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If You Haven’t Seen It: 12 Years A Slave is the Steve McQueen-directed flick that tells the story of a man kidnapped into slavery in the pre-Civil War South, the utter horror of his time in captivity, and his eventual escape.

Read on for the five reasons it’s got ‘Best Picture Winner’ written all over it: