In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty at the hands of a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.
Winner, Golden Globe for Best Picture, Drama.
Nominated For Golden Globes: Best Actor - Drama (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Best Director (Steve McQueen), Best Screenplay, Best Original Score.
Nominated for Academy Awards (9): Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actor in a supporting role, Actress in a supporting role, Adapted screenplay, Editing in film, Art direction and Costume design.