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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 83
Notable as: Biographical film, Award-Winning WorkGenre: Biographical film, Historical drama, DramaMain subject: slavery in the United States, racismNarrative location: Louisiana, New York CityRuntime: 133 - 134 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United Kingdom, United StatesFilming location: New OrleansDirector: Steve McQueenScreenwriter: John Ridley, Solomon NorthupBased on: Twelve Years a SlaveMusic: Hans ZimmerCinematography: Sean BobbittStars: Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah Paulson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy Producer: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Bill Pohlad, Arnon MilchanStudio: Plan B Entertainment, Film4 Productions, Regency Enterprises, Summit EntertainmentAwards won: AACTA International Award for Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Steve McQueen)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley)
BAFTA Award for Best Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Film
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama (Steve McQueen)
Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt)
Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay (John Ridley)
People's Choice Audience award from the Toronto International Film Festival
Satellite Award for Best Film
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor)
Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Academy Award for Best Director (Steve McQueen)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Joe Walker)
Academy Award for Best Production Design
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

12 Years a Slave is a 2013 historical drama film and an adaptation of the 1853 slave narrative memoir Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and sold into slavery. Northup worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for twelve years before his release. The first scholarly edition of Northup's memoir, co-edited in 1968 by Sue Eakin and Joseph Logsdon, carefully retraced and validated the account and concluded it to be accurate. Other characters in the film were also real people, including Edwin and Mary Epps, and Patsey. This is the third feature film directed by Steve McQueen. The screenplay was written by John Ridley. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup. Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, and Alfre Woodard are all featured in supporting roles. Principal photography took place in New Orleans, Louisiana, from June 27 to August 13, 2012. The locations used were four historic antebellum plantations: Felicity, Bocage, Destrehan, and Magnolia.


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