12 Years A Slave: from NOW’s cover to Oscar

We have no problem saying that we saw 12 Years A Slave's best-picture Oscar coming. NOW screened the film and.


We have no problem saying that we saw 12 Years A Slave’s best-picture Oscar coming. NOW screened the film and immediately chose star Chiwetel Ejiofor for our high-impact TIFF cover on September 5, 2013.

In that story, director Steve McQueen compares the actor’s dignity in the role of the free man sold into slavery with the qualities of Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier. Ejiofor talks about researching the role, first by closely reading the screenplay’s source material, Solomon Northup’s memoir, and then by heading to Africa to walk in slaves’ footsteps. nowtoronto.com

Though nominee Ejiofor didn’t get the best-actor Oscar, the movie copped the night’s biggest prize. We’re not surprised.

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