Sept. 15--"12 Years a Slave," the historical drama written by Mequon native John Ridley, won the top audience prize at the Toronto International Film Festival Sunday, Variety reports.
Directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave" is being talked about as an Oscar front-runner. The movie is based on the true story of a black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 19th-century America.
The audience award was the second bit of good news for Ridley from Toronto this weekend. On Friday, it was reported that "All Is By My Side," a movie about Jimi Hendrix written and directed by Ridley, was picked up for distribution by Open Road.
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