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SNL spoofs "12 Years a Slave" audition process night before Oscars

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Although the subject matter of 12 Years a Slave is no laughing matter, when Saturday Night Live (SNL) spoofed the audition process of the Oscar winning film the night before the Academy Awards, it was well received.

SNL cast member Kenan Thompson portrayed film director Steve McQueen, while other cast members, along with guest host Jim Parsons from Big Bang Theory, participated in the mock audition process.

The sketch portrayed the uneasiness and extreme awkwardness that white actors experienced when auditioning for slave owner roles.

Lupita Nyong’o, winner of best supporting actress, discussed the actual audition process in this month’s issue of Essence.

She stated she had several grueling auditions, and one included her delivering lines on her knees for more than an hour.

It was an emotional and historical Oscar night for Steve McQueen as he became the first black director to ever win an Academy Award.

The British director took home the award for best picture and best adapted screenplay based on the memoir of Solomon Northup, a free man tricked and sold into slavery in Louisiana.