Breakout Stars of 2013: Michael B. Jordan, Kendrick Lamar and Mike WiLL

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  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Chadwick Boseman
  • Steve McQueen
  • Danai Gurira
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Mike Will Made It
  • Uzo Adbua, Laverne Cox
  • Condola Rashad
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Breakout Stars of 2013
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Kerry Washington
  • Lupita Nyong'o
  • Miley Cyrus

Steve McQueen

In 2011, Steve McQueen wowed the film world with the controversial drama Shame. But the British director’s follow-up movie 12 Years a Slave literally put the filmmaker on the breakout star map. With his interpretation of the true-life story of Solomon Northup, McQueen created a bold, daring cinematic statement on the horrors of slavery that will be forever imprinted in the heads of all the film’s audience. Now, the 44-year old is on the short list of possible Academy Award-nominated directors for 2014.

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