12 Years A Slave
- Awards: 9 Academy Award Nominations (Won 3)
The craziest thing about 12 Years A Slave is that it is based on true events. Screenwriter John Ridley adapted the 1853 slave memoir of the same name written by Solomon Northup (published by David Wilson) to create the film’s script. Northup was born in New York, as a free African American man. However, in 1841 he was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. by two conmen who sold him into slavery. Upon being purchased, Northup was sent to work on a plantation in Louisiana where he remained for 12 years before being released.