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Entertainment: Best Picture “12 Years a Slave “

by Glen Maldonado

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This years Oscars for best motion picture are filled with big movies like Gravity, Captain Philips, and The Wolf of Wall Street. We shouldn’t forget the smaller films, though there budgets were small and profits small. They had the best stories to tell and told them with the upmost talented people. One film in particular that has been nominated 143 times and has won 104 awards including Best Picture at the Golden Globes is 12 years a slave. A true story about a man named Solomon Northup, who was born a free man and was kidnapped and sold into slavery. He was a slave in Louisiana for 12 years in till he was finally released. The film begins in 1841 with Solomon in New York with his wife and 2 children. He is hired to play violin for 2 weeks and in those 2 weeks he was drugged and sold into slavery. The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (2012, Children of Men, American Gangster) Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds, Prometheus, X-men First Class) Lupita Nyong’o (Non-Stop) Brad Pitt (Fight Club, World War Z, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).  The cast has been nominated for the performance in the film but only Lupita Nyong’o has won a Screen Actors Guild Award. If I can review this film with one sentence this is what I would say. 12 Years brings a true story to life with a talented cast and a great director, the emotions we can only imagine must have been brutal but with Chiwetel Ejiofor acting I was able to feel Solomon Northup pain and root for him. I predict that 12 Years will win best picture at the Oscars.  12 Years a Slave is still in select theaters and make sure to catch the film before the Oscars on March 2 at 4pm on ABC. For more Reviews and up to date information on upcoming and classic films listen to Glen’s Movie Review on Sundays and Tuesdays From 7pm to 9pm at

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