12 Years a Slave scores a new audience and Oscars

 

The Staking Out and Flogging of Patsey

The Staking Out and Flogging of Patsey, p. 256 in Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northrup, a Citizen of New York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853 (Auburn: Derby and Miller, 1853).

Last night (in case you missed it) the Steve McQueen directed, Brad Pitt produced 12 Years a Slave scooped up some Oscars last night. The movie and its casts won:

Best Picture

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o

Best Adapted Screenplay by John Ridley.

Undoubtedly, this movie is bringing to the masses a more realistic portrayal of slavery’s cruel and exploitative nature. It has encouraged numerous people I know to read more slave narratives. I believe that Hattie McDaniel’s spirit smiled for Lupita’s Oscar win last night for bringing Patsey’s wretched story to life. I applaud Steve McQueen for including the fact that slavery continues in the present day.

Still, the best speech was Lupita’s and you’ll see why by watching this video. I think the real Patsey, Solomon Northrup, and scores of others who experienced the slavery period and its aftermath were pleased with her.

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2 responses to “12 Years a Slave scores a new audience and Oscars

  1. Nice job here. It’s also important to not directly compare the film and enslavement narrative by Solomon Northrup per se. The film and book are different products for different times, audiences, and purposes. There were some issues I had with the film, but overall I am very pleased with how it presents issues of enslavement and everyday life for those individuals. The “problematic” point is it’s “Hollywood” happy ending. Enough thoughts for now. I’m tired. :)

    • There were some others who had a couple of issues with the film; yet, it is clear there is a major break between this film and the well-known Gone with the Wind.

      Thanks for following along!

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