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12 Years A Slave wins Bafta for best film

Published on Feb 17, 2014 6:11 AM
 
(From left) US producer Dede Gardner, US producer Jeremy Kleiner, British director Steve McQueen, Producer Anthony Katagas and US actor Brad Pitt pose with their awards for best film for 12 Years A Slave at the Bafta British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on Feb 16, 2014. 12 Years A Slave won the best film award on Sunday at the Baftas, seen as an indicator for the upcoming Oscars. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Harrowing historical epic 12 Years A Slave won the best film award on Sunday at the Baftas, seen as an indicator for the upcoming Oscars.

The film, adapted from Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir, took the most prestigious prize at a star-studded ceremony at London's Royal Opera House.

The film scored an earlier success when British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who portrays free black man Northup as he is kidnapped and enslaved in the United States, walked away with the best actor prize.

Director Steve McQueen used his acceptance speech to thank his "one and only mother" and to highlight the issue of modern day slavery.

 
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