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12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen

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Film Synopsis

Solomon Northup, a free black man living with his wife and children in New York in 1841, is tricked by slave traders into traveling to Washington, D.C., where he is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Sent to Louisiana, he experiences the violence and degradation of life as a slave while clinging to the hope that he will someday regain his freedom.


Academy Awards History

Including his nomination this year for Best Picture for 12 YEARS A SLAVE, this is the second Academy Award nomination for Steve McQueen.

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