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12 Years a Slave Details

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Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejifor as Solomon Northup, a free black man in 1840s America. He makes his living as a fiddle player, and his wife is a teacher. He is shanghaied by a pair of nefarious white men, and soon finds himself on a ship headed to New Orleans where he is informed he will be called Platt and is sold into slavery by an unscrupulous businessman (Paul Giamatti). As he toils away for the kindhearted but conflicted plantation owner Mr. Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), who recognizes that Platt is both educated and an artist, he butts head with Ford's underlings, especially the casually cruel Tibeats (Paul Dano). After they have a violent altercation, Ford fears for his slave's life and sells him to Mr. Epps (Michael Fassbender), an alcoholic sadist who owns a cotton plantation.Though Epps reads from the bible to his property, as he frequently refers to his slaves, he is himself not immune to sins of the flesh. He has taken the young Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o) - his best cotton picker -- as his lover, and this doesn't sit well at all with his severe wife (Sarah Paulson), whose particular hatred for blacks and her jealousy fuels her many degrading actions toward Patsey. Solomon bides his time, attempts to preserve a modicum of self-respect, and waits for the chance to reclaim his rightful name as well as his family. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

  • Release date:October 18, 2013

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Screen Actors Guild Michael Fassbender Best Supporting Actor 2013 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Michael Fassbender Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2013 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Fassbender Best Supporting Actor 2013 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Michael Fassbender Best Supporting Male 2013 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Sean Bobbitt Best Cinematography 2013 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Sean Bobbitt Best Cinematography 2013 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Hans Zimmer Best Original Music 2013 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Hans Zimmer Best Original Score 2013 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Ridley Best Adapted Screenplay 2013 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards John Ridley Best Screenplay 2013 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts John Ridley Best Adapted Screenplay 2013 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Ridley Best Screenplay 2013 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Steve McQueen Best Director 2013 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Steve McQueen Best Director 2013 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Steve McQueen Best Director 2013 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steve McQueen Best Director 2013 Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle Steve McQueen Best Director 2013 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Adam Stockhausen Best Production Design 2013 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joe Walker Best Editing 2013 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Chiwetel Ejiofor Best Actor 2013 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Chiwetel Ejiofor Best Actor 2013 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Chiwetel Ejiofor Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2013 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society Chiwetel Ejiofor Best Actor 2013 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Chiwetel Ejiofor Best Actor 2013 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Chiwetel Ejiofor Best Male Lead 2013 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alice Baker Best Production Design 2013 Nominee

Cast

Chiwetel Ejiofor
as Solomon Northup
Michael Fassbender
as Edwin Epps
Brad Pitt
as Bass
Benedict Cumberbatch
as Ford
Paul Giamatti
as Freeman
Sarah Paulson
as Mistress Epps
Paul Dano
as Tibeats
Alfre Woodard
as Mistress Shaw
Michael Kenneth Williams
as Robert
Scoot McNairy
as Brown
Garret Dillahunt
as Armsby
Dwight Henry
as Uncle Abram
Bryan Batt
as Judge Turner
Kelsey Scott
as Anne Northup
Quvenzhané Wallis
as Margaret Northup (adult)
Tony Bentley
as Mr. Moon
Taran Killam
as Hamilton
Christopher Berry
as Burch
Bill Camp
as Radburn
Chris Chalk
as Clemens
Adepero Oduye
as Eliza
Marc Macaulay
as Captain
Douglas M. Griffin
as Sailor
Richard Holden
as Fitzgerald
Robert Steinberg
as Parker
Anwan Glover
as Cape
J.D. Evermore
as Chapin

Crew

Steve McQueen
Director
Steve McQueen
Producer
Brad Pitt
Producer
Jeremy Kleiner
Producer
Bill Pohlad
Producer
Dede Gardner
Producer
Anthony Katagas
Producer
Arnon Milchan
Producer
John Ridley
Screenwriter
Sean Bobbitt
Cinematographer
Hans Zimmer
Composer (Music Score)
Joe Walker
Editor
Adam Stockhausen
Production Designer
David Stein
Art Director
Tessa Ross
Executive Producer
John Ridley
Executive Producer
Carl Sprague
Set Designer
Jim Wallis
Set Designer
Andrée Fortier
Costume Designer
Alice Baker
Set Decorator
Leslie Shatz
Sound/Sound Designer
Doug Torres
First Assistant Director
Sean Bobbitt
Camera Operator
Francine Maisler
Casting
Anthony Katagas
Unit Production Manager
Denise Pugh-Ruiz
Makeup
James Roque
Second Assistant Director
Kirk H. Francis
Production Sound Mixer
Dottie Starling
Visual Effects Supervisor
James Masi
Post Production Supervisor
Leslie Shatz
Re-Recording Mixer
Adruitha Lee
Department Head Hair
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