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Watch: EXCLUSIVE Clip from Must-See '12 Years a Slave' with Oscar Contenders Ejiofor, Fassbender and Nyong'o

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 17, 2013 at 3:10PM

Since its debut at Telluride, Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" has become the film to beat in the Best Picture Oscar race. Check out an exclusive clip, below, in which Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o) admits to her master Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) that she went to a neighboring plantation to get a small bar of soap.
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Fassbender, Nyong'o, Ejiofor in '12 Years a Slave'
Fassbender, Nyong'o, Ejiofor in '12 Years a Slave'

Since its debut at Telluride, Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" has become the film to beat in the Best Picture Oscar race. Check out an exclusive clip, below, with the film's three likely acting Oscar contenders. In the clip Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o) admits to her master Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), with whom she is having sex, that she went to a neighboring plantation to get a small bar of soap. The aftermath of this moment is horrific. 

The film hits theaters this weekend, October 18, via Fox Searchlight. See Charlie Rose's interview with the "12 Years a Slave" gang here, our TOH! interview with lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor here; director Steve McQueen, producer Dede Gardner and screenwriter John Ridley. There's a reason we're all over this must-see film: it fills a gaping void in cinema history.


This article is related to: Video, Video, 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen, Steve McQueen, Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.