Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave” was named Best Picture – Drama at Sunday’s 71st annual Golden Globes awards.
The film, based on the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup, was the most-nominated drama of the night with seven total nods. The lead is played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, as a free man who was kidnapped into slavery in 1841.< p> The Best Picture win was its only award of the night. The other Best Picture – Drama nominees were “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Philomena” and “Rush.”
“12 Years A Slave” first debuted at the Telluride Film Festival in August and had its official premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.
McQueen’s film, his third feature following “Hunger” and “Shame,” is a favorite to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards in March.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the 71st annual Golden Globes, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Last year, “Argo” won Best Picture – Drama at the Golden Globes.