TIFF 2013 – Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” Wins Toronto Audience Award

The Steve McQueen-directed historical drama 12 Years a Slave was awarded top honours today at the  2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The highly awaited film was awarded the Toronto Audience Award today during the awards luncheon.

Other films that have won this award include Oscar-winning films American Beauty, Silver Linings Playbook, and Slumdog Millionaire. This is a very prestigious award and often winning this award leads to other nominations and to potential Oscar wins .

Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, and Chiwetel Ejiofor
Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, and Chiwetel Ejiofor

12 Years a Slave is base off of the true story of Solomon Northup’s life as a slave. Northup was a free man living in upstate New York, until he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841 and eventually freed in 1853.

This film has an absolutely stellar cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Alfre Woodard. If you have not seen the trailer, be sure to watch it here.

12 Years a Slave - poster

Do you think 12 Years a Slave will win any Oscars this year? Are you interested in seeing this film when it is theatrically released on October 18, 2013?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Television Exclusive – Gabourey Sidibe Cast in “American Horror Story: Coven”

Fans of the hit show, American Horror Story, maybe be interested in hearing this recent bit of casting news. The show’s co-creator Ryan Murphy announced the news via twitter this morning that Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), has been cast in a role for season three.

Ryan Murphy - AHS tweet

Most of the fans of the show may already know that the third season is entitled American Horror Story: Coven. Sidibe will be working with on the show Kathy Bates, whom was also recently cast in a role for season three. American Horror Story also stars Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, and Lily Rabe. There are not too many details about the characters Sidibe and Bates will be playing, but it is reported that this season is going to involve more witches. Be sure to check back in for more details soon!  

Are you a fan of American Horror Story? Will you be tuning in when season three premieres this October? What do you think of this casting news? What kind of character do you think Sidibe will be playing?

Gabourey Sidibe

Source: Entertainment Weekly