Director’s Guild fêtes ’12 Years A Slave’

10/16/2013 7:25 pm0 commentsViews: 17

By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer

Trailing early Oscar buzz and winner of the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival, the stars came out for a red carpet screening of “12 Years A Slave” on Monday night.

The film is based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northup, a free Black man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., after being lured from Saratoga Springs, New York in 1841and sold into slavery. He worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before his release.

The event, held at the Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd., featured the movie’s talent and special guests.

They included stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and Alfre Woodard and director Steve McQueen (“Shame”). Meanwhile, the likes of Russell Simmons, Lou Gossett Jr. and Omari Hardwick were part of the celebrity audience.

“This book found me,” said McQueen. “It’s an amazing story that I wanted to tell.”

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Center, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Steve McQueen and Alfre Woodard. Olu AlemoruThe Independent

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