I was hoping that "12 Years a Slave" would win the Academy award as the best movie. It did...
I am teaching a course for the Ron Paul Curriculum (http://www.ronpaulcurriculum.com/public/2574.cfm) for first-year high school students. It is a detailed examination of classic autobiographies (http://www.ronpaulcurriculum.com/public/207.cfm). Before I had seen the movie, I had selected Twelve Years a Slave as one of them. Now that the movie has won the Academy Award, my students will pay much closer attention to the book.
It is a very good movie. In relation to the amount of money spent to make it, it is the best recent Hollywood movie I've seen. They spent about $20 million on this movie, not counting marketing. This is incredibly low. Yet the production quality is excellent. The photography is excellent. Everything about it is excellent. It shows that you can produce a really good movie cheap, as long as you can get cooperation from the actors: pay percentages, not salaries. There were only 2 big-money actors in it, Brad Pitt, who was a co-producer, and Benedict Cumberbatch, who is a hot property these days. Also in the cast were Paul Giamatti and Alfre Woodard, but neither is a headliner.
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