed adaptation of Solomon Northup's memoir about being kidnapped into slavery.

Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup in "12 Years a Slave." Credit: Fox Searchlight Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup in "12 Years a Slave."
Credit: Fox Searchlight

The Oscar for Best Picture went to “12 Years a Slave,” a historical drama based on the memoir of Solomon Northup, a freed African American kidnapped into slavery in the 1840s.

The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Northup, as well as Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o as a fellow slave, and Michael Fassbender as Northup’s most sadistic plantation owner.

“12 Years a Slave” is the third acclaimed film in a row by British experimental filmmaker Steve McQueen. Previously, he made the IRA drama “Hunger” and the sex addiction film “Shame,” both starring Fassbender.

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“12 Years a Slave” currently stands at 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and 97 on Metacritic. It has so far earned $49 million at the North American box office, and another $78 in other countries.

It was also nominated for Best Actor (Ejiofor), Supporting Actor (Fassbender), Director, Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design, Editing and Production Design.

 
 
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