December 5, 2013 |
"12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" became the best picture front-runners after flooring audiences at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals, and little has changed in the ensuing weeks. Naturally, then, given their estimable craft, both movies are also leading the way in the director and cinematographer races. The key category to watch: original screenplay. If "Gravity's" outer-space tale of spiritual rebirth can land a nomination in that competitive group, it will signal the movie has the kind of broad appeal needed to carry it to a best picture win. Here's how the races for director, cinematography and original and adapted screenplay are shaping up on the eve of the L.A. unveiling of the season's final puzzle piece, Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street.
January 29, 2014 |
Sue Monk Kidd writes that her first encounter with Sarah and Angelina Grimké came during an exhibition of Judy Chicago's artwork "The Dinner Party" in 2007. The sisters are included in a list of 999 important women in history and mythology, their names inscribed on the "Heritage Floor" of the installation. Kidd, author of "The Secret Life of Bees" and "The Mermaid Chair," writes that she was startled to discover the sisters were from Charleston, S.C., her home at the time. The Grimkés, she learned, were abolitionists and "among the earliest major American feminist thinkers.
March 3, 2014 |
In the end, Oscar voters couldn't truly avert their gaze from "12 Years a Slave. " Even though many Oscar voters found filmmaker Steve McQueen's searing chronicle of enslavement almost too harrowing to watch, "12 Years a Slave" prevailed Sunday to win the best picture trophy in one of the closest contests in modern Academy Awards history. In a ceremony in which the space thriller "Gravity" collected a leading seven statuettes - including the first directing Oscar won by a Mexican-born filmmaker - the biggest honor went to the true-life account of the kidnapping and auctioning of Solomon Northup, a New York freeman bartered as a Louisiana cotton picker.
July 15, 2013 |
"I don't want to survive," Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) says in "12 Years a Slave," the new film from British director Steve McQueen. "I want to live. " Based on a true story of a free man who is abducted from the North and sold into slavery in the South, the Fox Searchlight film costars Michael Fassbender, the lead in both McQueen's "Hunger" and "Shame," as a sadistic slave owner as comfortable quoting Scripture as brandishing a whip. The trailer makes it clear that this is a far bleaker -- and more realistic -- tale than "Django Unchained.
October 15, 2013 |
The seventh annual Envelope Screening Series opens Tuesday night with the acclaimed historical drama "12 Years a Slave" from director Steve McQueen. The film, based on the account of Solomon Northrup, a free black man in the pre-Civil War North who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Antebellum South, has connected with festival audiences and received a standing ovation from academy members at a screening on Sunday. Harrowing in its depiction of slavery, the film has been called by many awards watchers an Oscar front-runner for best picture.
February 9, 2014 |
"12 Years a Slave" on Saturday evening won the 26th USC Libraries Scripter Award honoring the year's best adapted screenplay as well as the author of the work on which it's based. Screenwriter John Ridley shared the award with relatives of Solomon Northup, who published his memoir in 1853. "12 Years a Slave" was in competition with "Captain Phillips," "Philomena," "The Spectacular Now" and "What Maisie Knew. " "12 Years a Slave," which won the Golden Globe for best dramatic film and tied for top prize with "Gravity" at the Producers Guild Awards last month, is nominated for nine Academy Awards including film, director (Steve McQueen)