10 Days of Oscars: 12 Years a Slave

BY: SHANE NEWELL

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“12 Years a Slave” is one of the most powerful and eye-opening films that has been made since such classics as “Schindler’s List.” Featuring impressive performances from Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave” is as moving as a film can be.

The story of a free black man who was kidnapped and forced to live as a slave, “12 Years a Slave” sheds necessary light on just how cruel Americans used to treat those who weren’t white.

Lashing, whippings and horrible physical abuse make their appearances throughout the film to showcase the actual evils that were committed in the 1840s and 1850s.

Why should this film win the Best Picture Oscar?

There are so many reasons.

First, “12 Years a Slave” possesses a story so redeeming and rewarding that it should be recognized as brilliantly written. In addition, the story is original and based on real historical events. When it comes to “12 Years a Slave,” it’s no fables, just facts.

“12 Years a Slave” also uses its subject matter to educate modern audiences on the evils of slavery. Instead of reading about how atrociously slavery was in the 18th and 19th centuries, “12 Years a Slave” shows it in the flesh. Nothing is spared in making the film as authentic as possible.

Only once in a while is a film like “12 Years a Slave” made. Oscar voters should reward the film on its merit, integrity and ability to move audiences. Giving the award to another film like “Nebraska” or “American Hustle” would only serve to cheapen what “12 Years a Slave” has sold.