12 YEARS A SLAVE Named Best Picture by Black Film Critics Circle; Full Winner's List Announced

The Black Film Critics Circle has named "12 Years a Slave" the best film of the year. The Steve McQueen's drama picked up five prizes including Best Director and Best Actor for film star Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The full list of winners follows:

Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave"

Best Director: Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"

Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"

Best Actress: Brie Larson, "Short Term 12"

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"

Best Adapted Screenplay: "12 Years a Slave"

Best Original Screenplay: "American Hustle"

Best Cinematography: "Gravity"

Best Animated Film: "Frozen"

Best Documentary: "20 Feet from Stardom"

Best Foreign Film: "Blue is the Warmest Color"

Best Ensemble: "12 Years a Slave"

Fox Searchlight Pictures announced earlier this week that the company will re-release director Steve McQueen's Golden Globe Award nominated film in select cities for a special return engagement on Friday, January 17.

The most-nominated film of the year, 12 YEARS A SLAVE has already garnered over 20 major nominations from groups including The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Nominated for 7 Golden Globes including Best Picture), Screen Actors Guild (Nominated for 4 SAG Awards including Best Ensemble), FILM Independent (Nominated for 7 Spirit Awards including Best Feature), and has earned numerous Critics Groups accolades including Best Picture from Washington DC Area Film Critics and New York Film Critics Online. After winning the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Mill Valley Film Festival, 12 YEARS A SLAVE opened domestically on October 18 and has grossed over $35 million, making it the most successful English-language specialty platform release of the year.

12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.

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