5 Reasons 12 Years A Slave Should Win Best Picture
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:
1. Historically, the academy has been partial to sweeping, antebellum epics, and 12 Years A Slave ticks both of those boxes (although I can’t imagine a film less like 1939 winner Gone With the Wind).
2. Hello, awards-season momentum: the film nabbed the ‘Best Drama’ Golden Globe this past Sunday.
3. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance as Solomon Northrup, the incredibly resilient man who spends over a decade in slavery, is a tour-de-force – and happens to have been nominated for the Best Actor statue as well.
4. Emerging it-girl (and red carpet breakout-star) Lupita Nyong’o got a Best Supporting Actress nom for her gut-wrenchingly raw performance as one of Northrup’s fellow slaves. Add this to a best supporting actor nod for Michael Fassbender, a best director nomination for Steve McQueen, and that’s what I call stacking the deck for Oscar success.
5. Benedict Cumberbatch is in it. (And all the Cumberbitches on the voting panel said ‘amen’)