For BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA, the Golden Globe is awarded to “12 YEARS A SLAVE”, produced by Plan B Entertainment, New Regency Productions and River Road Entertainment; Fox Searchlight Pictures. Lupita Nyong’o, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Steve McQueen, Sarah Polley and Michael Fassbender pose with the award backstage in the press room at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, January 12, 2014. Photo|Caption Credit – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Press Room 2014
“12 Years a Slave” won in the “Best Picture – Drama” category at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards, nabbing the top award of the evening.
The acclaimed film, which received seven Golden Globe nominations, recounts the harrowing true story of Solomon Northrup, a freed slave from upstate New York who is kidnapped and sold into slavery for 12 years.
Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor received a nomination for ‘Best Actor in a Drama’ for his portrayal of Solomon Northrup, but the Golden Globe went to Matthew McConaughey for his performance in the Dallas Buyers Club.
“12 Years a Slave” was directed by producer/filmmaker, Steve McQueen, and based on an autobiography by Northrup written in 1853 after regaining his freedom.
If you missed it on the bigscreen, it is a recommended “must-see” when released on DVD.
Chiwetel Ejiofor masterfully depicts Solomon Northrup’s heart rending struggle to reclaim his freedom after being kidnapped and sold into slavery for more than a decade.
The film’s historical account of Northrup’s harrowing experience, difficult to watch at times because of the raw and graphic depictions of the brutal treatment of slaves in the era, provide a painfully eye-opening up-close look at the unimaginable horror Northrup feels as his freedom is stripped from him before his eyes.
The London-born actor said it was a “gift” to be a part of what he described as an “amazing project” according to nominee reactions posted on the Golden Globes website.