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Best: 12 Years a Slave
While The Butler was a populist film with an uplifting ending that could be embraced by the masses, Steve McQueen's gritty 12 Years a Slave held up an unflinching mirror to America's troubled past. Excrutiating as it is to watch, the film — starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery — forces us to come face-to-face with our history and features some of the best performances of the year.
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