The film 12 Years A Slave has evoked strong opinions. Moviegoers and critics have raved about this telling of the tale about a New York State-born free Negro who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841, sold into slavery and worked on plantations in Louisiana for 12 years before his release. Awards committees are also cheering the film, directed by black British filmmaker Steve McQueen. With the awards season kicking off, the movie is already getting the accolades. It was just voted the best picture of the year by the New York Film Critics Online, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The critics’ group, which is not to be confused with the New York Film Critics Circle, also gave its best actor award to Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor and its best supporting actress award to the film’s Lupita Nyong’o.
These are just a few of the honors the film has won. It was named the top audience prize winner at the Toronto International Film Festival, and at the Hollywood Film Festival it won Breakthrough Directing and the New Hollywood Award went to Nyong’o.
On December 7th, it nearly swept the Boston Online Film Critics Association awards, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Score, Best Editing, and Best Ensemble. A day later, the film won several awards from the Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor.
Nyong’o garnered the Best Supporting Actress honor from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association while Steve McQueen was named Best Director by the New York Film Critics Circle.
The movie was also named by the American Film Institute as one of the top-10 movies of the year.
Next up: The Oscars!