"12 Years a Slave" was a big winner at the 14th Annual Black Reel Awards held Thursday, February 13 in Washington D.C. The slavery drama bagged eight prizes, including the coveted Outstanding Motion Picture award.
Lead star Chiwetel Ejiofor won the Outstanding Actor. He brought home another trophy, Outstanding TV Movie Actor, through his role on BBC's "Dancing on Edge". His co-star Lupita Nyong'o also earned two: Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female.
Steve McQueen, the man behind the historical drama, was awarded with Outstanding Director, while John Ridley won Outstanding Screenplay. The movie got two other prizes in Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Score (Hans Zimmer) categories.
"The fact that in one of the strongest years for Black film in recent memory, one film was able to be so dominant is a testament to the vision of Steve McQueen, the screenplay by John Ridley and the fantastic performances of the trio of actors led by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o," said Black Reel Awards creator and Executive Director, Tim Gordon. "This will be a year no one forgets."
Danai Gurira ("Mother of George") was named Outstanding Actress, while Barkhad Abdi ("Captain Phillips") took home the Outstanding Supporting Actor and Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male prizes. Documentary "Twenty Feet from Stardom" was another winner with two gongs.