Top#1 topic. 12 Years a Slave. Tomorrow, on March 2 2014, once again, we’ll know the expected winners of the Academy awards. Predictions and more predictions and 12 Years a Slave vs The Wolf of Wall Street. Interesting movies both of them.
But 12 Years a Slave is much more sentimental and Hollywood loves touching films.
Slaves and their tragic story was not a Hollywood topic during the Golden years. We started to know about Slaves in books and TV series. Do you remember Kunta Kinte? Kunta Kinte or “Toby Waller” was a Gambian–born American slave at the beginning of the 19th century. His brave and sad bio was the basis for the novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley, and the TV series Roots starring LeVar Burton.
The TV series was a worldwide success, no doubt. However, it was The Color Purple (1985) by Steven Spielberg which brake every expectation. It had 11 Academy Awards nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Whoopi Goldberg and Best Supporting Actress for both Avery and Winfrey.
Afterwards, 12 years later, Steven Spielberg returned to the slaves topic with Amistad (1997). The film is about 1839 mutiny by captured Mende slaves. They took control of the ship La Amistad off the coast of Cuba. Then, a international legal battle followed their imprisonment by a USA revenue cutter.
However, in the last years, the topic is trend. Lincoln (2012 but released in 2013) by Steven Spielberg, Django unchained (2012 and released in 2013) by Quentin Tarantino and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) by Timur Bekmambetov are a good proof.
Any of this last movies have had the great success of The Color Purple. Otherwise, difficult to overcome.
Now, the die is cast! Everybody is watching “12 Years a Slave” by Steve McQueen, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o (what a beautiful girl!) and Brad Pitt.
We’ll see on March 2 2014.
“12 Years a Slave” tells the real story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, abducted and sold into slavery.