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12 Years a Slave

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Original title
12 Years a Slave (Twelve Years a Slave)
Running time
133 min.
United States United States
John Ridley. Biography: Solomon Northup
Hans Zimmer
Sean Bobbitt
Summit Entertainment, Plan B Entertainment, River Road Entertainment, Regency Enterprises, Film4 Productions. Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Drama | Based On A True Story. Biography. Slavery. Racism. 19th Century. Historical
Based on a true story, 12 YEARS A SLAVE is a riveting account of a free black man kidnapped and sold into brutal slavery in mid-1850s Louisiana, and the inspiring story of his desperate struggle to return home to his family. Solomon Northup, an educated black man with a gift for music, lives with his wife and children in New York. One day he awakens to find he has been drugged and being shipped to the South as a slave. Refusing to abandon hope, Solomon watches helplessly as those around him succumb to violence, crushing emotional abuse and hopelessness.
Rankings Position
2013: 3 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Screenplay and Supp. Actress. 9 nominations
2013: Golden Globes: Best Film (Drama). 7 nominations, including Best Director
2013: Toronto Film Festival: Best Film
2013: David di Donatello Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
2013: BAFTA Awards: Best Film & Best Actor (Ejiofor). 10 nominations
2013: Critics Choice: 3 awards, including Best Film. 13 nominations.
2013: National Board of Review (NBR): Top 10 Films
2013: American Film Institute: Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2013: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Director. 5 Nominations
2013: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Supp. Actress (Nyong'o)
2013: Gotham Awards: 3 nominations, including Best Film
2013: Independent Spirit Awads: 5 Awards, including Best Film. 7 Nominations
2013: Satellite Awards: Best Film & Best Director. 10 nominations
2013: Guldbagge Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
2013: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Best Film
2013: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
2013: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Nyong'o). 4 Nom
2013: 5 Chicago Film Critics Awards including, Best Picture. 11 Nominations
2013: 3 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, including Best Film. 4 Nominations
2013: San Francisco Film Critics Circle: 3 Awards, incl. Best Film. 9 Nominations
2014: Cesar Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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