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by Liku Zelleke
January 12th was the night the whole world was focused on one event: the 71st Golden Globe Awards. Millions of viewers were glued to their screens watching and waiting to see which movie and which actor would go home with the much coveted awards.
Although there were no clean sweeps as was usual in previous Award shows, some of the anticipated nominees did get their just due.
One sure bet that didn’t disappoint was the movie “12 Years a Slave“.
The movie, about a free man that was kidnapped and then sold into slavery, won the top prize – Best Picture (Drama). It was able to pick up the sole award although it had been nominated for seven, a tie for the highest number of nominations with “American Hustle“.
“12 Years a Slave” is the third feature film directed by Steve McQueen who was there to receive the award. It was written for film by John Ridley and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup.
It is an adaptation of an 1853 memoir of the same title. In it, Northup tells how he was a New York State-born free Negro and was kidnapped in Washington D.C. in 1841 and then sold into slavery.
He was forced to work on plantations in Louisiana for 12 years before he was released.
“12 Years a Slave” first debuted at the Telluride Film Festival in August. It had its official premier at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
The movie’s budget was $20 million.
“American Hustle“, a movie about two con artists hired by the FBI to help in a sting operation won the Best Picture – Comedy or Musical. It also got actors Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence coveted awards too – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, respectively.
For the second year running, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the Golden Globes which were held at the Beverley Hilton Hotel in Beverley Hills, Los Angeles, Ca.