After much success in the box office, ‘12 Years a Slave’ wins big at the 71st annual Golden Globe awards. Sunday night the film nabbed the award for Best Motion Picture, Drama. The historic biopic appeared to be a favorite, winning over films such as ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Gravity,’ ‘Philomena’ and ‘Rush.’
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Directed by Steve McQueen, ‘12 Years a Slave’ tells the true story of a free black man from New York State, who was kidnapped and sold into to slavery. The film was released in October 2013 to limited theaters earning $8.7 million in sales. It has been reported that the film has now reached over $38 million in domestic sales and $51 million in sales worldwide.
The Golden Globes winners are chosen by prestige entertainers and journalist recognized as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, also known as the HFPA. According to the LA Times, a win at the Golden Globes increases the film’s chances at a win during awards season.
Another big winner from Sunday night was the film “American Hustle” for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical.
‘12 Years a Slave’ recently received a nomination for the NAACP Image Awards for outstanding film. The Oscar nominations will be announced January 16th, and the Academy Awards will take place on March 2nd.
If you have yet to see the film, ‘12 Years a Slave,’ be sure check out our review right here.