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Best Picture Front-Runner:12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen’s gripping survival saga won the top prize at the Toronto Film Festival, where it became the first sure thing of this Oscar season. The true story of a free black man (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who is kidnapped and sold into bondage in the 1840s leaves audiences speechless, but some Academy voters have been intimidated by descriptions of its violence.
Image Credit: Francois Duhamel
November 11 2013 — 12:00 AM EST