– Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o Grab Attention at The Oscar Nominations –
The 86th Academy Awards nominations are out; Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyongo’s performance does not go unnoticed! Director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave received an impressive 9 nominations for the biggest movie event of the year.
“12 Years A Slave” 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 (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.
Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, and Alfre Woodard.”
NOVEL “TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE” REVIEW FROM FAMOUS BLACK ORATOR, FORMER SLAVE, ABOLITIONIST, FREDERICK DOUGLASS: “It is a strange history; its truth is far greater than fiction. Think of it. For thirty years a man, with all a man’s hopes, fears and aspirations – with a wife and children who call him by the endearing names of husband and father – with a home, humble it may be, but still a home, beneath the shelter of whose roof none had a right to molest or make him afraid. Then for twelve years a thing, a chattel personal, classed with mules and horses, and treated with less consideration than they, torn from his home and family, and the free labor by which he earned their bread, and driven into unremitting, unrequited toil in a cotton field, under a burning Southern sun, by the lash of an inhuman master. It is horrible. It chills the blood to think that such are.” – Frederick Douglass, 1853 (www.TwelveYearsASlave.org)
Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress
Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor
Steve McQueen for Best Director
The Academy Awards will air live on ABC on March 2, starting at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time /4 p.m. Pacific Time.