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12 Years a Slave (30-Aug-2013)

Director: Steve McQueen

Writer: John Ridley

Based on a book: Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

Keywords: Drama, Biography

Biographical drama tells the story of an antebellum-era free black man's abduction and sale into slavery.

Solomon Northup, a free black man from Saratoga Springs, New York, is lured to Washington, D.C. in 1841 with promises of a tantalizing job offer and subsequently abducted. Sold into slavery, Northup is forced to work on a Louisiana plantation for twelve years until a chance encounter with a white abolitionist from Canada leads to his freedom after New York state officials decide to intervene. Won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay; nominated for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Benedict Cumberbatch
19-Jul-1976   BBC's Sherlock Holmes
Paul Dano
19-Jun-1983   Little Miss Sunshine
Garret Dillahunt
24-Nov-1964   Burt Chance on Raising Hope
Chiwetel Ejiofor
10-Jul-1974   Dirty Pretty Things
Michael Fassbender
2-Apr-1977   Centurion
Paul Giamatti
6-Jun-1967   John Adams
Lupita Nyong'o
1-Mar-1983   12 Years a Slave
Sarah Paulson
17-Dec-1974   Down with Love
Brad Pitt
18-Dec-1963   Ocean's Eleven
Alfre Woodard
8-Nov-1953   K-PAX


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