The film, written by John Ridley and directed by Steve McQueen, is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom.
In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Facing cruelty and unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but also to retain his dignity.
In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) changes his life forever..
The screenplay “12 Years a Slave” received widespread critical acclaim, and was named the best film of 2013 by several media outlets.
It proved to be a box office hit, earning over US$178 million on a production budget of US$18 million.
“12 years a Slave” won three Academy Awards including Best Picture (becoming the first film made by a black director or producer to receive the award), Best Supporting Actress for Nyong'o, and the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Ridley.
It was also awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts acknowledged the film with the Best Film and the Best Actor award for Ejiofor.