'Oscar' 2014 Predictions: 12 Things to Know Why '12 Years a Slave' is Getting the Bundle
By Alyssa Ashley Lucas | February 28, 2014 12:25 AM EST
"12 Years a Slave" has received numerous awards since its wide release in November. The film is listed on top and considered to be one of the front-runners for the Academy Awards.
Producer Jeremy Kleiner accepts the outstanding motion picture award for "12 Years a Slave" during the 45th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, California February 22, 2014.
Here are 12 Things to Know why 12 Years a Slave is Getting the Bundle, namely the awards from the six Oscar nominations it has received.
#1 The most important movie nominated for the Oscars' main prize
Entertainment Weekly expresses its opinion on why 12 Years a Slave should win Oscars Best Picture. The Web site says that the film should win because it is clearly the most important movie nominated for the Oscars' main prize.
#2 It scores 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes
This is the result of several reviews and rates from the Rotten Tomatoes Web site.
#3 Has its historical ignificance
Entertainment Weekly says that the film has its historical significance because there is no high school that adds "Philomena" to their curricula these days.
#4 A phenomenal artistic achievement
The film is a phenomenal artistic achievement as on a purely visual level, it is more striking than any other nominated film.
#5 It is practically made for the Best Picture category
Daily Sundial believes that there is no movie in recent memory that has depicted such a dark time in history with such honesty and unflinching brutality. The film does not only deserve Best Picture, but it is practically made for the category.
#6 A richly detailed, rigorously composed historical drama
Newsday reports that 12 Years a Slave is one of the frontrunners for Oscars Best Director. It said that the film is a richly detailed, rigorously composed historical drama about a free black man sold into slavery in 1841, and the other nominees are just happy to be nominated.
#7 Easier to admire
Newsday believes that the film maybe easier to admire than to love, which could still be a good thing. Steve McQueen is a film director that is austere, classical, violent, which follows the footsteps of Rubrick.
#8 Is based on real-life events
#9 The best science fiction
The News Journal takes a look at 12 Years a Slave and brings up Solomon Northup's memoir, published in 1853, in which the film was based. It says that the book reads a bit like the best science fiction, in the sense that the world that the story depicts is fully recognizable, but with an odd twist, which is slavery, that gives it a constant sense of being off-kilter.
#10 A hand in creating time
This adds up to the fact that Leonard Holton Jr., the fourth grandson of Northup had said that the film was hard to watch, knowing it was someone - a character in the movie - who had a hand in creating time. 12 Years a Slave is striking a cord from deep within.
#11 Astonishing and nearly flawless
#12 It's unmissable, unforgettable, and probably unbeatable
Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave commands attention as a piece of art. It's unmissable, unforgettable, and probably unbeatable as Time Entertainment thinks.
12 Years a Slave was first released on Oct. 18, 2003, but got the wide audience release on Nov. 18, 2013. For readers and viewers expect to watch the film in the comforts of their homes, a DVD of the film will be released on March 4, 2014, which is two days after the 2014 Academy Awards.
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