"12 Years a Slave" is already stirring up Oscar buzz and deservedly so, this film offers the best of storytelling with a cast of actors that deliver powerful performances that transcend the audience into a different time and place. "12 Years a Slave" is based on a true story about Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York, who is abducted and sold into slavery during the pre-Civil War era in the United States.
Directed by Steve McQueen, and screenplay by John Ridley, "12 years a Slave" features an incredible cast led by Chiwetel Ejiofor who portrays the leading role of Solomon Northup. The cast also includes the youngest Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis from "Beasts of the Southern Wild," along with Oscar nominated actors Alfre Woodard and Brad Pitt. In addition, this film showcases the incredible talents of less known actors such as Lupita Nyong'o whose name you will surely hear again.